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Our History


In June 1957, approval was given by appropriate governmental agencies for a national bank in Cortez, Colorado. The First National Bank was to be located on the corner of Main and Elm Streets, in the heart of Cortez. The stockholders of J.J. Harris Bank voted to consolidate with First National Bank, Cortez. Wilkes Bozman was named President and the new bank opened for business on May 29, 1958.

The growth of the bank since it was organized has been steady and conservative. As banking changed over the years, so did First National Bank, yet it has always kept it’s belief that face to face interaction with customers and involvement in the local community should remain within its core values.



After more than fifty years in downtown Cortez, and multiple remodels to the original building, the Board of Directors determined it was time for a new building. In the fall of 2010, First National Bank, Cortez began building their new state of the art building at 2258 East Main Street and it was completed in early 2011. With an open and modern design, the lobby features “teller pods” which removes the barriers between customers and relationship bankers and provides a more personal approach. Expansive windows allow for an amazing view of the La Plata mountains. Glass offices add to the open concept and customers can relax in the “community café”.



First National Bank, Cortez has gone through many changes over the years. New products and services as well as our new facility reflect the growth and maturity of a true community bank. Let us show you how we can be “Your Bank…Face to Face”.