Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Red Mountain Railroad, Mining and Smelting Company dating back to the early 1900's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Treasurer, was printed by the Chas. H. Elliott Company of Philadelphia, and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 8 1/4" (h).
The vignette features a freight train passing a gondola car. A series of factories in the background belch black smoke into the sky.
Very hard to find piece.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
In 1902, George Crawford spearheaded the organization of the Red Mountain Railroad, Mining and Smelting Company, whose goal was to drive what became known as the Joker Tunnel from a point near the Silver Bell beneath the old workings of the Yankee Girl, Guston, Genesee-Vanderbilt, and other mines. The goal was to explore at depth, mine, and dewater all at the same time.
Construction commenced in 1904, and by 1907, the Joker extended some 4,800 feet to reach the mines either directly or through laterals. The Joker succeeded in opening up workings closed for years by too much water. Crawford gained control through purchase or lease of about 2,000 acres of mining property, but the tunnel never got farther than the Genessee and so never reached the National Belle or the Congress.
The Joker closed in 1913, which effectively shut down the most of the district again. The Silverton Railroad, which the company had acquired in 1906, closed a few years after World War I.