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Lot 72

Gold Rush Stock Certificate

72. STANISLAUS CENTRAL BRIDGE COMPANY. Engraved pictorial stock cetificate completed in manuscript, illustrating steamship, suspension bridge, and train at top. No. [610] Sonora, [March 4,] 185[3], Stanislaus Central Bridge Company, Chartered for 50 Years, from October 1852.... [below border]: Printed at the Dispatch Office, Commerical Street, San Francisco. Signed by Lewis C. Gunn as secetary and Byrne as President and P. O. Byrne as President (and founder of Poker Flat). Very fine.

     Not in Greenwood. The central vignette depicts one of the great misfortunes in this Gold Rush Company’s operations. The suspension bridge depicted on the certificate spanned the Stanislaus River, cutting hours of travel time between Stockton and Sonora. After the bridge was built, but before it was supposed to be open to traffic, it was determined that its load-bearing capacity was not great enough, and more cable chains were ordered installed. For unknown reasons traffic was allowed on the bridge anyway, which collapsed under the weight of a wagon and its team. ($200-400)

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