Alta California Telegraph Company Stock Certificate (107027)

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Alta California Telegraph Company Stock Certificate   (107027)
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Very rare! Pre-Transcontinental Telegraph! Gold Rush era. Certificate No. 200, issued for four shares to Wm. C. Barnard on June 6th, 1856 in Sacramento. Signed by president Justin E. Strong and secretary Jno. Pattison. Not cancelled. Black border and print. Fancy shaded title and vignette of mythical god riding a horse in the sky sending lightning bolts and people on the ground next to telegraph poles. No printer listed. 5.75 x 9.75" Folds, heavy toning and piece missing from left border. Please inspect. 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. Colville's 1856 San Francisco directory lists a stonecutter named William Barnard. Ken Prag Collection

Date: 1856
State/Country: California
City/County: Sacramento