The Superstition Mountains in Arizona and the lost Dutchman’s gold mine

The Superstition Mountains in Arizona and the lost Dutchman's gold mine 5

The Superstition Mountains, a range of mountains with natural beauties, which located in the east of Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States. The mountains are mostly famous for the strange stories including the infamous legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine that have been taken place for the past hundred years and more.

The Superstition Mountains
The Superstition Mountains, Phoenix, Arizona

Although, there are various stories with different consequences about the “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” of the Superstition Mountains, the two most popular of them are cited below:

The First Story Of The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine:

According to a legend, in the 19th-century, a German man named Jacob Waltz (c.1810-1891) discovered a huge goldmine within these mountains that has since been turned into the name of “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine”. Actually, the American people commonly used the term “Dutchman” to call the “Germans” who were also known as “Deutsch”.

It is said that Waltz kept secret the location of the gold mine after finding it and being rich enough from it. Later in the 1860s, he relocated to Arizona and stayed there for rest of his life. Eventually, a catastrophic flood once had come in Phoenix in 1891, and Waltz’s farm was one of many which was devastated by the flood.

Afterwards, Waltz fell ill perhaps with pneumonia and died on October 25, 1891, after having been nursed by a lady named Julia Thomas. Waltz was buried in Phoenix’s Pioneer and Military Memorial Park. But the story begins from his death. It is said that on his deathbed, Waltz makes a confession to Thomas about the gold mine of the Superstition Mountains. He even draws and describes a crude map to the gold mine.

As early as September 1, 1892, The Arizona Enterprise went in search of the mine on the efforts of Thomas and several others, but the expedition was unsuccessful. After that, hopeless Thomas and her partners had sold the maps for $7 each.

There are several fascinating versions of the legend of “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” that have been put forth and the above story is the most popular version of all of them.

The Second Story Of The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine:

In yet another version of the tale, two U.S. Army soldiers are said to have discovered a vein of almost pure gold inside or near the Superstition Mountains. The soldiers even brought up some of the gold, but they vanished soon after. Most probably they were killed in some way.

Tragedies Behind The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine And The Superstition Mountains:

People from around the world have been seeking the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine since the 1890s, while according to one of the accounts, about 8,000 people annually still make some effort to find out America’s most popular lost mine and many have seen their misery during the expeditions but the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine has never been found.

In the summer of 1931, an amateur treasure hunter Adolph Ruth disappeared while searching for the gold mine. After six months of his disappearance, Ruth’s skeleton was found with two bullet holes in his skull and the story made enough publicity by the national news to spark widespread interest in the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine.

Since Ruth’s tragic death, there have occurred several other deaths, disappearances, unusual accidents and macabre events within the Superstition Mountains’ limits.

  • In the mid-1940s, the headless remains of prospector James A. Cravey were reportedly found in the Mountains area. He was allegedly disappeared after setting out to find the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine.
  • In late November or early December of 2009, a Colorado resident Jesse Capen (age of 35) went missing mysteriously in the Tonto National Forest. His campsite tent and car were found abandoned shortly afterwards. He was known to have been trying to expose the secret of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine for several years and had made previous trips to the area. Later in 2012, Capen’s body was discovered by a local search and rescue organization.
  • On July 11, 2010, Utah hikers Curtis Merworth (age of 49), Ardean Charles (age of 66), and Malcolm Meeks (age of 41) went missing in the Superstition Mountains, questing for the gold mine. On July 19, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department carried out a wide investigation into the mountains area for the three lost hikers. They presumably died in the summer heat. One year later in January 2011, three sets of remains were recovered from that area which is believed to be of those lost Utah hikers.

Now, some believe the spirits of all those dead guys still haunt this mountains area and they are the culprit behind all the macabre events that often occur in the Superstition Mountains.


