Traveling WV: The Bank of Cairo
Cairo W.Va. —
You notice it as soon as you drive into town, The Bank of Cairo is a tall, elegant building, with a unique corner entrance. Built in 1896, and opened in 1897, the bank has survived robberies, floods, and even train wrecks. The bank is truly a throwback to another era, it's furnishings reflect the style of the early 19th century.
Ken Adams, the Vice Chairman of the North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation, provides guided tours of the building each Saturday during the summer season. Ken collects vintage typewriters, staplers, check canceling machines, and pencil sharpeners which fill the bank with a definite sense of nostalgia. The bank is also home to the North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation, and is located directly beside the beautiful North Bend Rail Trail. Visitors and cyclists can find information including maps and places of interest located along the trail.