St. Cloud, Grantsburg and Ashland Railroad Co. - 1879-94 dated Minnesota Railway Stock Certificate - Part of the Northern Pacific Rail SystemInv# NP1030 Stock
Stock printed by True Republican Office, Hudson. Also available unissued at a lesser price. Please inquire if interested. 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 40 million acres (62,000 sq mi; 160,000 km2) of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe for construction.
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.