DIAMONDVILLE BLUE GRAVEL MINING COMPANY - Incorporated May 1st, 1875 -
Small vignette on left side shows an early hydraulic gold mining
operation in the mountains. Location: Diamondville, Butte County, California.
Diamondville was located 6 miles west of Paradise, California.
According to my research, Diamondville no longer exists. It was
originally named after James Diamond.
The gold mines in this area were worked primarily by Chinese
immigrants. This company offered 3200 shares valued at $25 each. Office
at Dayton, California. Certificate printed by Bacon & Company, Printers, San Francisco. Unissued. (Dated 187_) Price - $65.00
1880s THE GRASS VALLEY WATER COMPANY - Incorporated December 20th, 1884 - Location of Works, Nevada County, California.
Shares valued at $10 each. This company started off with financing from
the Original Empire Mill and Mining Company in 1884. The Grass Valley
Water Company constructed canals and ditches which carried water to
power the Empire Mine's machinery. It was bought out by the North Star
Mine in 1898. Office at San Francisco. Unissued. (Dated 18__)
Price - $75.00
1931 WEST TULARE LAND COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of California October 24th, 1921 - Stock certificate #44, issued to W. G. Seibel for one share worth $100. Corporate seal punched at bottom center. Signed by A. C. Mohr as secretary. Price - $39.00
1880 NORTH FRESNO MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Jan. 27th, 1880 - LOCATION, FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed at top). Issued shortly after incorporation to company secretary, W. H. Allen
for 100 shares valued at $50 each. Stock certificate #31. Vignette
shows a group of early miners working in a tunnel. Office at San
Francisco, California. Price - $95.00
1879 CALIFORNIA DREDGING AND MINING COMPANY - Incorporated April 27th, 1877 - Certificate issued to company secretary, O. S. Buckingham
for 150 shares valued at $100 each, so at the time of issue, this
document was worth $15,000. This early gold dredging operation worked
the Feather River near Oroville, California.
Butte County. Corporate seal punched into left side. Printed in
shiny-gold ink so it looks better in person. The fine light green
background design is actually some of the earliest security print I
have seen. I was unaware the technology to print such an intricate
pattern was available way back then. Signed by Chas. H. Swain as president. Office at San Francisco, CA. Price - $120
THE SHASTA MAY BLOSSOM COPPER COMPANY, CONSOLIDATED - Incorporated May
26th, 1903 Under the Laws of Arizona - Principal Office, Phoenix,
Arizona (printed beneath center vignette). Issued to one of the company
directors, May B. Lindley for 5,000 shares. Center image shows Mt. Shasta in California.
The property was known as the Keith group of mining claims, located 13
miles from a railway and 27 miles NE of Redding, CA, in the Pittsburgh
or Copper City district. Ore produced copper, silver and gold. Also had
offices at Fruitvale and Winthrop, California. The town of Del Mar was
mentioned in my research as well. Signed by Frank J. Golden as president. Price - $95.00
1858 TUOLUMNE COUNTY WATER COMPANY - Incorporated September 4th, 1852 - Early California gold rush document issued just 10 years after the original James Marshall gold discovery at Sutter's Mill on the American River in 1848.
company was organized to develope and conserve water of the Stanislaus
River and channel this water with ditches and flumes to the various
placer gold mining operations near the town of Columbia in Tuolumne
Stock certificate issued for one share
valued at a whopping $250 each. This would have been quite an
investment in 1858! Spectacular, detailed vignette on left side shows
early miners working different types of wooden sluices and flumes of
the era. Signed by Joseph Pownall as secretary and J. McChesney company president. Printed by Lith. Britton & Rev, San Francisco.
Price - $425
1865 CHURCH UNION GOLD COMPANY - Organized Under the Laws of the State of New York - MINES IN EL DORADO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed at center). Corporate seal punched lightly into left side. Stock# 55, issued to Calvin C. Spencer
for 2,834 shares valued at $5 each - just 16 years after the original
gold discovery at Sutters Mill, which started the rush to California.
This would have been quite a sum of money in the 1860s! Signed by John B. Church as company president.
The Church Union Mine was located in the famous Mother Lode Gold Belt
in the Sierra Nevada foothills of western El Dorado County. The ore
veins contained free-milling gold and pyrite. The riches veins were the
Poundstone, McCosmic, Klondyke and Kidney.
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PACIFIC GUANO COMPANY - Incorporated in June of 1858 - This was a very
early fertilizer company. Guano (bird and bat dung) were mined from
extensive deposits on Johnston Island (now known as Johnston Atoll) and
shipped to the west coast to be sold to fertilize fields in the United
States. By 1890, the guano deposits were almost entirely depleted. A
complete company history can be found by using Google. Office at San
Francisco, California. The shares were offered at a whopping $500 each.