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  1. Certainly some stories that remain mysteries of today are in conflict with so many legends in time that made ancient culture what it was. Some tales of the tried and true launch beyond time and arrive here and now. I was in the VietNAM war and travelled extensively because of my being schooled differently once I was inducted. One day something very strange happened and I was sent to the Tower at Alconbury, RAF. I was told to have a seat while my friend Sgt. Conway dispatched security patroals around the different sectors of this base. I was then told to guard a very unusual plane in a Priority B area. Someone approached the plane and I “jacked” them up. I was doing what I was trained to do so I was disciplined for my defense of what I was told to protect. Soon I went before a mock trial held by the base commander. Later I was set up for doing something else that I had not actually done and I was dropped off in a field for 24 hrs. in a blizzard there. After awhile someone came to look for me, buried in over 2 ft. of snow I was finally rescued but unconcious. I was then put in a tent for 2 weeks as they tried to bring me back to like. Soon after I was given a physical and sent to Mildenhall Hosp. to get cancer treatment. After that ordeal I took some time off and went to Scotland to study the Breamar Castle and ski the Gramphians. When I returned on the 2nd day of 1969 I was put in a room and left there for about a month. I watched as most of my fellow cops were sent off to Germany and other places around the world to fight the world war which according to the “War Plan” had ensued globally since 1947. After my R&R I received written orders to go to the middle East, to a top secret base. At first I was dismayed but so many of my friends were gone I decided to go with the flow. I ended up in Rome, Greece, Istanbul and then in Ankara, Turkey at the Andara Hotel during the time of massive Student Riots. As soon as I checked in they were waiting there for me. One person who I can name but is a top secret even today guided me into the dining room where he briefed me. I stayed there in the Hotel and was told not to leave until a predetermined departure time as soon as my tickets were to be delivered to my room. After the briefing I had a long talk with the officer who clarified what was really going on. A few days later I wound up in a town where the King of Kurdistan Lived. I did not know it but I was to wind up living in his palace with him very soon and someone who was to escort me to the Tomb of Aphrodite was to meet me there. That took awhile as first I had to acclimate myself at the fate of the same person that I had previously met in Ankara, he showed up to greet me yet again just outside of Diyarbikar. He debriefed me at the top secret base and followed me around for about 5 months keeping a close eye on me. We became close friends and he taught me to do some things that I had never seen nor heard of before. He also taught me Haiku. A close friend of his came to teach me Classical Guitar. Many strange things happened at that base that I cannot reveal but are very beyond everyday comprehension. The officer that was in charge of Me knew alot of incredible people there at the remote base. There was a radar station there as well…you could go into at night and watch the UFO above us on a huge screen that spanned a radar control center which was not far from a GE station on base that generated fusion power. I cannot tell you why that was used for right now but someday it will all be revealed by others. The War Plan that I read in the summer of ’68 was starting to unfold during the Woodstock Rock Festival, used as a distraction as it became appearant all at once all over the world. I was sent by my friend who was my Captain, back to Ankara where I met a person that was able to perform similar actions as my Captain was able to do. Both of these people were beyond intelligent and possessed a wealth of mental power and could create vast illusions, again part of the war plan. I stayed at Temel’s Father’s Home in Ankara for a week as we made ready to go to make further contact with people in Istanbul, both on the Greek and Turkish sides of that city. I met up with a friend who was leaving Turkey as I stayed at a luxury hotel on the Turkish side of town. He and his wife were heading back to Seattle. I recall how happy he was to see me and so we took him to the airport to “send him off”. He was the disc jockey at the top secret base where I had been stationed since February of that year. Now it was August and after going into the old part of Istanbul to see the Blue Mosque and Topkapi we went to a youth hostile and met some important people there as well. We took a ship to Greece and from there went to see a girl who live on a huge olive grove estate where there were grapes growing as well. Her name was Seher. The most beautiful woman in the world. She told me about her Father and then took me to the place where natives squished the olives to make olive oil in his huge vats. When she left she went back to the University in Instanbul…a very smart woman. After that we were ready to go to our final destination on an Island that is a place where most of the gold in the entire world is stored. I had to be traind by a sponge diver to go under Dragonda Island to see this as it is deep underwater beneath the Island. I never saw so much gold nor will anyone else see this much gold ever as it is top secret. Munir showed be how to use his boat to get the oxygen down with me using a pump on board so that I could get to the GATES of DRAGONDA behind which were undersea tunnels that led to Dragonda’s Treasure. Atop of the Island was the location of the Tomb of Aphrodite. She was buried there in 5500BC. It took a long time but we eventually uncovered the MerMer Tomb that she layed in, remotely for eons. Once uncovered we had to remove the MerMer Cover that weighed tons. Unfortunately the MerMer was not just heavy but had gotten very brittle beneath the soil line. Once uncovered she lay there open to the air for the first time. She was wearing a beaded Brassiere that immediately turned into dust when we tried removing her body skeleton. She was holding pottery in her hand that looked like a miniature Amphora it too was very old and brittle …inside were hundreds of miniature amphoras carved or casted I’m not sure which, thousands of years ago by her handmaidens. The other hand held a different jar full of coins and other artifacts that belonged to her. One was a coin showing the coming of Christ. We went to the head of the Turkish Historian’s house near Erdincik and showed him what we had just excavated but no gold. He was very impressed and knew well of the traditional story of her lifetime. She was protected by Dragonda the Pirate and his sailors who patrolled the entire Mediterranean and went around Cape Horn and up to Norway to trade. Maps of Dragonda exist and I have seen them. The pirates protected these trade routes from invaders from Turin and other ports in North and East Africa including Egypt. This was all going on in Eastern Turkey before the Greeks. I talked to many people there in Eastern Turkey who are not Turkish but go back in their family history, way before the end of Byzantium and are half Greek and not related to any Turkish people. Our knowledge of their traditions fall short of the truth. Aphrodite was the Queen of this world and her husband was indeed Zeuss. Neither of whom were Mythical Legends until the coming of the Greco Roman ethos. I can reveal a lot of what was going on there but the key here is what the Daughter of this Olive Plantation told me regarding how important a product as olives and olive oil was to the Queen who Seher was related too and the history of that trade, via the making of the sailing ships, amphoras et al…

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