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Local bank celebrates first century


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With Mt. Dewey in the background, the Bank of Alaska opened its vault to Wrangell in 1916. A century later and just across the street, the branch – now a Wells Fargo – celebrated its centennial last Friday.

The local Wells Fargo branch celebrated a century of business in Wrangell last weekend, with a community appreciation day held on Friday.

Patrons to the bank and curious bystanders were able to check out displays charting the location's history, including old advertisements and newspaper cutouts, photographs, ledgers and other artifacts.

Wrangell's First Bank of Alaska opened its doors in May 1916, across the street from the bank's present location next to Ottesen's. After doing a turn as the Stikine Branch of the First National Bank of Ketchikan, it

eventually became part of the National...

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