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Rare books, stock certificates, and historical artifacts related to
Gunnison County, Colorado.
GUNNISON COUNTY, COLORADO
SILVER QUEEN MINING COMPANY,
mining stock certificate issued 1929, uncancelled. Mining property in Gunnison County, Colorado (re: Mines
Handbook, 1931). Near fine condition.
GUNNISON, COLORADO'S BONANZA COUNTY,
COLORADO'S BONANZA COUNTY, by John K. Hallowell, published in
1883. Original black-printed pink wrappers, 168 pages. Early
and excellent publication on the mining industry of Gunnison
County. Hallowell was mining engineer and geologist commissioned
to tour the young mining camps of Gunnison County, including the coal
mines surrounding Crested Butte, Schofield and Crystal, Gothic,
Pittsburg and Poverty Gulch, Ruby and Irwin, and many others long
since vanished. Denver: Colorado Museum of Applied Geology and
Mineralogy. Geological Monograph No. 2, Author's Edition.
Very good condition: pages somewhat toned and light chipping to
Ruby Mining District,
Gunnison County, Colorado
KING SILVER MINING COMPANY, 1881
stock certificate was issued in 1881, and is uncancelled (not returned
to the company or resold on a mining stock exchange). Stated on certificates, "Mines in Gunnison Co.,
Colorado." Condition: near fine; usual two folds. This
certificate represents the Company that owned the Bullion King Mine, which was
located in the Ruby Mining District, situated around Coal Creek (re: COLORADO by
Frank Fossett, 1880, pages 573 - 574). The Bullion King contained a large
seam of ruby silver ore of exceptional value.
THE PITTSBURGH CONCENTRATING AND MINING COMPANY,
PITTSBURGH CONCENTRATING AND MINING COMPANY OF GUNNISON COUNTY, COLORADO. Stock certificate issued 1890, uncancelled.
Robert Law as president and E. Maynard as secretary. Pittsburgh, Gunnison County, Colorado.
Near fine condition.
Gold Brick District,
Gunnison County, Colorado
Reynolds signed stock certificate. Gold Links Mine
COLORADO SMELTING AND MINING COMPANY
Stock Certificate issued
1901, uncancelled, near fine condition. Signed by A.E. Reynolds as
president. This stock certificate represents the Company that owned the
Gold Links Mine. The Gold Links was one of the biggest producers in the
Gold Brick District, and helped to make A.E. Reynolds a millionaire. This
certificate was engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Company, New
R.D. and Worcester, P.G. GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE GOLD BRICK
DISTRICT, COLORADO. Colorado Geological Survey Bulletin 10.
Eames Bros., State Printers, Denver, Colorado, 1916. Original gray printed
wrappers; 116 pages; complete with 9 figures and 4 plates. The Gold
Brick District was located near Ohio City, Gunnison County, Colorado.
for Reynolds signed stock certificate and Gold Brick District
THE BUNKER HILL GOLD AND
SILVER MINING COMPANY, 1892
Gunnison County, Colorado. This stock certificate was issued in
1892 and uncancelled, meaning it was never returned to the company and
surfaced in the papers of a private estate. It is a small-sized certificate;
however, it has the location of the mining property, "Irwin,
Colo." printed on the front of the certificate, and it also
exhibits a unique vignette of Bunker Hill,
the Irwin town site, and the mines surrounding the town. This original
stock certificate is in near fine condition.
original Bunker Hill Gold Mining Company stock certificate is
accompanied by a very scarce Leadville, Colorado check signed by RICHARD IRWIN,
the Canadian after whom the Town of Irwin, in Gunnison County, Colorado,
was named. Richard Irwin was an express rider who decided it might be more interesting, as well as
profitable, to prospect throughout the Rocky Mountains. He arrived
in Colorado in the early 1860s and thoroughly traveled the western half of the
state. One of the first mining areas Irwin prospected was the
Hardscrabble District in Custer County, Colorado. At the time, the
Bassick Mine and others around the towns of Rosita, Querida, and Silver
Cliff were producing admirable quantities of silver and gold. A
few years later, Richard Irwin joined the rush to the Leadville silver
mining district, and then decided to try his fortune in the Gunnison
Country after rich mineral discoveries were made there. Irwin was
in Ruby Gulch in 1879 when the territory was still owned by the Ute
Indians and several prospectors had been killed in what became known as
Deadman's Gulch, near Cement Creek. Irwin found himself invested
in the Ruby Chief and Forest Queen mines.
original Leadville, Colorado check was issued on The Miners' Exchange Bank of Leadville, Colorado,
July 25, 1878, and signed by Richard Irwin on the back.
THE COLORADO COAL AND IRON
DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, 1897
Stock certificate issued 1897, uncancelled. Company was predecessor to the Colorado Fuel & Iron
Company. American Bank Note Company printing. Coal properties in and around Crested Butte, Colorado.
Near fine condition.
, Gateway to the
Walter R. Featuring the Dow
Colorado: Century One Press, 1980. Original
brown cloth covers with black print on spine; 160 pages; very fine in fine dust
jacket. Signed by author.
THE UNCOMPAHGRE VALLEY AND THE GUNNISON TUNNEL,
Barton W. Marsh.
A Description of Scenery, Natural Resources, Products, Industries, Exploration,
Adventure, etc. Published by Marsh and Torrence, Montrose, Colo.,
1905. Original pictorial cloth covers; 151 pages; numerous half-tone
illustrations and advertisements. Condition: lightly soiled covers; pages
in near fine condition; overall, very good.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS ON THE RIO GRANDE: "Scenic Line of the World,"
consisting of colored views from recent photographs. Made exclusively for
The Interstate Company, Chicago, Illinois; "for sale only en route on The
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad." The Smith-Brooks Company,
Denver, Colorado, 1946. Condition: near fine; 44 pages; two-page map in
back of publication.