North Yakima & Valley Railway Co. - 1900's circa Unissued Washington Railroad Stock Certificate - Part of the Northern Pacific Railroad SystemInv# NP1054 Stock
Unissued Stock printed by Tucker Hanford Company, Seattle, Washington. Branch Line of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Flint is an unincorporated community in Yakima County, Washington, United States, located approximately three miles east of Wapato. The town was named in honor of Isaac Alvinza Flint (founding elder of a church in Yakima city) by the North Yakima and Valley Railway Company. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint,_Washington
The Northern Pacific Railway (reporting mark NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States, from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest. It was approved by Congress in 1864 and given nearly forty million acres (62,000 sq mi; 160,000 km2) of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe for construction. Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific when former President Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in western Montana on September 8, 1883. The railroad had about 6,800 miles (10,900 km) of track and served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, the NP had an international branch to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main activities were shipping wheat and other farm products, cattle, timber, and minerals; bringing in consumer goods, transporting passengers; and selling land. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Pacific_Railway
A stock certificate is issued by businesses, usually companies. A stock is part of the permanent finance of a business. Normally, they are never repaid, and the investor can recover his/her money only by selling to another investor. Most stocks, or also called shares, earn dividends, at the business's discretion, depending on how well it has traded. A stockholder or shareholder is a part-owner of the business that issued the stock certificates.