The Legend of the Lost Gold Mine

The Legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine…

I thought I’d have a little look around for something a little bit more unusual for this week’s *Somewhere for the weekend* and in the end I managed to find a story about an amazing legend that has baffled locals and has even, tragically, claimed lives. What you are about to read is ‘The Legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine’…

Superstition Days_044 CC2013 marksontok

Superstition Days_044 CC2013 marksontok

The 160,000 acre Superstition Mountain range, located in Arizona near Apache Junction, is surrounded by mystery, intrigue and folklore and one story in particular has captured the fascination of all those who visit, it is known as ‘The Legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine‘.

The name Jacob Waltz in these parts sends a thrilling shiver down the spine of anyone who utters it as they look off fondly into the distance at the Superstition Mountain range, but why? Well, Jacob Waltz, a miner by trade, claimed to know the whereabouts of a gold mine and legend has it that a German prospector (believed to be Jacob Waltz) made trips between the Superstition Mountains and Phoenix laden with large quantities of bonanza gold ore during the late 1880’s. Even on his deathbed Jacob alleged that there was a gold mine in ‘them there hills’ and his claims were so believable that after his death in 1891 his friends went to look for the gold which sparked a worldwide treasure hunt. To this day the mine hasn’t been found and the mystery remains unsolved. The ultimate Geocache stash as it were!  

One of the main aspects to this legend that I like is that it’s all quite possible, so much so that thousands flock to the range each year to try and find the hidden gold, unfortunately some people have even lost their lives to the quest. It’s all a bit like the film The Goonies in my mind, although *spoiler alert* they do find the treasure at the end of that!

If you’re in the area at the right time you might even get to catch a Wild West reenactment too, check out this video of one in action!

 

You can read more about the conspiracy theories over at the Superstition Mountain Museum’s websiteObviously if you’re ever visiting I highly recommend visiting the museum to get a real idea of the legend which might spur you on to your own treasure hunt. If however the thought of looking for days in the Superstition Wilderness Area for something which might not even be there doesn’t appeal to you then why not go and look for some real treasure in the form of some Geocaches? Sound good? Well let’s go and have a look at what the area has to offer on the Geocaching front then!

Superstition Days_144 CC2013 marksontok

Superstition Days_144 CC2013 marksontok

The best Geocaches near the Superstition Mountains…

The O-Well 2112 TB & Coin Motel. – GC47BQ8 by Dr. D of absolute

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 127

Placed on private property discretion is the key to finding this cache and also the code to unlock it…a big hint might well be in the name of the cache 😉

goldfield ghost – GC3YRGT by Snoopyhouse

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 14

Located in the old Goldfield ghost town, what could be more fun than looking for a well hidden Geocache around these parts?!

Superstition View – GCYXGC by Roark&Dallas

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 10

The clue is in the name here, and who can resist this glorious view?

Superstition Mountains HDR CC2006 Cody

Superstition Mountains HDR CC2006 Cody

Jack’s Treasure – GCTY4P by jack’spack

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 9

Located at the foot of the Superstition Mountains…maybe you’ll go on from this one to find the real treasure? 🙂

This One’s For You, Dad – GCHB29 by Team Jee*P*S

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 1.5

Cache Type: Virtual

Number of favourite points: 9

If you fancy a bit of a hike then this is the cache for you whilst you’re in the area, there is a parking charge but the views are really worth it. You’ll also be hiking along the Prospector’s View Trail and who know’s where that might lead?

Kissing Place – GC10WAQ by nomads65

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 9

Another hiking one, always remember to heed the warnings on the cache page about taking enough water and covering yourself up against the sun and the stingers!

The Origins of the Superstition Mountains – GC4YB22 by DocDTA

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 2.5

Cache Type: Earthcache

Number of favourite points: 5

An Earthcache 🙂 Before the ‘Legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine’ the Apache Indian’s believed that a Thunder God lived within the Superstition Mountains. A visit to the museum whilst you’re in the are will give you more information about some of the other legends attached to this mountain range.

The Lost Dutchman Travel Bug Hide-Out – GC2KXW2 by 2JeepFamily

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 4

A large Geocache for TB’s out in the desert, always rare to find a ‘large’ Geocache so definitely worthy of your time if you’re trying to complete a challenge! 🙂

Superstition... CC2006 LASZLO ILYES

Superstition… CC2006 LASZLO ILYES

Have you ever been to Superstition Mountains? What do you think to the legend? Do you think it’s possible that there’s still gold in ‘them there hills?’ Has this spurred you on to go and look for it?!

Until next time,

Happy adventuring!

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