Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Stillwater and St. Paul Railroad Company dating back to the 1800's. This document was printed by the American Bank Note Company and measures approximately 9 3/4" (w) by 6 1/2" (h).
This piece features three beautiful vignettes. At the top a train crosses an arched bridge while a second train can be seen in the background. In the lower left corner, a funnelstack sits at a busy station. The bottom center vignette features a paddlewheeler.
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The Stillwater and St. Paul Railroad was incorporated on June 24, 1867 and in 1870 connected the St. Croix River town of Stillwater to White Bear Lake, just northeast of St. Paul.
It received 65,123 acres of land grants and $25,000 in Stillwater municipal bonds.
On January 1, 1871, the line was leased by the Saint Paul & Duluth Railroad, which went on the purchase it in 1899.
On June 15, 1900, the Stillwater and St. Paul Railroad was transferred to the Northern Pacific when that company purchased the Saint Paul & Duluth.
Over the following decades, the gradual reduction in St. Croix steamboat traffic and the closure of Stillwater's saw mills, led to the line being downgraded to branch status. It was abandoned in the early 1980's.