The Historic Percha Bank

The Historic Percha Bank, Hillsboro: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, The Historic Percha Bank Reviews: 4/5

The Historic Percha Bank
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Harry B
Livermore, CA171 contributions
Most of building dismantled - read up on history before visiting
Oct 2016
This two-story awesome brick building must have been impressive in its day. After the city folded, people used the bricks for other projects and all that is left are a couple of walls. I visited back in 1981. It is worth a side-trip if you are in the area. Watch out for unmarked vertical mine shafts on the nearby hillsides!
Written December 1, 2016
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lunanegra5
New Mexico309 contributions
Great building
May 2016 • Friends
Gary, from the Black Range Lodge, opened the bank for us for a little tour. The building maintains its historical status with the existing interior wooden structures including the teller's window. The original vault remains and is incredible to see. There are many historical photos and other artifacts. Absolutely worth a visit if you are history buff.
Written May 16, 2016
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Nancy C
El Paso, TX73 contributions
Stop by if in Kingston
May 2015 • Couples
Nice original building with local artists gallery. The bank has been turned into a museum, well staged by a local resident. The vault has a beautiful ornate door made by Diebold of Canton, Ohio.
Written May 26, 2015
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Alice B
Glendale, AZ8 contributions
Percha Bank
Aug 2014 • Couples
original, beautiful, the safe, structurally sound being so old and separate building within the bank itself. The safe door is even painted. I believe 5 windows for transactions still intact
Written September 12, 2014
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bluelanterns
Cedar Crest, NM1 contribution
A little history
Mar 2013 • Solo
Find the time it's opened and give it an hour. There are some great artifacts and you can get some oral history from the docent.
Written February 25, 2014
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Sheila W
Santa Fe, NM193 contributions
Historic Bank is showcase for local artists
May 2013 • Solo
Amazing original 1880's bank with original vault and teller windows is now an art gallery! Don't miss the opportunity to check out local artists work and see the vault that even visitors like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid left intact (maybe they were too busy hanging out at the 24 saloons in town or over at Sadie Orchard's brothel).
Written May 25, 2013
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Buck_Stephens_PhD
Tucson8 contributions
Bonita Barlow's Bank
In the picturesque Black Range Mountains community of Kingston, the historic Percha Bank and Museum on Main Street stands as a monument to former rough and tough days in what was once the largest and rowdiest town in New Mexico. Next door to the ancient and majestic Black Range Lodge (now a charming historical B&B), the bank has had several ill-fated attempts at being a museum. But Kingston is a sleepy community of about 50 residents along a dead-end main street and almost too far off the beaten path (NM highway 152) to support any kind of visitor-dependent enterprise. The bank now has a new direction and proprietor, art and artist Bonita Barlow from Truth or Consequences and Hillsboro. Bonita has assembled an intriguing collection of her own paintings, photographs, and sculptures and other creations from local artisans. Some of her art shows a strong influence of the Southwest, where she has lived for about 30 years. She is known for her satirical human-centric, folk-art paintings in her Satan Series, Fairy Tale Series, and Fight Series. She employs the rare technique of using glass beads in paint to produce a sense of transition as the viewer moves across the front of a picture. She also paints old furniture and old doors, and some of the doors stand side by side with knobs intact as a fence on the property, inviting the visitor to guess which one is truly the functional door. Also for sale are jewelry, gemstones, folk-art furniture, and painted silk clothing. The Hearts of God metal sculptures and woven metal bracelets by Phil Ginolfi are particularly interesting, as are the natural parchment and tree-limb lampshades by Veronique de Jaegher. Bonita also plans to soon start offering large reproductions of the plethora of historic black and white photos of the Kingston and Hillsboro areas; given the mystique and intriguing history of the region, these will likely be very popular with anyone interested in southwest New Mexico history. Stop by the bank and say hello to Bonita and learn about the history of Kingston and the Percha Creek area while browsing among some of the quirkiest and most -whimsical sophisticated folk art in southwest New Mexico.
Written September 7, 2008
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