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Historical society steps in to save Vale landmark

Patrons stand inside the First Bank of Vale in this early 20th Century photo. The Malheur Country Historical Society recently purchased the building and plans to renovate the old structure, one of the oldest in town. (Photo courtesy of The Malheur Country Historical Society).

VALE – Bob Butler thinks history is important.

So do the members of the Malheur Country Historical Society.

That is why the group decided to step in to preserve the building that was once the First Bank of Vale, situated at 148 Main St.

The First Bank of Vale, built in 1901, is one of the oldest buildings in in town, said Butler.

Construction took just three months, relying almost exclusively on locally quarried sandstone.

“It screams to be preserved,” said Butler

The bank building was . . .