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    [Nevada Silver Mining] 1876 Lightning Express Railroad Broadside, Virginia City, Nevada - San Francisco, California Virginia & Truckee Railroad - Central Pacific Railroad. 15" x 21"; framed under glass to an overall size of 18.75" x 25.5". 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. This broadside comes from the collection of famed railroad collector, Ward Kimball and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from his estate. Ward Kimball was a brilliant animator who created many classic cartoon characters during his long career with Walt Disney. His creations include Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland; Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio; and the "Three Caballeros" musical number from the Disney film of the same name. Kimball's passion for animation was only matched by his love of all things railroad. His extensive collection included a full-sized steam locomotive which he ran on his private three acre San Gabriel home.



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