THE CRIPPLE CREEK SILVER BELL MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1892)
Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Unique engraving shows the Mineral Palace at Pueblo, Colorado.
The history of this Mineral Palace is fascinating and certainly worth
the time to Google. Rare stock certificate issued for 500 shares.
Signed by C. L. Wall as president and Edward J. Scott as company secretary. Office at Pueblo. Printed by the Cactus Printing Company of Pueblo, CO. Price - $395
THE WHALIN TUNNEL AND GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws
of the State of Colorado - Attractive stock certificate printed with
lots of shiny-gold ink. Issued to W. C. Pochon for 1,000 shares. Picture shows a group of early miners working underground by candlelight. PUEBLO, COLORADO printed above the date. Price - $79.00
THE SUNNY BELLE MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1892)
Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Beautiful stock certificate
printed with lots of shiny-gold ink. Issued to company president, John G. Shields for a whopping 24,500 shares valued at $1 each. A huge sum of money in the 1890s! The Sunny Belle operated in Boulder County, Colorado. What a nice name for a mining company. A seldom seen piece of Colorado history. Price - $295
1890s THE YELLOW BOY GROUP MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1891) Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Aspen, Colorado
printed on the date line. Certificates from Aspen are tough to find and
are always in high demand. Except for the stock number, the entire
certificate was printed with bright, shiny-gold ink, which is quite
unusual. It is much more attracive in person, since scanners do not
pick up shiny ink very well. I found very little information about the
company. This was of course Pitkin County, Colorado. B. Clark Wheeler was the mine manager. The office was on Mineral Palace Block in Aspen. Unissued (Dated 189_) Price - $75.00
1900s THE GOLD PICK MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the
Laws of the State of Wyoming - The graphics on this certificate are
amazing! Notice the "Gold Pick" running through the company title. The
round seal and the head of the pickax are a shiny-gold color. In the
background you can see mountains and a miner pushing an ore cart out of
a timbered mine tunnel. A sign that says GOLD PICK directly above.
The Gold Pick was in operation around 1903 in Gunnison County, Colorado. Although unissued, this certificate was signed by company president, N. F. Patterson. Another name that came up in my research was D. S. Young,
who was the secretary. It was not uncommon for company directors to
sign a number of stock certificates in advance. Shares were valued at
just one cent each. Reverse side is dated 190_ . Price - $75.00
THE ISABELLA GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1892) Under the
Laws of the State of Colorado - TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE, EXCHANGEABLE ON
DEMAND AFTER DEC. 28, 1895 (printed in bold red ink at the top). This
variation of stock from the Isabella is much less common. Office at
Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cripple Creek Mining District.
Claims included the Buena Vista, Smuggler, Cheyenne No. 1, Cheyenne No.
2, Bully, Tom Thumb, Snow Bird, Aspen, Jack Rabbit Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4,
Hope No. 2, Bouncer, Old Hickory, Valeria, Two J's, Hobo and Comet, all
located on Bull Hill. Unissued. Price - $69.00
THE LEEDS MOUNTAIN GOLD AND SILVER MINING COMPANY - Organized Under the
Laws of the State of Colorado - Monarch Mining District, Chaffee
County. My research indicated that the workings were near the town of Maysville, Colorado.
Text on the reverse of certificate includes the names of the claims:
Little Pearl, Silver Weight and the Worden Cave Lodes, all commonly
known as the Worden Mines. Vignette apparently shows Leeds Mountain and
ore mill at the base. Also had an office at Topeka, Kansas. Mine
manager was Wm. C. Gibbons. Unissued. Price - $65.00
THE LAWRENCE MINING AND SMELTING COMPANY - This was an early Leadville,
Colorado silver mine. Beautiful vignette shows the rugged,
snow-capped mountains in this part of Colorado. The town of Leadville
is at an elevation of 10,152 feet. This stock certificate is signed by Oscar F. Fryers as secretary. Shares were valued at $20 each. Printed by Collier & Cleaveland, Lith. Denver. Price - $250
1910 THE SOUTHERN COLORADO PIONEERS ASSOCIATION
certificate of membership. Organized September 23rd,
1905 - Incorporated April 30th, 1908 - Seldom seen piece of western
history. "This Certifies That Mr. Milton Yarberry
became a resident of the Territory of Colorado on the 1st day of May
1864 and became a member of The Southern Colorado Pioneers Association
on the 11th day of March 1910". The ornate gold seal was affixed at Pueblo, Colorado on March 20th, 1910. Signed by Chas. M. Kessler as secretary and John D. Miller,
president. Amazing vignette covers almost half of the document -
showing early pioneers traveling by covered wagon. Steam locomotive
approaching in the distance. Quite large... measures about 13 x 10
& 3/4 inches. Comes with list of members including Mr. Milton Yarberry. First example I have seen! SOLD
THE MIDWEST POTATO HARVESTER COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws of
the State of Colorado - Stock certificate #14, issued to John E. Shafer for 200 shares. AULT, COLORADO printed beneath title. Signed by H. H. Bennett
as president. Mr. Bennett was in the mining business as well - I have
seen his signature a number of times on mining stocks. Ault, Colorado
is in Weld County. The town population was 1519 in the 2010 census.
