In 1835, the Indiana State Bank Building was built after the state established a Second State Bank of Indiana. As the largest city in Indiana, it made sense to have a branch in New Albany.
The bank was believed to have been robbed by the infamous bank robber Jesse James in the late 19th century. James was known to hang out in Bardstown, Kentucky which was approximately 50 miles away. It was no big deal for the outlaw to knock off a bank and then lay low for a while.
In the late 19th century, the building became home to a church, the Red Cross, and several restaurants. Today, it is TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana.
Former employees tell stories of feeling like they were being watched in the building. Footsteps were often heard late at night when no one else was there, and strange noises came from the staircase.
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