In 1944, a group of Kearney businessmen raised enough capital to charter Platte Valley State Bank. The bank was located on the corner of 23rd Street and Central Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska. In 1962 ground was broken for the construction of the new "ultra-modern" round bank and the "Circle of Service" was launched. At that time the bank had eight million in total assets and ten employees.
By June of 1998, the “Circle of Service” was expanded to a "Financial Center" with new and expanded services all under one roof and nearly $320 million in assets and 43.27% of the deposit market share in the city of Kearney. Three years later services were expanded to include the Grand Island, Nebraska area. By 2016, two additional branches were opened for business in Grand Island.
Now operating as First National Bank, we are part of First National of Nebraska. For nearly 160 years, First National Bank has maintained its commitment to helping build strong communities
We don’t claim to have been the primary builders of the communities we serve. Many people over many generations did that with their hard work, dedication and vision. But a local bank that understands and embraces the community’s vision can make a big difference, and we are proud of our commitment to these principles.
First National Bank is proud of our history. We were founded in 1857 by two brothers – Herman and Augustus Kountze. Though our founders were engaged in the rough-and-tumble business of the pioneers, they created an innovative and forward-looking organization. We were among the first banks to issue credit cards – long before most other banks did – and we were the first U.S. company to use fuel cell technology as its primary power source. That’s how we approach the future, as well, and we hope you will take the journey with us.
The Kountze brothers envisioned that their bank would succeed and have a positive impact on the communities they served. We continue to harbor big dreams for the future of the communities we serve, just like Herman and Augustus did.