Named after Alexander Ault who owned a flour mill. The town was first incorporated in 1904.
*** Along with the certificate, I will include an actual 3 page agreement between John R. Ault and C. B. Ault
dated March 5th, 1904 (same year town incorporated). The last page of
this type-written legal form contains their actual signatures. I'm
guessing they were related to the towns founder, Alexander Ault. Interesting stuff!
certificate was printed by A. S. Carter of Denver - I have not seen
this printer before. The Colorado state shield is shown on the front,
surrounded by buildings with smokestacks, and of course, lots of
mountains. The reverse contains another (different variation) Colorado
seal printed in orange I have not seen before.
Price for both documents - $195
THE ARRARIA GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1894) Under the Laws
of Colorado - Very rare and beautiful stock certificate. Mines Located on Farncomb Hill, Summit County, Colorado (printed on right side). Issued to the company secretary, O. B. Selfridge Jr. Signed at the bottom by the assistant secretary E. E. Shepherd. Office at Denver. Breckenridge Mining District. Price - $495
1890s THE BUENA VISTA GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1896) Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - MINES IN CRIPPLE CREEK MINING DISTRICT
printed on left side. Very impressive stock certificate. Although
unissued, the corporate seal is punched into the lower-left corner
(does not show up in scan). Office at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Date
reads 189_ Price - $62.00
THE CAMPBELL SYSTEM FARMING ASSOCIATION - Incorporated Under the Laws
of the State of Colorado - It's always unique to see an actual picture
of the founder on a stock certificate. Hardy Webster Campbell
was a promoter of "Dry Farming" techniques - also known as "Dryland
Agriculture". (I'm not really sure how this worked). Signed by Denver
banker, J. L. Donahue as company president and Stanley E. Wilmot of Stephens-Wilmot Investment Company of Denver as secretary. Issued to J. E. Shafer for one share worth $5. DENVER, COLORADO printed on the date line.
Price - $150
THE ROSE ARCHER GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1901) Under the
Laws of the State of Wyoming - This gold mine was at Cripple Creek, Colorado on Galena Hill. Issued to Rittenhouse & Brown for 1,000 shares valued at 10 cents each. Signed by H. J. Newman
as president. Mr. Newman was the head of the Colorado Springs Mining
Stock Association. He had a stake in many early Cripple Creek mines.
Price - $75.00
THE KING BEE GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the
Laws of the State of Colorado - Worked claims in Gilpin County, near Central City, Colorado.
This is known as the Russell Mining District. This region produced ores
of silver, gold, copper and lead. The War Dance Mine near the King Bee
produced high-grade tellurium ore in 1908. Price - $130
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1880 THE CRYSTAL CREEK MINING COMPANY OF COLORADO - Incorporated Under the Laws of Colorado - Stock certificate #66. Issued to Edward S. Hunt for 50 shares worth $10 each. Corporate seal punched into lower-left. J. A. Wilson, secretary and C. H. Hawk,
vice president. This one is a mystery but I'm sure someone out there
knows where the Crystal Creek Mine was located. The only reference I
found to Crystal Creek is a reservoir near Pikes Peak in Teller County,
Colorado. Certainly a nice name for a mine. Company office at Chicago,
Illinois. Price - $195
THE NEVADA CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated
Under the Laws of the State of Wyoming - Principal Office, Denver, Colorado. Shares were valued at 50 cents each. GILPIN COUNTY GOLD MINING DISTRICT printed in shiny-gold ink. Issued to Edward B. Parsons. Price - $120
THE GOLD KNOB MINING & TOWN SITE COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1899)
Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - Don't let the simple printing
style fool you.... this is quite a piece of western history! The
company owned a large area of ground on and at the base of Bull Hill
and at the base of Battle Mountain and Big Bull Hill, comprising
practically the entire townsite of Goldfield, Colorado.
