The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine

Arizona Superstition Mountain Wilderness, Elevation 5,059 ft

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.

Weaver’s Needle

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.

Lost Dutchman Park

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.

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch


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13 Responses to The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine

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  2. Bassas Blog says:

    Great story but sad to know that people lost their lives trying to find the gold mine 😦

  3. Pirate. Treasure. You just knew I was going to comment. 🙂 I love old mysteries like this. I’ve never been to those mountains, but I’ve read about them in books, both fact and fiction. If I do make it out that way, I’ll bring my special Pirate treasure compass.

  4. Jo Bryant says:

    What a tale…love it. And i love the name of the mountains…so cool

  5. Rita A. says:

    Those mountains have always made me feel weird, even from a distance. Like they are watching me. I love the names of these old peaks and such.

  6. I am sooo glad you posted this. I forgot to tell you that I lost the number of the fella I was to call re: gold prospecting up that way in a couple weeks! Give me a call!

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