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First National Bank

Location: Second Street and Lincoln Highway, DeKalb

The institution housed in this building was first established in 1859 as the E. T. Hunt and John Hamilton Company at 236 Lincoln Highway. The company later was purchased by Dr. Rufus Hopkins and E. P. Young and renamed Rufus Hopkins & Company.

The DeKalb National Bank was established in 1882 with H.P. Taylor as president Jacob Haish as vice president and T. A. Luney as cashier. In 1902 the institution was renamed First National Bank of DeKalb and in 1934 was changed again to First National Bank in DeKalb. The bank changed locations in 1967 moving to 141 West Lincoln Highway and the building subsequently became home to the Nehring Cultural and Tourism Center named for the bank's principal stockholder at the time. In June 2000 the institution became Castle Bank DeKalb.

The first stage of a major renovation project began in 2001 the first such project the building had undergone since the middle of the last century. Funding for the renovation was provided by the city of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District. The Nehring Cultural and Tourism center building is now home to the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and Main Street DeKalb Inc.

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Main Street DeKalb Inc.

Images of First National Bank.
Source: O'Connor Sean. "Bank Revisits its History." Northern Star Monday, February 11 2002.

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