Stock certificate printed by Buswell & Co. Printers. Unissued. (Dated 186_) Certainly an unusual piece for your California historical collection! Price - $265
1882 ORO FINO GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Nov. 16th, 1881 - Stock certificate issued to Leonard Bowen for 500 shares valued at $10 each. EL DORADO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (printed beneath title). Corporate seal punched into left side. Signed by Geo. E. Wright as secretary and James Miller as company president. Office at Chicago, Illinois. The Oro Fino was an early California gold / quartz mine. Price - $150
GOLDEN HORSESHOE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1910) Under the Laws
of Arizona - Stock certificate #16, issued to company treasurer, A. J. C. Oddie for 70,000 shares worth 10 cents each. Manuel Berdu,
president. What a great name for a gold mine! This operation was
located at Horseshoe Bend on the Middle Fork of the Feather River, 12
miles south of the town of Quincy, California. Plumas County. Impressive vignette shows a Bald Eagle with wings spread. Printed by The Broun-Green Co. N.Y. Price - $85.00
1923 ARTESIA OIL COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA - Incorporated (in 1922) Under the Laws of California - Issued to Frank Hosier for 5 shares worth $10 each. Contains three detailed vignettes showing gushing oil wells. Price - $39.00
1929 SUNSET PACIFIC OIL COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of Delaware - Stock certificate issued to Frank Hosier
for 10 shares. Vignette shows an extensive west coast oil field along
the waters edge. The Sunset Pacific was a consolidation of the Julian
Petroleum and California-Eastern Oil companies. Offices at Los Angeles,
California. Mildred Murphy,
company secretary. Printed by the Jeffries Bank Note Company of Los
Angeles (I have not seen this printer before) Price - $39.00
GREENWATER FURNACE CREEK COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under
the Laws of Arizona - 100 share stock certificate issued to Joseph Herb. The Greenwater Mining District is in Inyo County, California.
According to a few sources, this company was a fraud. Stock was being
promoted and sold but no actual mine existed. Office at Los Angeles,
California. A. H. Bush, president and S. B. Cannell, company secretary. Price - $85.00
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EXPOSED TREASURE MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws
of the State of New York - Stock certificate issued to Joseph Allen Fuller for 500 shares valued at $5 each. Exceptional vignette. Mine located in the Mojave Mining District, Kern County, California. Signed by M. J. Goodenough as company secretary and Elijah R. Kennedy, president. Printed by the American Bank Note Company, New York. Price - $85.00
SAN DOMINGO GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the
State of California, April 2nd, 1898 - Stock certificate issued for 100
shares worth $10 each. This was a Calaveras County, California hydraulic gold mine.
Picture shows early miners operating high-pressure water hoses, washing
down gravel from the hillsides to wooden sluices at the bottom, where
the placer gold is concentrated. The company directors were H. P. Veeder as secretary and A. B. Thompson, president. Corporate seal punched near center. Office at San Francisco, CA. Price - $75.00
1906 FURNACE CREEK OXIDE COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of the Territory of Arizona - Mine located at Greenwater, Inyo County, California. Stock certificate issued to Ida Severne for 100 shares worth $5 each. Vignette shows four early prospectors filling a wheelbarrow with ore. Harry M. Bradhurst,
vice president. Printed by the American Bank Note Co., New York. Price - $89.00
THE WEDGE GOLD MINING, MILLING AND WATER SUPPLY COMPANY - Incorporated
(February 1897) Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - This
little gold mine in the Mojave Desert had a fascinating history! It was
located on a hill overlooking (what is now) the semi-ghost town of Randsburg, California in Kern County.
There was a small triangular-shaped piece of land left unclaimed
between the Butte and Kinyon mining claims. Some prospectors from Los
Angeles discovered it and promptly made a claim. As it turned out, this
little "Wedge" was the richest ground in the area, and only became
richer with depth. For a complete history of the Wedge Mine, I have
included the following link - you will also find an early photo there.
CHANNEL PEAK MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the State
of California - This was a gold mine located in Plumas County, California, in the Edmanton Mining District. The claim was on Spanish Peak at an elevation of 7,045 feet. Signed by P. E. Daniels as president. Office at Los Angeles, California.
Price - $75.00
1901 GRAND PACIFIC OIL COMPANY - Incorporated May 31st, 1900 Under the Laws of Arizona - This operation was located in Contra Costa County, California,
a mile east of the town of Lafayette. The Grand Pacific owned property
in the Coalinga and McKittrick Districts. Most notable is the
exceptional vignette, showing a scenic view of the rocky Pacific Coast
with numerous sailboats on the water. Signed by A. G. Deardorff as
company president. Office at San Francisco, California. Large
shiny-gold corporate seal affixed to the right side. I am only aware of
one other example. Price - $325
CALIFORNIA STOCK CERTIFICATES
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SEDALIA & CALIFORNIA OIL COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of
the State of California, USA. Sedalia, California is stamped in the
shiny-gold corporate seal. What is unusual about this certificate is
that the "BEARER" is owner of 5 shares. Price - $59.00
1881 THE GOLD STRIPE MINING COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA - Incorporated (in 1880) Under the Laws of the State of New York - Issued to Rowland S. King for 100 shares worth $10 each. Pink background design. GREENVILLE, PLUMAS COUNTY printed beneath title. Price - $185
THE SOUTH PACIFIC MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of the
State of New York - 100 share stock certificate issued to E. B. Johnson. Mine located at Salt Spring, California - Salt Creek Mining District - Death Valley. Signed by James F. Oliver
as company president. Printed by the Homer Lee Bank Note Co. N.Y.
