Beautifully engraved antique bond certificate from the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Company dating back to the early 1900's. This document, which is signed by the company Vice President and Assistant Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12 3/4" (w) by 9 1/2" (h).
This certificate's vignette features a train steaming down the tracks.
The Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad (Y&MV) was incorporated in 1882 and was part of the Illinois Central Railroad system (IC). Construction began in Jackson, Mississippi, and continued to Yazoo City, Mississippi. The line was later expanded through the Mississippi Delta and on to Memphis, Tennessee. In 1886, the IC purchased the Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad. In 1892, the IC bought the Memphis to New Orleans line, forming the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway. These lines were later merged into the Y&MV.
Between 1945 and 1946, the IC began to absorb its subsidiaries, and the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad ceased to operate as an independent railroad. Later railroad restructuring ended passenger service on this line.