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Sanborn, Cooperstown & Turtle Mountain Railway Company (Dakota Territories)


SKU: 2746
Product Details

Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Sanborn, Cooperstown & Turtle Mountain Railway Company dating back to the 1880's. This document was printed by the Argus Lith. Co. of Fargo and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 9 1/4" (h).

The beautiful vignette on this piece shows a train exiting a riverside tunnel. The paddlewheeler Argus appears in the background.


The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary.

Historical Context

The Sanborn, Cooperstown & Turtle Mountain Railway Company was chartered in the Dakota Territories on July 22, 1882.

The line ran from Cooperstown to Sanborn - a distance of 36 miles. Stops along the way included Odell, Dazey and Hannaford.

Before the line was built, mule teams were used by the Cooper Brothers to haul lumber and supplies from Sanborn to Cooperstown.

The railroad was originally owned and controlled by the Cooperstown Townsite Company. It was generally known that the Northern Pacific was behind the operation. The Northern Pacific had a gentlemen's agreement with Great Northern that they would build no branch lines north of their main lines if the Great Northern would build none south. Buying the railroad line after its construction was completed did not seem to violate this agreement.

With the help of the Northern Pacific, the line was later extended.