THE FREE COINAGE GOLD MINING COMPANY, Cripple Creek, Colorado, Sam Strong signed bank check, 1900, revenue imprint RN-X7
Issued July 14, 1900, Punch-cancelled. Signed by SAM STRONG, CRIPPLE CREEK MINING MAGNATE (Millionaire), as Treasurer of the Free Coinage Co.
Condition: near fine; slight toning to edges; Sam Strong signature clear, large, precise pen; punch-cancel stabilized with neutral pH, acid-free museum conservation tape on back of check.
Check dimensions: 8-3/8 inches by 3-3/8 inches
Check significance: Sam Strong signature.
Sam Strong was a friend and, occasionally, a business associate of Winfield Scott
Stratton — Cripple Creek’s most benevolent, as well as eccentric gold baron. Strong was
also associated with Sam Altman, one of the discoverers of the Free Coinage Mine and
the Town of Altman, Colorado, once the highest incorporated town in Colorado. Strong
was involved with several mining companies, but it was his holdings in the Strong Gold
Mining Company on Battle Mountain that made him wealthy. Problem was, Sam
Strong liked to gamble and that’s what got him into lethal trouble. He often owed
gambling establishments on Bennett and Myers avenues, in the City of Cripple Creek,
various large sums of money. And it was his argument with barkeepper, J. Grant
Crumley, over a gambling debt that saw Crumley pull a shotgun and blast away a
portion of Strong’s head (August 22, 1901). Crumley was acquitted of murder due to
the fact that Sam Strong had pulled a gun on Crumley first. [Ref: CRIPPLE CREEK
GOLD, by Brian Levine, Page 88]
Check also signed by John B. Neville, Strong’s father-in-law.