DUANE L. BLISS, (1833-1907), was a 19th century Timber & Mining baron, and an early promoter of tourism at Lake Tahoe. Born in Savoy, Mass., in 1837, he came to California during the Gold Rush in 1850, and mined in the Marysville area. In 1860, he moved to Gold Hill, Nevada, near Virginia City, where he managed the first Quartz Mill for the Comstock Lode, and opened a bank to handle the money flowing from the booming mining business there. His bank was bought out by the Bank of California in 1865, and Bliss remained head of the Nevada City branch.
In 1873, he founded the Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Co., and controlled over 50,000 acres of timber land in the Lake Tahoe area, which provided vast amounts of lumber for the mines. He eventually controlled every facet of the business, from the land to the timber, ships & barges to move the timber. flumes, and a railroad. When he saw the end of the timber business coming, he turned his attention to the development of tourism at Lake Tahoe, building a steamboat, the "Tahoe", providing transportation for tourists, and constructing the Tahoe Tavern in 1902, which was a popular resort hotel for over 60 years.
D.L. Bliss State Park, on the western shore of Lake Tahoe, is named in his honor. The park had it's origins when several hundred acres of land were donated by the heirs of D.L. Bliss in the 1920's. The check is made payable to his wife, Elizabeth Tobey of Massachusetts, who he married in 1863. She endorsed the check on the back, "Mrs. D.L. Bliss".
This DL Bliss autograph check reproduction would make a wonderful addition to your collection.