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Merchant's National Bank
New Bedford, Ma. - 6 +1 Photos

This is a page with 7 images on it.

Six are of the banks and one is of money.

This is the 2013 View of the location of the former Merchants bank.

Currently it is a bank in the same building and is called the Bay Coast Bank.

Read the info below for some real history.

The bank has been a part of the city for many years going back to 1825.

Below find four photographs of the Merchants and Merchants National Bank throughout it's history.
Just below is the Merchants Bank on the corner of Purchase and William streets in 1914 after Purchase Street had been widened. At the very bottom of this page is a Merchants $5.00 Bill issued in 1864.
click to enlarge Images below

Merchants National Bank - 1914 - New Bedford, MA.-

Below is the1914 period when the widening of Purchase caused the owners of the bank to decide to totally demolish the building and rebuild a new bank rather than to remodel by cutting 16 1/2 feet from the eastern side on Purchase street.
Below is the Merchants National Bank on the corner of Purchase and William Streets prior to the widening of Purchase Street.
Established as the "Merchants Bank" in 1825 it re-organized in 1865 as the "Merchants National Bank" and moved to this building it had built in 1893 - 1894 on Purchase and William Streets.
On June 16, 1913, it was voted that Purchase Street was to be widened by 16 1/2 feet.
By 1914, it had the new building above.
. (See the page for 1910 - 1919 for more details about the widening)
Merchant's National Bank 1897 New Bedford, MA.
Below is the second location of the Merchants Bank that was reorganized in 1865
It shared the building with the Mechanics Bank that occupied the north (left) part of the building.
Later it became the Fisherman's Pension Fund Building.

Merchants Bank 2nd location - New Bedford, Ma. -

The first Merchants Bank was located where the storefront is on the left in the image below this.
It was established in 1825.

First building of the Merchants bank in New Bedfod -
Below, an 1864 Five Dollar bill issued by the Merchants bank.
Merchants Bank Five Dollar Bill -