Santa Rosa Coal Mining Company Stock Certificate (104419)

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Santa Rosa Coal Mining Company Stock Certificate   (104419)
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Rare! Inc. May 1873. No. 17, issued for 45 shares to Edward Galpen, trustee, on July 21st, 1873 in San Francisco. Signed by president HH Haight and secretary R. Galpen. Not cancelled. Black border and print, salmon colored background. Two allegorical vignettes incl. one with the California state seal in it. "COAL" printed in blue in the background. Printed by Francis & Valentine, NY. Folds, light wear. 5.25 x 9.75" From the Sonoma Democrat, August 2, 1873: "The Superintendent, who has Just come from the Santa Rosa Coal Mine, reports a very remarkable circumstance. I have read of such discoveries before, but have never had one to come within my own personal knowledge. The report is as follows: “In sinking the main working shaft of the Santa Rosa Coal Mine we found embedded thirty feet down in a stratum of hard sandstone bed-rock, above the coal lead, three toads, two of them quite together, the other about two inches from them. They must have become embedded there at the time of the rock formation. As the pick opened the rock these toads jumped out, and could not possibly have come from any other place.” The toads are preserved, and at last accounts were doing well. The pieces of rock immediately surrounding the toads are also preserved, but much broken by the pick." An 1877 Sacramento Daily Union article notes the company has a coal vein that is 3.5 feet whose quality is "the best yet found in California." Ken Prag Collection

Date: 1873
State/Country: California
City/County: Santa Rosa