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Stanislaus Central Bridge Company Stock Certificate (Gold Rush) (107760)

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Stanislaus Central Bridge Company Stock Certificate (Gold Rush)  (107760)
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Rare Gold Rush! 50 year charter beginning in October 1852. No. 108, issued to Benjamin Moulton for one share on March 4th, 1853 in Sonora. Signed by president Byrne and secretary Lewis C. Gunn. Not cancelled. Black print on thin paper. Three vignettes at top: paddle steamer on river, horse-drawn carriage crossing bridge, and locomotive at station. Vignettes by Hyatt. Printed by Dispatch Office, San Francisco. 6.5 x 9" Folds, creases, toning. The company's plan was to build an iron suspension bridge above the Stanislaus River. The company directors had not yet approved the completion of the bridge and insisted that additional cables were needed, when, on November 19, 1853, the bridge collapsed as a wagon and team of horses were crossing it. Augustin Hale and his partners paid the company's debts with their own money. PO Byrne had operated a ferry across the Stanislaus as early as 1849. This crossing was known as Waterville and later Poker Flat (written about by Bret Harte).

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Country (if not USA):
State: California
City/County: Sonora
Date: 1853