As we begin our 100th year of operation, we want to thank the people who have contributed to our success- our loyal customers; our communities; our shareholders and our dedicated employees. Each of you have contributed to our rich legacy and solid history, and will continue to play a role in our future success. We look forward to putting Montanans First for the next 100 years.
Navigate through some historic photos and documents and learn about our rich legacy and history.
First Montana Bank was founded in Libby, Montana in 1913 as First State Bank of Libby. The bank has remained a mainstay in downtown Libby for the past 100 years.
Libby Bank Fires
Fires in 1945 and 1973 heavily damaged the bank building, but due to the perseverance of our staff and help from the community, not a single customer hour was lost.
Marcus Daly and W.L. Hoge founded Anaconda's first bank in 1883. Hoge, Anaconda's first mayor, sold his interest in the bank to Daly in 1895 and the institution became the Marcus Daly & Company Bank.
First Montana Bank is located in the Historic Daly Bank building. In 2002, the bank completed a massive restoration to return the Victorian-era Romanesque building to its original condition.
In the mid-1860s, C.P. Higgins and Frank Worden began plotting what would become the town of Missoula along the northern bank of the Clark Fork River. This road is know today as Front Street in downtown Missoula, one block south of our current location.
The Montgomery Ward building, currently the home of First Montana Bank's Corporate offices, was built in 1935. In 2005, the building underwent a renovation and restoration to return the exterior to its original appearance.
Kalispell is considered the gateway to Glacier National Park. In 1910, under the influence of George Bird Grinnell, Henry L. Stimson and the railroad, a bill was introduced to the U.S. Congress which redesignated Glacier from a forest preserve to a National Park.
The city of Bozeman was founded by John M. Bozeman in 1863 after the opening of the Bozeman Trail, an overland route connecting the gold rush territory of Montana to the Oregon Trail.
In the early 20th Century, over 17,00 acres of Gallatin Valley was planted in edible peas and the area was once known as the "Sweat Pea Capital of the Nation."