John S Cook & Company Building
The Bank of John S Cook & Company was first established in 1905 by John S Cook, as a private
bank, and with a capital of $50,000. In November 1906, the capital was increased to $250,000, divided into 2,500
shares of the par value of $100, and incorporated. The original incorporators were John S Cook, George S Nixon and
George Wingfield, who were also directors of the corporation. In 1908 George Wingfield purchased the interest of
George S Nixon, Mr. Nixon retired from the directorate, and W E Johnson was elected in his place. In 1909 George
Wingfield acquired the interest of John S Cook, Malvin E Hill was elected as director in the place of Mr. Cook.
George Wingfield was president; W E Johnson, vice-president, M E Hill, cashier; and J O Walthers, assistant
The three-story John S Cook & Company Building, located on the southwest corner of Golden
and Broadway (Ramsey Corner) Streets, was constructed in 1907. Construction was done under contract by George
Holesworth. The building was made of reinforced concrete with walls 26 to 36 inches thick. It boasted a stairway
made of Italian marble; windows of stained glass from Italy; and baseboards of Honduras mahogany. The safe's inside
vault weighed 6,600 pounds and could hold a million dollars in coin. The reported cost of the building is $90,000.
The John S Cook Bank Building was completed and opened for business in January, 1908. It was built to house the J S
Cook banking corporation, which was shortly absorbed by the First National Bank of Rhyolite, Nevada. The
post office moved into the basement in 1908; the First
National Bank of Rhyolite, Nevada occupied the first floor; and brokers' offices utilized most of the second and
Some remains of this building still stand in Rhyolite, Nevada today. It was the tallest building
in the town and its remains are the tallest in the ghost town. It was a magnificent building at one time. Its a
shame that it had to fall in ruins.
Cook Bank Building
Cook Bank Building
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For additional photos see the Cook Bank Building Photo Album.