Alta California Telegraph Company Stock Certificate (107026)

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Alta California Telegraph Company Stock Certificate   (107026)
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Very rare! Pre-Transcontinental Telegraph! Certificate No. 683. Signed by Justin E. Strong (the company president) and the secretary (illegible). Not issued to anyone, though the certificate is dated Dec. 1st, 1853 in Sacramento City. No vignette. 9.5" x 5.25" Deep crease and fold along left side. Rough top edge. Delicate paper. The company completed a line from Sacramento to Nevada City with subsequent connections to mining camps. Eventually, they headed towards the Bay Area which put them into direct competition with California State Telegraph Co. When Alta laid a line down from Oakland to San Francisco (through the San Francisco Bay), they were sued by California State Telegraph and lost. Eventually, they consolidated. Ken Prag Collection

Date: 1853
State/Country: California
City/County: Sacramento