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Westcolang Lake and Delaware River Park


SKU: 4199
Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Westcolang Lake and Delaware River Park dating back to the 1880's. This document was printed by J. Ottmann Litho, and measures approximately 11 1/4" (w) by 7 1/4" (h).


This certificate features a great vignette of a hunting dog holding a duck in its mouth.

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

    In 1887, a party of New York and Brooklyn investors organized under the name of the Westcalong Lake and Delaware River Park Association, and purchased 5,000 acres of wild forest lands in Pike County, PA, for the purpose of establishing a game and fish preserve and an attractive pleasure resort.

    The property adjoined the famous 20,000-acre tract of the Blooming Grove Park Association and had easy access to New York via the Erie Railroad, which skirted the property on the banks of the Delaware River. The company planned to enhance the grounds, supplement the existing game and wildlife population and build a grand clubhouse on the shores of Lake Westcalong. The Erie even announced plans to build a station directly at the park’s new main entrance.

    A New York Times’ article, dated August 19, 1887 detailed the grand plans of the park, but no other information could be located, and it is doubtful that it ever actually came to fruition.