A man claims that the infamous Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine has been found.
The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine (also known by similar names) is, according to legend, a rich gold mine hidden in the southwestern United States. The location is generally believed to be in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, Arizona. There have been many stories about how to find the mine, and each year people search for the mine. Some have died on the search.
The Lost Dutchman’s is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history. 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 Captain Kidd’s lost treasure, and the story of the Lost Pegleg mine in California. People have been seeking the Lost Dutchman’s mine since at least 1892, while according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman’s mine. Former Arizona Attorney General Bob Corbin is among those who have looked for the mine. Some argue that there is little or no evidence for the mine’s existence, but others say that the main components of the story have at least some basis in fact.
Deep in the desert of Arizona, you might come across the Superstition Mountains. While few eyes peer on the raised rocky terrain each year, the lucky few who do feel a reverence akin to stepping into a church. But long before Europeans invaded the North American continent, the Apache Indians ruled this part of the Arizona desert and it was special to them. And as soon as they felt their lands were threatened, they buried a remarkable secret deep within this dangerous mountain range. And only recently were a few brave men able to uncover the secret hidden in the deep, rocky terrain.
These mountains, which are accessible within the Phoenix metropolitan area, are called “Superstitions” by the locals. Since this range covers more than 160,000 acres of barren, practically inhospitable desert, few but the brave venture out to the 3,000 foot high monolith, Superstition Mountain, at the center. When looked at from a distance, this resolute structure rules over the rest.
And as legend has it, a secret buried deep within the mountains has a value that could transform the life of a lucky adventurer.
The legend of Superstition Mountain claims that only a true explorer can find it. But if they do, they can tap into the richest gold deposit in America. This is called the Lost Dutchmen’s Gold Mine. And as the storytellers say, the gold from this hidden mine was responsible for the remarkable golden cities built by the Native American tribes in the Southwest.
For the last three centuries, explorers from all different countries have taken to the desert and Superstition Mountains to find this lost gold mine. And all of these adventures were lost forever and never returned…
The Apache Indian tribes understood the danger and power of the landscape. And they respected Superstition Mountain as sacred ground because it was home to their Thunder God. But when the Spanish arrived and were searching for gold, they did not care about the Apaches. Led by the ruthless Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the conquistadors destroyed Apache lives to get to their hidden gold reserves.
Coronado never found the hidden gold. But the legend never died. A century and a half later, Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino, who was supposed to be spreading the word of God, got lured by the devil’s temptation and went in search of the gold.
It is unclear if he found any success and his trespassing enraged the Apache – who made it their mission to dispose of further trespassers.
It wasn’t until the end of the nineteenth century when Army doctor Abraham Thorne, from Fort MacDowell, AZ befriended the Apaches. They trusted him and took him to a spot where he found a chunk of gold. Then the doctor got greedy…
He was eventually slain by the wronged Apaches.
Later a treasure map was found to the gold. That read in part: “the setting sun shines into the entrance to my mine and glitters on the gold, so it must have faced to the west.”
See the most recent info on the Lost Dutchman’s mine in the video below: