Do You Believe in the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine?

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After more than 100 years of searching, nobody's been able to find the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, which is supposed to be located in the Superstition Mountains.

We bring this up because one of the most recent unsuccessful gold hunters, Robin Byrd, had to be plucked out by a search-and-rescue team -- for the second time in just a matter of months.

See also:
-Lost Dutchman's Gold Hunter Rescued for a Second Time; Pockets Filled With Zero Gold
-Fool's Gold: Prospectors Have Looked for the Lost Dutchman's Gold for a Century


New Times scribe of yore Martin Cizmar explored the Lost Dutchman phenomenon a couple of years ago, upon the disappearance of another gold hunter, Jesse Capen (whose remains were found more than two years after Cizmar's story ran, by the way).

It's hard to tell the short version of the Lost Dutchman tale, because there seemingly is an infinite number of versions to the story: the "Dutchman" was a German named Jacob Waltz, and he apparently kept gold in his house, which he claimed he got in a mine in or around the Superstition Mountains.

Common sense would say that the Lost Dutchman mine is as real as Bigfoot -- that is, it isn't real -- but common sense doesn't always prevail, we suppose.

So, despite the loads of people who have been unsuccessful -- especially you, Byrd -- are you a believer?

Cast your vote below:


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jmontes
jmontes

the story is completely true... Yes the mexican family was called the peraltas. They mined extensively i the area and prospered. That is the least exciting portion of the legend. The best one, that i perosnally believe to be true is that the mine is not a mine but a cache/hiding spot for spanish gold looted in the conquests. The spanish travelling with jesuit priest were ambushed in the mountains by apaches. The apaches scattered and killed the group moving all the gold they were carrying into a cave. 

In theory the mine that walts found may have been the stash of jesuit/spanish gold.


jmontes
jmontes

the story is completely true... Yes the mexican family was called the peraltas. They mined extensively i the area and prospered. That is the least exciting portion of the legend. The best one, that i perosnally believe to be true is that the mine is not a mine but a cache/hiding spot for spanish gold looted in the conquests. The spanish travelling with jesuit priest were ambushed in the mountains by apaches. The apaches scattered and killed the group moving all the gold they were carrying into a cave. 

In theory the mine that walts found may have been the stash of jesuit/spanish gold.


harlotsghost
harlotsghost

Isn't the story behind this mine is a Mexican family mined gold from the vein seasonally and before the father passed, sold the maps for the trek he and his sons' would make every year to the mine to the Dutchman?  Who knows?  Great folk lore until someone stumbles upon it and the government lays claim.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

If someone finds a vein of gold in the Superstitions, whether it's the Dutchman's Mine or not, can s/he stake a claim on it? I ask that because it would be on public land, a state park at that.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

It's likely there is gold somewhere in the hills. Maybe. Or not.

So, my question is, or has been, is it the mine that is lost or is it the Deutsch prospector who became lost while enroute to or from the damn mine?

Was the 'gold' he so fondly showed off actually iron pyrite? That would explain why he never showed anyone the mine.

At what point did the mine become lost, I wonder?

I suppose at some point one of those folks who spend timing getting lost, while looking for the mine, will find some trace of something.

Why don;t these folks spend a few hundred dollars on decent GPS systems with 'track back' features?

Why don't they go out in search of the mine in the late fall and mid-spring when temperature variations are minimal?

Too many questions, Mr. Hendley.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

They all get lost or stranded first. Lol

penkdooo
penkdooo

Sounds prtty legit to me dude.


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