The First National Bank of Jayton was established in 1907 by pioneers of Kent County, Robert Goodall, Thomas E. Murdoch, Joe L. Lay and Thomas Fowler. After a few years of operating out of the Garnett Hotel Building, the bank began plans for their own building. In 1912 the building was constructed in the typical style of early 20th century banks with added features from the architect, Rockwell H. Stuckey, such as the domed skylight. In their new building, the bank prospered serving a primarily agrarian customer base until 1932 when it went into the receivership of the Comptroller of the U.S. Currency and became another victim of a worldwide pattern of business failures.
In 1955, an 18 month lease was signed making the First National Bank Building the designated Kent County Courthouse. After this lease expired, the Fowler Insurance Agency occupied the building.
In 1962 the Kent County State Bank was established and constructed a new building adjacent to the First National Bank Building. This group acquired the First National Bank Building and used the part not occupied by the Fowler Insurance Agency for storage. In 1995, the decision was made by Kent County State Bank to renovate the building to accommodate for their expanding operations and Fowler Insurance Agency was closed. Renovation plans included the restoration of the interior and exterior of the bank. Extensive documentations, investigations and historical research were conducted and renovations began. Only a moderate amount of original fabric and finish was removed during restoration.
In September 2009, Bank of Texas, which is part of Tall City Bancshares, Inc. (TCBI), was formed to acquire Kent County State Bank. Our Jayton location, located at 102 N Donaho Ave, in Jayton, Texas, still operates from the old First National Bank Building.
In January 2010, Bank of Texas grew to include two new branches in Midland and El Paso, Texas. Since this change, the Bank has re-branded to focus on Commercial Banking. David Kirk is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bank of Texas and TCBI. Mr. Kirk has approximately 40 years of highly successful banking experience. Ray Owen is the President of Bank of Texas and TCBI and he has 29 years of banking experience.
The directors, officers and bank staff are committed to maintaining the history, longevity, tradition and success that have been exhibited throughout the West Texas banking community, while providing the highest quality of personal, friendly banking services to our customers. We are "West Texas Friendly" and our vision is to help those we serve - community, customers, employees and shareholders - achieve their goals and dreams through our financial products and services.
Midland (432) 221-6100
El Paso (915) 313-6700
Jayton (806) 237-2644
Routing # 111323809
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