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    Arizona Territory: Rare Mining Stock Certificate. A stock certificate, 10.25" x 6.75", dated August 10, 1882, from the Total Wreck Mining and Milling Company, certifying that John R. Vail is entitled to two hundred shares of capital stock. The certificate is signed by the secretary and president of the company. The certificate has the seal of the company. John R. Vail's signature is on the back of the certificate. John R. Vail was one of the sons of New Jersey-born Nathan R. Vail (1825-1888), a noted rancher, cattleman, and businessman, was one of the owners of the Total Wreck mine. He was the uncle of Walter L. Vail (1852-1906), who became a major figure in the Arizona cattle industry and owner of the famous Empire Ranch, was a co-owner of the Total Wreck mine along with his uncle. Now a ghost town, Total Wreck was a mining town established in Pima County in 1879 by John Dillon, the discoverer of the mine. According to legend, Dillon named the mine Total Wreck because he thought the mineral formation on the claim looked like a "total wreck." The claim was located on the was located on the Walter Vail's Empire Ranch and the silver mine made the wealthy Vail family more wealthy, generating more than $500,000 in profits. By 1884 the mine was in decline and by 1890 Total Wreck was well on its way to becoming a ghost town. The stock certificate comes with a photocopy of the history and a map of the Total Wreck mine. This rare certificate is in mint condition.


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