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West Gold Road Mining Company Stock Certificate with postcards

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West Gold Road Mining Company Stock Certificate with postcards
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Very early number 12 for 100 shares to S Weir Mitchell in 1905. Signed by Gordon Bradley and John Wright(?) . Vignette of Eagle with a background of plants. In 1900 a miner by the name of Jose Jerez hit “pay-dirt.” Grubstaked in the amount of $16.00 by store owner, Henry Lovin of Kingman, Jose was searching for his lost burro when he literally stumbled over a rich ledge of gold-bearing quartz. Knowing the glittering quartz contained his beloved yellow metal, he packed it up and took it to an assay office. He was ecstatic when he found it assayed at 40 ounces to the ton. Immediately, he contacted his partner, Henry, and the two wasted no time returning to the site to start digging. Within just a few months, they dug a 15-foot shaft. Their frenzied activity soon attracted the attention of a California group who bought their claim for $50,000 in 1901. Mining in this area peaked in 1905 and 1906.

The West Gold Road mine is located in Gold Road Gulch about 600 feet west of the main shaft of the Gold Road mine and on the projected course of the Gold Road vein. It has an elevation of about 2,800 feet or 100 feet below the collar of the Gold Road shaft. Work was begun on the West Gold Road property in 1905. The property is owned by the West Gold Road Mining Company with headquarters at San Francisco. The mine is developed principally by a shaft 455 workings feet deep and about 200 feet of crosscuts. On the 240 foot level the crosscut extends 45 feet to the southwest and on the 440 foot level, which corresponds to the 600 foot level of the Gold Road mine, the crosscut is driven 65 feet to the southwest and 100 feet to the northeast. [United States Geological Survey Bulletin, 1909, Issue 397]

Includes three Gold Road postcards. 1) Black & White RPC of the Tom Reed Mill in Oatman. 2) Black & White of the Gold Road Camp. 3) Old color postcard of Gold Road. Photography by HH Watkins of Kingman. (Laguna Collection) Date: 1905 Location: Oatman, Arizona HWAC# 59482