Lewisville, Arkansas became significant during the timber boom at the start of the 20th century. As you know from an earlier post, the King-Whatley building was built in 1902 to house the Merchants and Farmers Bank. When Merchants folded in 1908, it became the home to First National Bank, who occupied the building in 1909.
here. I love a good mystery, but I was standing next to the answer and couldn't see the forest for the trees. Apparently, I was so distracted by the People's Bank and Trust Building, that I failed to notice the 1909 First National Bank building next door--but of course, at that moment, I did not know that there was a First National Bank building.
Finally, I compared the street view for Google Earth and can conclude with a fair amount of certainty that this was the First National Bank Building constructed in 1909. The Google earth view shows the front facade in a lighter colored brick, and the columns are just visible here, and below the canopy in the 1909 photo.
You might wonder why I don't have complete shots of the buildings, but it was very hot, and me and my walking stick were tiring out, so I had pretty much limited myself to walking down one block and just going with what I got. I was also still halfway from my destination, meaning yet another 7 hours on the road. Of course, if I had known what was right in front of my face, I would have sacrificed the few more minutes. What I do know is that I am headed back to Lewisville again, and with plenty of time to capture all the gems in this little town. I think I might even need to have a cup of coffee in the cafe and see if I can find anyone who wants to talk about their town.