No one knows the truth about the Dutchman's mine. The person I talked with informed me that I needed to get permission from a board director. I did wonder about a tall peak to the south and a small canyon running into a large canyon. Superstition Mountain Superstition Mountain is actually a collection of rough terrain that has gained the name of a single mountain. Later on, the rock he described was coined the Weavers Needle.
Has he found the treasure yet? Along the road you meet Indians, snakes, etc. One version of the legend claims that Walz was fired from the mine for stealing gold and soon, the two Dutchman struck out on their own and vanished into the land around Superstition Mountain. Many believe there is a connection and that they sold their families mine to Waltz and his partner. Around 2002, I reconnected with a number of people and found a couple of guys who I felt comfortable with and trusted to go back into the mountains with. In a story that echoes some of the earlier tales, Ruth's son Erwin C. Latin for I came, I saw, I conquered And below that, in pencil: 200 feet across from cave.
The Apaches struck without mercy, and in what turned out to be one of the bloodiest massacres in Arizona history, Pedro Peralta and his party of four hundred Spanish miners were ambushed and wiped out at a place now known as Massacre Ground on the northwest slope of the mountain. Before the Lost Dutchman Mine was discovered by Jacob Waltz the Dutchman in the early 1870s, there was a legend of another rich mine which was discovered in the same area and mined by the Peralta family from Sonora, Mexico. In part two of this article, we will present the information we have obtained about the location of the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine. Since this information has surfaced, we thought it would be timely to republish existing research and documents relating to the famous legend. As you can see, there is a lot of speculation to the legend. About half way up on the canyon wall was a small ledge.
Were Apache assassins killing them? He was a Utah prospector who had been shot in the back. But, Waltz knew he could no longer handle all the mounting pressure on his own … 16. This next part of the legend is difficult to understand. As we passed through the mountains west of Globe, the rain became sporadic. As you will be going through expeditions, sometimes for a week, you will need a good load of supplies from the Mercantile.
Said to be the most famous lost mine of all time, it continues to draw prospectors to the Superstition Mountains of Arizona in search of its rich gold. When the Spaniards tried to explore the mountain on their own, they discovered that men began to vanish mysteriously. The following February, his headless skeleton was found in a canyon, a good distance from his camp. In February 1951, Dr. The record high temperature is 128 degrees.
It is certainly a haunted spot. The Superstition Mountains in Arizona have attracted adventurers and treasure hunters for centuries. He left no clues regarding the location of the mine, but sacks of rich gold were found under his bed. There are still a lot of crazy gold seekers crawling through those rugged mountains. The mine involved is usually of a high-value commodity such as , or. Arizona place-name expert Byrd Granger wrote, as of 1977, the Lost Dutchman's story had been printed or cited at least six times more often than two other fairly well-known tales, the story of 's lost treasure, and the story of the in.
They immediately began exploring the mountains. In June 1947, a prospector name James A. Some claimed this gold was the stolen loot from the Vulture Mine, while others said that it was of much higher quality and had to have come from somewhere else. The moody weather evoked a sense of mystery and danger, and I recalled the Apache curse associated with the Superstition Mountains. The nude body of one of the soldiers was found beside a trail leading to the mountain. We were sweaty after our ten mile hike, but the showers were clean, warm and free. There was a lot of disturbance and no one knew who caused it.
No one ever found the Dutchman's gold mine. They would pack up all of the available burros and wagons with the already mined ore and return home. Days, months, years of dirty, lonely existence rooting in the dirt, picking at the rock, disappointment after disappointment, punctuated by the need to slouch back into town, facing ridicule, to beg for the next grubstake. The Peralta Stones It all started one winter day in 1994 when my wife and I stopped in a rock shop in Holbrook, Arizona, where we purchased a copy of Fool's Gold by Robert Sikorsky. Some lost mine legends have a historical basis; some have none.
This isn't going to be an easy task. The mountains were named by the Pima Indians living along the Gila River. Photo source: By References Boyle, L. For more than 120 years, the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine has been told over and over, growing in proportions to such an extent that some claim the entire legend is nothing but a myth. You can make more money panning for gold in the rivers, being a bounty hunter etc. The person said that the information was unavailable.