First North Extension Esmeralda MC Stock, Aurora, Nevada, 1861 [130782]

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First North Extension Esmeralda MC Stock, Aurora, Nevada, 1861  [130782]
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Esmeralda MD. An early 1861 issued Aurora stock. Inc. March 2nd, 1861. No. 88, issued for 5 shares to Isaac Kirkpatrick on July 15th, 1861 in San Francisco. Signed by Alex. Gamble, president, and Solon Pattee. Not cancelled. Beautiful design by Britton & Co. Grey background, fancy logo, vignette of child with dog. Fold, extremely fine. 5.25 x 9" Pattee was the secretary for a number of Aurora mines, including the Wide West. Gamble is listed in the SF directory as being in the mining business. Gamble was a very successful merchant in Big Oak Flat, California during the Gold Rush. He took that money and became a mining speculator and investor. His brother Peter and he were founders of the immensely successful Wide West Mine on Last Chance Hill. They sold their stock at a great profit and bought Real Del Monte stock cheap. Within a few months it had risen to $500 a share and Gamble was a millionaire. Not too long after that Governor R. K. Colcord of Nevada in his memoirs of territorial Aurora noted that he had fallen into poverty, "...his shirt was unlaundered and he was living in a twobit restaurant." More information on Gamble, Pattee, Last Chance Hill and the mine is included. State:Nevada City:Aurora, Esmeralda Co. Date:1861 Provenance: Joe Elcano Mining Stock Collection