Impressive vignette shows early miners working in tunnels underground.
The left side shows men using a rock drill and pickax and the right
side shows men loading two ore carts while a horse waits to pull the
load out. Also notable are the unusual engravings in the four corners
of the certificate. Price - $250
1880 THE SYKES PLACER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1880) Under the Laws of the State of New York - This was a Trinity County, California
hydraulic / placer gold mining operation. If you look closely, you can
see a Bald Eagle with wings spread in the center (green background
print). Price - $60.00
1913 WESTERN AMERICAN REALTY COMPANY - San Francisco, California. Issued to The William Carson Estate Company for 3 shares worth $100 each. Price - $39.00
1905 REPUBLIC MILL AND MINING COMPANY - Incorporated April 27th, 1877 - Eureka Mining District, Nevada
County, California (printed at top). This gold mine was located at
Grass Valley in the Hills Flat area. Signed by H. W. Meek
as president. Office at San Francisco. Original receipt is still
attached to left side. A nice little picture shows an early miner with
pickax and lunch pail in hand. Shares were valued at $100 each. Printed
by Croeker & Co's Print, S. F. Price - $49.00
CALIFORNIA NAVIGATION & IMPROVEMENT COMPANY - Stockton, California
- Large, panoramic vignette showing early sailboats and steamships.
Also interesting is there are names on some of the boats: Mary Garratt, J. D. Peters, T. C. Walker, J. R. McDonald. Unissued (Early 1900s) Price - $72.00
POTOMAC OIL COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the Laws of the
Territory of Arizona - Very impressive certificate. My research
indicates that the actual Potomac Oil Company properties were located
in California. Offices at Los Angeles, California.
Price - $85.00
HANDLY MINING COMPANY - Early stock certificate #12, issued just 5 days
after incorporation. The company offered $10 million in Capital Stock.
This certificate was issued for a whopping 21,900 shares valued at $100
each... so at the time of issue it was worth over $2 million!!! BODIE DISTRICT - MONO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA printed in lower-right corner.
The Handly Mine was located between the Goodshaw and the Bodie
claims. It was one of the earliest claims at Bodie. The ore contained
$300 - $400 in gold per ton (in 1878 dollars). Signed by Edward F. Stone as secretary and Clinton Gurnee, company president. Office at San Francisco, California. Printed by Lith. Britton & Rey of San Fancisco. RARE SOLD
SECRET CANYON MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of
California April 3rd, 1909. Principal Place of Business, Sacramento,
California. According to a 1911 Secretary of State (CA)
publication, this companys' charter was forfeited in 1910.... so this
was a very short-lived operation. Certainly a nice name for a mining
company. Unissued. Price - $46.00
FURNACE CREEK COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1906) Under the Laws of
the State of Washington - Stock certificate issued to one of the
company directors, Fred Birney for 100 shares. Named after the Death Valley town of Furnace, located in the Greenwater Mining District, Inyo County, California. Signed by W. C. Meyer as vice president and J. J. Stewart, secretary. Office at Spokane, WA. Price - $80.00
THE SANCHEZ AND SOLEDAD CONSOLIDATED GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY -
Incorporated Under the Laws of California - San Bernardino County. Ore
from this mine assayed from $20 - $1,000 per ton. The veins contained
some free gold and hornsilver. Property located on the north side of
Soledad Butte, about 4 miles southwest of Mojave. The first settlement
in this area was moved each time a new discovery was made - it was
known as "Soledad City". Issued at Los Angeles. Signed by James Noel as president. Mojave Mining District. RARE CERTIFICATE. Price - $350
SALT LAKE CALIFORNIA COPPER COMPANY - Incorporated (in
1907) in Utah with an office in Salt Lake City. Also had an office
at Smith River, Del Norte County, California. W. Mont Ferry was president and J. H. Turner
secretary. Had 10 mining claims near Smith River in the Low Divide
District, just 12 miles from the coast of California. The property was
first worked from 1857 - 1867 and was one of the first copper mines on
the Pacific coast. The ore contained copper, gold and silver.
Issued to L. B. McCornick. Price - $69.00
187_ MUNCKTON GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Incorporated July 29th, 1870 - Dunderberg Lode, Mono County, California.
Very attractive early certificate. This operation was located at Castle
Peak, on the head-waters of East Walker River. One of the founders was Dr. George Munckton.
Ore was hauled about 30 miles to Aurora, California. The gold was found
in a long vein of solid quartz. Office at Carson City, Nevada.
Unissued. Printed by Lith. Britton & Rey, San Francisco. Price - $75.00