Liberty National Bank Holds Open House, Grand Opening of Downtown Facility

LAWTON Okla_ Liberty National Bank held an open house of the Bank's main renovated downtown Lawton facility Thursday afternoon, April 11.

Customers and the general public were invited to tour the Bank Thursday afternoon, where large murals depicting the photographic history of Lawton and Comanche county were on display in the lobby and ground floor office areas. Hundreds of photographs trace the founding, growth, important events, people and heritage of Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma.  Most of the old photographs displayed throughout the bank are copies, many of which were acquired from The Museum of the Great Plains.  The photos were chosen from "many different collections" donated to the Museum by individuals, businesses or organizations.

All of the photographs are grouped into categories and date from 1901 to the 1980s.  These categories include: "Tent City"; "Early Lawton Downtown Businesses"; "Fort Sill"; "Native Americans"; "Elgin"; "Medicine Park"; "Wichita Mountains and Lake Lawtonka"; "Entertainment"; "Women Working"; "Fire and Police Department"; "Hospitals"; "Schools"; "Parades"; "Aerials"; and "Urban Renewal".

Liberty National Bank purchased the downtown location building from Public Service Company of Oklahoma in 2002.  It was remodeled at that time and opened as the Bank's downtown branch in Oct 2002.  The Bank's name was changed from Bank of Elgin to Liberty National Bank.  A new building renovation began in January 2012. The architectural firm that designed the renovation plan was Bundy, Young, Sims, & Potter Inc. The building contractor was Herring Construction Company.  The building renovation was completed in 10 months.

Liberty National Bank began as the Bank of Elgin in 1902.  In 1997, the Bank of Elgin was purchased by Clayton L. (Buddy) Green Jr.  Bank assets at the time were $23 million.   As of December 31, 2012, Bank assets exceeded $249 million.