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1911 bank robbery attempt put Laurel in the spotlight
1911 bank robbery attempt put Laurel in the spotlight

Laurel's Main Street in 1911 was a dirt road with vacant lots between businesses and houses, and the pace of traffic was slow. People on foot far outnumbered sputtering automobiles and pungent horse wagons, and walkers had to step lively to avoid piles of horse manure in the street. Citizens National Bank of Laurel was a tiny brick building on the corner of Main and Fourth streets. The bank was built in 1890 for approximately $7,000, half of which was the cost of the vault. The original structure is still there, totally absorbed into the current building. In 1911, the bank was still run by its first president, Charles H. Stanley Sr. A Civil War veteran, Stanley had been a keynote...

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