GETTYSBURG TRANSIT COMPANY $50.00 STOCK CERTIFICATE, 1898

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Stock certificate features an image of soldiers on horseback and is surrounded in a decorative green border. Wording reads, ”No. 4 / 120 Shares / This certifies that William M. Burk is entitled to One hundred and Twenty shares fully paid and non-assessable in the Capital Stock of GETTYSBURG TRANSIT CO. transferable only on the Books of the Company in person or by Attorney and on the surrender of this Certificate.” It is dated February 10, 1898, and signed by the Secretary and President of the Gettysburg Transit Company. Embossed seal is present on lower left corner. Certificate measures 9 ½” x 12”. Some light crease marks are present. Very clean and edges are free of chips.

The Gettysburg Electric Railway was a borough trolley that provided summer access to Gettysburg Battlefield visitor attractions such as military engagement areas, monuments, postbellum camps, and recreation areas (e.g., Wheat-field Park and the Pfeffer baseball diamond). Operations continued until 1916. The trolley generating plant was leased by the Electric Light, Heat, and Power Company of Gettysburg to supply street lights and homes until electricity was imported from Hanover. The 94-passenger, 14-bench "Brill double-truck summer cars" used the main line of 5.7 mi (9.2 km) on 10-minute intervals and were powered by a 150 ft. × 100 ft. electric plant with 150 hp. (110 kW) Corliss steam engines driving 500 volt Westinghouse railway generators.

This is a nice, vintage Gettysburg souvenir.  [sm]

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