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The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine

Updated on July 14, 2016

The Lost Dutchman

The Superstition Mountains...

... have been a place of mystery and legends since only the Pima Indians lived in Arizona. There are uncountable ancient cliff dwellings and caves - many were once inhabitated - and the Superstitions became the stronghold of the Apaches in the 19th century.

In many of the stories an Apache curse protects the sacred burial ground and the treasures of the Indians, which include the Lost Dutchman Mine. The curse can be traced back to the early 16th century, when Spanish priests were building missions in what is now known as Arizona and New Mexico. The Indians helped them mine gold, some of which was sent back to the King of Spain. In the late 18th century, the Jesuits were ordered out of Mexico. Some people believe they hid away their records of mines, treasures and ore deposits.

During the 1840s the Mexican Peralta family developed some rich gold mines in the Superstitions. According to legend, in 1848 a large party was ambushed by Apaches. Only one or two Peralta family members escaped into Mexico. There is indeed evidence of skirmishes between the Spanish and the Apaches at the area that is known today as 'the Massacre Grounds', where remnants of mining equipment, old weapons, gear and a pack train have been discovered.

The legend says that the Peraltas buried their rich mines with rocks to hide their treasures. Numerous maps have surfaced, but the men who claimed to have found the Peralta mine were unable to return to it, because of all sort of troubles, calamities and disasters, all adding to the lore of the Curse of the Superstitions.

In the 1870's, Jacob Waltz aka 'the Dutchman' (but actually a German) would have located the mine with a little help from a Peralta descendant. Waltz and his partner Jacob Weiser hid some caches of gold in the vicinity of Weaver's Needle. Weiser was killed by the Apaches or by Waltz, who moved to Phoenix and died in 1891. He described the location of the mine to Julia Thomas, but neither she nor other treasure seekers were able to find the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. A lot of them have met with foul play, death... or the Curse of the Superstition Mountains.

As a real Dutchman, I was fascinated about these stories of a lost treasure and a terrible curse. So, I would like to start here on the HubPages a True Treasure Hunt for the Lost Dutchman Mine.... No doubt, the legend of the Lost Dutchman is the most famous of all these stories about fabulous lost gold mines in Arizona and New Mexico. But where do we have to place the Lost Adams Diggings? (There is also a Dutchman in it!) Or the Lost Gold Mine of Juan Mondragón?

According to R.G. Babcock there is an explanation for all these tales about a curse and this lost gold of the Indians... Somewhere in the 19th century two men from the Midwest and an old Indian Chief were in an Arizona cave filled with treasure... A hundred years later R.G. Babcock received a letter, describing a first-hand account of the lost gold of the Aztec Empire:

The Lost Aztec Treasure

Treasure of the Cursed Superstition Mountains

A prospector killed to get a gold mine and continued to kill in order to keep it. A death-bed confession:

Stories of the Superstitions... Spooky!


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      3 years ago

      John V. Kemm 's directions for Arizona lost Dutchman mine is to far south. The Peralta trail goes by Horse Rock and a Heart shaped rock the size of L.A. airport. The Rock house can be seen from north of second water spring.

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      4 years ago

      no one will find it it will be down to a SCOTSMAN to reveil too were it is

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      8 years ago

      It is my opinion the lost dutchman as well as many other treasures will never be found due to government land protection laws.Protected land can no longer be seached for lost treasure.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful post. The lost cites, Peralta mines, the LDM. Don't forget the seven lost caves of the Aztecs.

      Have you ever wondered what you would find if you found one of these lost mines?

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      10 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Another very interesting gold mine that have people glued to.

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      John V Kemm 

      10 years ago

      (((LOST DUTCHMAN FOUND PERALTA MAPS SOLVED!))) [Incident:090713-000011] I have located the gold. John V. Kemm Albuquerque N.M. today is july 4 2009 the key is the heart the peralta map is close to dead on till you reach the heart then reverse the heart or spin it to the right and a little to the north, from a specific angle from weavers needle you can see the hearts center the upper left side is where the gold is this can be verified on google earth the only thing i ask for is to give me credit for the find and if there are profits made a 3 percent of the total for me and my family my name is John V. Kemm age 43 of albuquerque new mexico i encourage anyone to investigate this finding of mine

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      John V kemm 

      10 years ago

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      Gypsy Willow 

      11 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Love this hub! I live in Nevada where gold prospecting is back. Exciting!

    • Kiki Stamatiou profile image

      Kiki Stamatiou 

      11 years ago from Kalamazoo

      A very fascinating article. Especially, since I am a history buff. I love this period of history that you speak of in the article. I also enjoyed the videos.

      Take Care,

      Kiki Stamatiou

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      12 years ago

      I've read books on the subject and they really get the imagination going.

      I thought it was "a load", but I've read in other books that there have been quite a few murders, beheadings and disappearances in those mountains.

      I'd love to explore them!

      Looking forward to part 2.



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