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    Arizona Territory Court House Building Bond Signed by Tombstone O.K. Corral Personalities, 1882. Striking large bond issued by the County of Cochise, Arizona Territory, in the amount of $500 to construct a court house and jail in the county seat of Tombstone. Large format coupon bond signed by M. E. Joyce, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, and by Richard Rule, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Bond #89 dated July 1, 1882 and issued to Charles Solomon. Bond measures 20" x 19", including two rows of nine original coupons still attached. Central vignette shows the new county courthouse building, which became a landmark in the town of Tombstone upon its completion in 1882. Printed in black with ornate and unusual decorative border printed in bronze and gold inks with gold corporate seal at lower left and seal with mining scene at lower right.

    Milton E. Joyce was one of the proprietors of Tombstone's famed Oriental Saloon, as well as a member of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors. Joyce was often linked with Sheriff John Behan in his efforts to rid the county of his political rival Wyatt Earp.

    Richard Rule, clerk of the Board of Supervisors, was a newspaper reporter and city editor for the Tombstone Nugget. Rule is now generally credited with writing the most professional and accurate accounts of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

    This bond was issued to Charles Solomon, who signed on the back when it was paid and redeemed by the County of Cochise in 1887. Charles Solomon was a pioneer banker in the Arizona Territory and was cashier of the Cochise County Bank.

    Condition:
    Fine, with small tears in the corner folds


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