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Our History

Your Neighbor and Banking Partner Since 1901

At the turn of the century, 25 years after Colorado became a state, people in rural Southeast Colorado needed a local bank that understood the unique requirements, challenges and values of the residents and businesses of that region. First National Bank was founded in Las Animas in 1901, to serve that purpose.

While our founders wouldn’t recognize many of the services we offer today – online banking, mobile banking, ATMs and debit cards – they would be perfectly at home with our values.

We still put honesty, integrity and helping others above all. Through agricultural and business loans, mortgages and a broad range of other financial services, we work hard every day to help local businesses grow, residents thrive and communities prosper.

Contact us at any of our locations to see how we can help you meet your financial needs.


1901:  The Comptroller of the Currency issues Charter #6030 to the organizers of the First National Bank of Las Animas. We open our doors with assets of $50,000.

1930s:  During the Great Depression, we remain conservative and strong, weathering the conditions that led to so many bank closures.

1982:  First Bankshares of Las Animas is formed to acquire our bank, which now has $15 million in assets.

1990:  We acquire the facility and deposits of Otero Savings.

1993:  We open our La Junta office.

2002:  We open our Monument office and reach total assets of $120 million.

2006:  We acquire our office in Fowler – our fourth location.

2012:  We purchase First National Bank of Ordway with its offices in Ordway and Rocky Ford. Our total assets reach $300 million.

2020:  First National Bank at Flying Horse office in Colorado Springs opens – our seventh location.

2023:  We updated our name to First National Bank Colorado to reflect the unity of our seven Colorado locations.