The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is reportedly a very rich gold mine hidden in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona. It is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history.
The controversial stories of a hidden gold mine rest here and probably will remain a mystery forever. It has been the quest of many, claiming countless lives, unexplained deaths, and those lucky enough to survive were plagued with incredible doom.
In the 1870s Jacob Waltz, “the Dutchman” (actually a native of Germany) was said to have located the mine through the aid of a Peralta descendant. Waltz and his partner, Jacob Weiser worked the mine and allegedly hid one or more caches of gold in the Superstitions. Most stories place the gold in the vicinity of Weaver’s Needle. Weiser was killed by Apaches, or according to some, by Waltz himself.
In failing health, Jacob Waltz moved to Phoenix and died some twenty years later in 1891. He supposedly described the mine’s location to Julia Thomas, a neighbor who took care of him prior to his death. Neither she nor dozens of other seekers in the years that followed were able to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine.
This rugged territory of Arizona has both hidden and recorded history of this magnification gold mine. It is a place of mystery, legend and lore in a mountainous wilderness where perhaps the richest tales of the West are buried.
This land is now a designated Wilderness Area and mining is now restricted by Title 16, chapter 23 paragraph 1133 of the United Sates Code.