Montezuma, California Banking & Express Group, Gold Rush Era [155385]

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Montezuma, California Banking & Express Group, Gold Rush Era [155385]
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Lot of 2. Montezuma was located in Tuolumne County, 2.5 miles north of Chinese Camp. Originally a trading post called "Montezuma Tent," operated by Solomon Miller and Peter K. Aurand, that grew into a town supporting as many as 800 residents in 1852. In its heyday, Montezuma was stop for two stage coach lines and consisted of four saloons, two hotels, an express office, post office and a church. In 1866, a fire that started at Clark's Hotel burned nearly the entire town. Today, little remains except for the cemetery. 1) Adams & Co. Express & Banking Office. Handwritten Montezuma over preprinted San Francisco. No. 24th, 1854. No. 5213, issued to Joseph Nouese for $300. Signed Adams & Co. Endorsed by Clinton Palmer, agent. Black print on blue paper. Three vignettes: placer mining scene (top center), allegorical women (left side), and California state seal (bottom center). Printed by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. NY. 4 x 8.25" Many folds. 2) Unused gold dust deposit receipt, Banking House Montezuma. Dated 1854. Black print on light blue paper. 3.75 x 10.5" with stub.

Date: 1854
Country (if not USA):
State: California
City: Montezuma