Eureka Quartz Mining Company, Eldorado County, California.
An historic 1850s stock certificate for the Eureka Quartz Mining Company of Eldorado County, California
1850s California stock certificate printed for the Eureka Quartz Mining Company of Eldorado County, California. Gold deposits commonly occur in quartz veins. In the immediate years following the California Gold Rush of 1848–1849, quartz mining may have been a good mineral investment!
A vignette illustration on the certificate depicts a mining scene with miners swinging their pickaxes, a mill race, and an overshot mill wheel powering the mill’s operations. Certificate not issued or cancelled, but it has been numbered in manuscript and is signed by Eureka Quartz Mining Company president Jas. A. Shorb and secretary E. H. Cornwall.
In the 1870s, the Eureka Mining Company, with other local mining companies and residents who wanted to form Amador City, California became embroiled in a suit as to land ownership. The case eventually reached the Federal government with the General Land of Office of the Department of the Interior weighing in on the issue.
Description: Eureka Quartz Mining Company, Eldorado County, California.
New York: E. Leefe, 225 Fulton St., c. 1850s. Stock certificate. 6 x 11 inches. Vignette illustration; some printing on verso. Certificate engraved by H. Korff. Certificate hand numbered “166” and signed by President and Secretary. Previous folds; near fine.
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