Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Louisville Railway Company dating back to the 1890's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company and measures approximately 11 1/2" (w) by 7 1/2" (h).
This piece features a pair of vignettes - an electrified trolley at the center, and a female figure clutching lightning bolts at the right side.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
This company's roots trace bak to the Louisville City Rail Way Company, which was founded as a horse car operation in Louisville in 1859. It absorbed rival companies as the industry developed, and was renamed the Louisville Railway Company in 1880. The tracks were all 5 feet gauge.
In 1889, the company introduced the city's first electric streetcar line on Green Street - now Liberty Street.
Two years later, electrification of streetcar lines completed, with the Crescent Hill Mule Car Line being the system's last to rely on horse power.