First Laurel welcome center to be housed in old First National Bank building

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The public was invited to celebrate three new tenants of the old First National Bank - Rasberry Financial Services, the original Lindsey wagon and the city's first welcome center on Thursday.

"The building still has the same architectural character that it did when it was built in 1903 and is a true cornerstone of downtown. We are proud to be here and happy to continue doing business in a building that has meant so much to the history of Laurel and Jones County", said Jim Rasberry, president of Rasberry Financial Services.

Rasberry Financial Services donated space for the future site of Laurel's first welcome center as well as a resting place for the Lindsey Wagon.

The Laurel Fire Department's Central Station helped move the wagon to its new home at the bank on Aug. 14.

Laurel native, John Lindsey invented and patented this game-changing piece of the early 20th-century logging industry in 1899.

Lindsey's company, the Lindsey Log Wagon Company, went on to be Mississippi's largest single employer for a period of time and shipped their invention as far as South American for logging use.

Laurel's first welcome center will also eventually make its home at the old First National Bank.

As an expansion of Laurel Main Street, the Welcome Center will provide visitors with brochures and information about the city, vendor applications for Main Street markets and a location to purchase event t-shirts.

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