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Seattle - Tacoma Short Line

$95.00

SKU: 4396
Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Seattle-Tacoma Short Line dating back to the early 1900's. This document, which is signed by the company Vice President and Secretary, was printed by the General Litho. & Ptg. Co. of Seattle, and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 9 1/4" (h).

 

This certificate's unique vignette features two allegorical female figures (representing Seattle and Tacoma) holding a wire over the Puget Sound on which a trolley travels. Mount Rainier domiantes the background.

 

Stunning piece!

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    The contract to build a interurban rail line between Seattle and Tacoma was originally awarded to C. E. Muckler and M. J. Wightman under the name Seattle-Tacoma Short Line - Muckler has signed this piece as the company Secretary.

    The line was to run from Fourth Avenue, along Spokane Street to the Seattle city limits before following the shore of the Puget Sound all the way to Tacoma. It was to be known as the "One Hour Scenic Route." Little work was ever done on the road, however, and the franchise was taken away from the Muckler and Wightman, and transfered to a new entity, the Seattle-Tacoma Short Line Company in 1909.

    In 1915, the Seattle city council rescinded the franchise for the line after little to no work was completed.

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