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Winfield Scott Stratton

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July 22, 1848 - September 14, 1902

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The Cripple Creek Gold Mining District's wealthiest and most intriguing gold baron.



Issued September 19, 1900, uncancelled.  Signed by Theo. R.W. Baker and F. S. G. Drury, as directors.  Signed by Hy Richards, as secretary.  One of the Cripple Creek District's most important gold mines.  Oversized certificate.  There were no stock issues on the Independence Mine of Cripple Creek, Colorado when W. S. Stratton owned this excellent gold producer.  The only issues available are those associated with the British mining company known as Stratton's Independence, Limited.  This is the first issue for this famous Cripple Creek gold mine.

Stratton's Independence, Limited Trustee's Certificate, #282, dated October 11, 1899, uncancelled.  The above is the only known example of American stock certificate issue for the British company that was formed to purchase W.S. Stratton's highly productive Independence Mine, near the City of Victor in the Cripple Creek Gold Mining District, Colorado.  Up until now, there has only been speculation as to whether or not there was actually an American issue for the British company that had acquired W.S. Stratton's Independence Mine.  This gold mining property was famous throughout America in the late 1890s; in fact, so famous Thomas A. Edison personally asked Stratton for an ore sample from the Independence.  This certificate ranks as one of the scarcest and most desirable for any Cripple Creek, Colorado collection.

Condition: very good; the top edge of this certificate is chipped and has been stabilized with curatorial materials.

If interested in this certificate for your collection, please inquiry by clicking the following words: Stratton's Independence, Ltd.




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The parent company that purchased Stratton's famous Independence Mine; and then proceeded to exhaust the reserves Stratton had thoughtfully blocked out for future extraction.

Issued February 18, 1909, uncancelled.  Parent company of Stratton's Independence, Limited.  The London Venture Corporation, Limited, as owned other Colorado mining companies, such The Camp Bird, Limited and the Tomboy Gold Mines, Limited.  British corporation.  Oversized certificate.



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Issued February 20, 1895; cancelled.  Issued for 250,000 shares to W.S. Stratton, as treasurer of the Portland Gold Mining Company.  Signed by James F. Burns, as president; and, Frank G. Peck, as secretary.  Incorporated in Iowa; corporate seal affixed in Colorado Springs.  The Portland Company's property was located adjacent to the Independence on Battle Mountain.  Stratton was well aware of Colorado's apex laws and decided it best to become part owner of the Portland as opposed to going into litigation with it.


Check issued and signed by W.S. Stratton, on an account in the Exchange National Bank, December 29, 1901.

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Issued to James Doyle and signed by Doyle on the back.  Doyle was a co-discoverer of the Portland Mine, along with James F. Burns and John Harnan.

The Stratton Cripple Creek Mining and Development Company

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Cripple Creek, Colorado; March 19, 1904.  First National Bank of Cripple Creek, Colorado


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The Exchange National Bank, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  December 18, 1900


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Cabinet card of Battle Mountain.  Home of W. S. Stratton.  Photo by Morgan.



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Issued May 13, 1893; uncancelled.  Incorporated in Colorado; corporate seal affixed in Fremont (Cripple Creek), Colorado.  Cripple Creek mining company that owned the Lady Stith and Globe lodes, claims that became the central focus of W. S. Stratton's Gold Crater project.


THE Stratton Cripple Creek Mining and Development Company

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W.S. Stratton, President and General Manager.  Letterhead, Cripple Creek, Colorado.  Out West Printing and Stationery Co., Colorado Springs



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By David P. Strickler.  Privately Printed by J. J. Lipsey, Western Books.  Colorado Springs, Colorado,  1964.  1 of 400 copies, signed by J.J. Lipsey.  Original cream printed wrappers; 23 pages.



THE GOLD CRATER MINING COMPANY, issued November 16, 1899, uncancelled, in fine condition.  This certificate represents Stratton's overall vision of his pursuit of the of "the golden core" of the Cripple Creek Mining District.  This endeavor, based on geological evidence, was intended to follow the seven major geyser-like vents that emanated from deep within the earth's crust.  Stratton believed if he pursued these vents underground to a point where all seven would unite, then he would uncover a "chimney" of gold.



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The Story of Stratton and Cripple Creek.  By Frank Waters.  New York: Covici Friede, Publishers, 1937.  Original gold-printed blue cloth binding; 344 pages; illustrations, and original dust jacket.


"Conveyance of the Great Independence Mine"

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By Brian Levine.  The Denver Westerners.  Roundup, November - December 1987.  Volume XLII, Number 6


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We are always interested in purchasing large or small collections, from countless to single items.  We purchase Western Americana -- books, documents, maps, photographs, ledgers, journals, annual reports, manuscript material, memorabilia, etc.  We also purchase first edition literature, especially books or manuscripts that are signed/inscribed and dust-jacketed, such F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Ben Hecht, Eugene O'Neill, James Joyce, etc.  And, we are interested in science books, such as those by Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Paul Dirac, Linus Pauling, Steven Weinberg, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schroedinger, Niels Bohr, Ernest Rutherford. Max Planck, Ernrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, etc.

"... But never again as during that all too short period when he and I were one person, when the fulfilled future and the wistful past were mingled in a single gorgeous moment -- when life was literally a dream...."  F. Scott Fitzgerald, from 'Early Success,' The Crack Up, October 1937

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Dirac equation

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