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    1876 "Lightning Express" Railroad Broadside for the San Francisco, California, Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Advertising New Service to the Booming Mining Town of Virginia City, Nevada. A spectacular broadside advertising the first through train service connecting the gold and silver fields of Virginia City, Nevada with San Francisco, California. "Passengers Go Through Direct Each Way Between Virginia City and San Francisco Via Vallejo". The Transcontinental Railroad, built by Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, Charles Crocker ,and Collis P. Huntington, (CPRR) opened for traffic on May 10, 1869. This broadside represents one of the earliest known Central Pacific and Virginia and Truckee advertisements. A search of OCLC shows none of these in institutional holdings. A History of the Comstock notes the following: "The Lightning Express was running daily and the Comstock miners were digging deeper and deeper into the earth beneath Virginia City and Gold Hill." The broadside was printed by H. S. Crocker & Co., 42 and 44 J Street, Sacramento, California. Crocker later moved his business to San Francisco. The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was built to serve the Comstock Lode mining communities and northwestern Nevada. The first section constructed from Virginia City to Carson City was started in 1869 to haul ore and mining supplies to the Comstock Lode. The Central Pacific Railroad was the western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad in the United States. The chief entrepreneurs in the building of the Central Pacific were known popularly as the "Big Four". They included Leland Stanford, the founder of Stanford University, Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker.

    Condition is very good overall, with some moderate water staining, and light border soiling in the lower right area as shown. 15" x 21.5". Professionally backed to preserve, as these are printed on thin paper and are fragile. Heritage sold an example of this broadside in our November 2011 Auction 6066, where it sold for $13,095.


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    June, 2012
    10th Sunday
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