The company also owned 600 building lots in the town, as a treasury
asset. There is way more history here than I can possibly include in
this small space.... so I encourage you to Google the company for the
complete story. The Gold Knob directors included a number of notable
mining men - below is a list:
James F. Burns - President (bold signature at lower-right) James F. Burns was also president of the famous Portland Gold Mining Company - one of the richest mines in the Cripple Creek Mining District.
F. M. Woods - Vice-President and General Manager
I. W. Bonbright - Secretary & Treasurer
E. A. Colburn
J. R. McKinnie
Frank G. Peck
Syl. T. Smith
Office at Colorado Springs, Colorado
Goldfield, Colorado is now a ghost town!
THE TYROL AND VENICE GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the Laws
of the State of Colorado - Although I could find no information about
this obscure Colorado gold mine, my experience tells me it is probably
from Cripple Creek. Early certificate #17. Unissued but it was punched
with the corporate seal and signed by the company secretary, Peter Matthews. Impressive Bald Eagle with wings spread. Price - $69.00
1921 SCHOLTZ MUTUAL DRUG COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1920) Under the Laws of the State of Delaware - Stock certificate issued at Denver, Colorado for 3 shares worth $100 each. This was an early Denver drug store located at 1775 Humboldt. I found an interior
photo of the store online - along with the usual drug store products
you could see a soda fountain counter and stools. This was also a place
to buy cigars. Signed by George C. Gregory as president. Price - $50.00
1882 THE LIMA AND CHIHUAHUA MINING COMPANY - Organized Under the Laws of the State of Colorado - SUMMIT COUNTY, CHIHUAHUA, COLORADO (printed beneath the vignette). Issued to O. B. Selfridge Jr. for 990 shares worth $10 each. Signed by Frank E. Mead as secretary. The last name of the company president is McDunkin.
Printed by the Homer Lee Bank Note Company of New York. Uncommon
design. Very scarce early Colorado certificate. Price - $550
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THE DANTE GOLD MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1895) Under the Laws
of the State of Colorado - CRIPPLE CREEK MINING DISTRICT printed in
background. Teller County. Owned the Dante Claim on the southwestern slope of Bull Hill. Produced about 250 tons of ore per month. Issued to A. J. Bennitt for 1,000 shares. Signed by A. D. Aitken as secretary and W. Arthur Perkins as vice president. Reverse signed by A. E. Carlton. Price - $66.00
1895 SACREMENTO GOLD MINING & MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1894) Under the laws of the State of Colorado - Issued to Henry S. Culver
for 1,000 shares. Title printed in shiny-gold. The original Memorandum
of Sale is affixed to the lower-left - company seal punched beneath.
This gold mine was in Teller County, Cripple Creek, Colorado. Owned the Sacremento and Midnight claims near Bull Hill. Signed by well-known Cripple Creek banker and mining investor, Sherwood Aldrich as secretary (under memorandum) Price - $85.00
1904 THE HYLAND MINING & MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the laws of the State of Colorado - This mine was in Clear Creek County, Colorado. Issued to Laura M. Freeman. Signed by Rose A. Dudley as secretary and L. W. Nichols as president.
Price - $60.00
THE SPRINGDALE GOLD MINING AND MILLING COMPANY - Incorporated Under the
Laws of the State of Colorado - 25 shares issued to company treasurer, F. D. Russell. Signed by Logan Russell as president. The company name is printed (twice) over a banner of shiny-gold ink. Genuine western Ghost Town document. Springdale, Colorado
was built on the edge of Jim Creek. It was named after the mineral
springs flowing out of the hillsides in the area. These springs
contained soda, sulphur and iron and were thought to have medicinal
qualities. A bottling plant and a hotel / health resort were
built to capitalize on this resource. The water was apparently shipped
all over the United States. The hotel was fittingly named the Seltzer
House. Although best known for its' water, Springdale did have a mining
history as well. Mines included the Ellen, Golden Age, Gladiator,
Longfellow, King William, Glasgow, Grand Central, Ohio, Rip Van Dam,
Lillie of the West, Big Blossom, Louie, Wano and Copper Blush.
Interestingly enough, water was also the downfall of Springdale, when
the Jim Creek Flood of 1894 washed most of the town away. It was never
rebuilt. This stock certificate was issued the same year as the flood.
Office at Denver. Price - $195
THE ARCADIA CONSOLIDATED MINING COMPANY - Incorporated (in 1896) in
Colorado - The property was located on Gold Hill on the east edge of
the town of Cripple Creek. Owned part of the Lone Star #1 and part of
the Abe Lincoln claims. The company was controlled by W. S. Stratton. Price - $79.00