Rich Hill Placer Company Stock Certificate #102523

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Rich Hill Placer Company Stock Certificate  #102523
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Issued for Property Located in Yavapai County, Arizona. No. 402, issued for 200 shares to John P. Gillis on April 4th, 1894. Signed by Wells H Bates and secretary Sterling E. Edmunds. Not cancelled. Green border, black print, and eagle vignette. Printed by Ketcham & Co., NY. One pinhole in seal, folds. 8 x 13" Tennessee-born mountain man Pauline Weaver worked for the Hudson Bay Co. in Canada before heading to the Rocky Mountains in 1830. Weaver explored much of New Mexico Territory and Arizona Territory, and in 1862 Indians led him to placer gold deposits near La Paz, Arizona Territory. The following year Weaver guided a party of gold seekers under Abraham Harlow Peeples into the Hassayampa River country of central Arizona Territory. The party camped at the base of a mountain south of present-day Yarnell, and while searching for lost livestock in a shallow basin atop the mountain, a Mexican member of the group unearthed gold nuggets the size of potatoes. The party members pried them from the ground with knives. Prospectors dubbed the basin the Potato Patch, the mountain Rich Hill and the mining region Weaver District No. 2. The district became Arizona's richest producer of placer gold. The Weaver and Rich Hill area is still active by amateur prospectors today. State: Arizona City: Yavapai County Date: 1894