Beautiful certificate from the Thunder Mountain and Big Creek Consolidated Mining and Transportation Company issued in 1905. This historic document was printed by GOES and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a valley with a mine underneath the ground. This item has been hand signed by the Company’s President, and Secretary, James B. Pratt, and is over 106 years old.
Placer gold was first discovered in this remote area of Idaho in 1894 by early area prospectors. By the early 1900s, the Thunder Mountain Gold Rush was underway, and the small town of Roosevelt was built near the gold mines and prospects. At the height of the boom, it is reported that 7,000 people received mail at the Roosevelt post office. By 1907, the easy placer gold had begun to play out, and the miners began to move on. In 1908, a large mudslide dammed the creek below Roosevelt, thus forming a lake that flooded the townsite. This event essentially spelled the end of the gold boom associated with the District.
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