The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine has been somewhat of an intriguing mystery for explorers all over the world. The Spaniards wrote that the treasure was located on the Arizona Superstition Mountains. The Mountain doesn’t have the world superstition in it for no reason. Men are said to disappear into thin air or be brutally slaughtered. While some people claimed that there was never a treasure there at all, did this explorer manage to find it?
1. THE LURE AND THE CURSE
For years, Ron Feldman heard stories of the failure of men pursuing the treasure. But, he was motivated to do what no man has done before and dive deeper into the hostile terrain and declare once and for all that the curse is nothing but a a lie.
2. THE THUNDER GOD
The first to discover the mountains were Apache Indians. They weren’t interested in finding the treasure till the Spaniards arrived and forced them to unearth their knowledge of the Superstition Mountain. Indians weren’t too happy to search the mountain for gold. They believed that there was a Thunder God protecting the gold. The Spaniards didn’t believe their superstitions, but after a few trips to discover the treasure, they believed that there indeed was something guarding the gold.
3. SPANISH GOLD RUSH
The Spanish Empire was greatly threatened by several different enemies and guarding the country against them while maintaining a stable economy isn’t an easy thing to do. That’s when a gold fever overtook them and the King started to send out expeditions to locate gold and then mine it. The Spaniard’s efforts did nothing but add to the death count because of their greed.
4. DEAD BODIES AND SEPARATED HEADS
During the 14th and 17th Century, thousands of Spaniard explorers were discovered dead around the Superstition Mountain. Their bodies were mutilated and decapitated. It wasn’t obvious whether this was the work of Apache Indians or if there was indeed a Thunder God protecting the Mountains. Don Miguel, a Spaniard in 1845 was the first to lay his eyes on the treasure. He proved that there was no curse and proclaimed that the treasure did exist, but he had no idea what the future had in store for him.
5. THE PERALTA FAMILY
The Peralta Family were the owners of a ranch in Mexico, but they decided to enter the gold-mining business. After Don Miguel discovered the treasure, he rushed right back to Mexico to get soldiers and supplies to get the gold back to the country.
6. SUCCESS AND FEAR
The Apache Indian and Spaniard tension grew to an all-time high once the mine was discovered. While Miguel was making preparations to extract the gold, the Indians were making preparations of their own. They were going to ambush Miguel’s squad, but due to his wit, Miguel predicted hostility and hid the mine, but he was a little too late.
7. THE MASSACRE
The Apache Warriors ambushed the 148 soldiers of Miguel and the Peralta Family. They killed every single one of them except two soldiers who managed to survive. Later, it was one of these two men that played a defining role in the future of the mine.
8. THE PERALTA STONES
Peralta did manage to hide the mine but he did leave stones as clues for someone else from his family that would decide to venture into the mine. The stones were three large slates that contained carvings of a magician, a donkey and a heart. But, before these clues were discovered, someone else walked right into the mine.
9. DR. THORN
Dr. Thorn for the next big adventurer to lay his eyes on the great treasure. He was an army doctor that served during the Spaniard-Apache dispute. During that era, Abraham Lincoln made changed to help the fighting stop which did indeed worked. He offered the Apache a safe haven where they wouldn’t be bothered. Dr. Thorn offered to go and serve the Indians. He had no idea of the role he would be playing in the mystery of the mine.
10. ONE OF US
Dr. Thorn earned the respect, admiration and trust of the Apache in a very short time. He treated their sick, took care of the women bearing children and taught them the importance of hygiene. The people trusted him so much that the elders named him one of their own. They were grateful for his contributions and decided to give him a gift for his efforts.
11. ONE DAY GOLD SPREE
The confidence the Apache had in Thorne was mind-blowing. They decided that they would allow the doctor to visit the mine. He was taken there under the protection of the Apache blindfolded so he couldn’t return. The deal was that he would be permitted to take as much gold as he could carry with himself. But, the elders had no idea this would happen…
12. THE FIRST CONCRETE CLUE
Dr. Thorn did as was expected. He filled his pockets with gold. After he was done, his curiosity overcame him and he tool a look at the contour around him and noticed a rock. He noted the description of the rock and this rock would go to be a solid clue for future explorers. Thorn never returned to the mine but there was another explorer Jacob Waltz aka the Dutchman that was next to locate the mine. His stories were so famous that the mine was named the Lost Dutchman’s Mine.
13. THE FAMOUS DUTCHMAN
Jacob Waltz came from North America dreaming of riches. But, on his way he found and saved a Mexican that was about to be killed. He didn’t that the Mexican was one of the two survivors of the Apache’s massacre and had valuable information about the mine.
14. DREAM COME TRUE
As a sign of gratitude, the Mexican told him exactly where the mine was and finally the Dutchman found success after years of work. He started extracting the gold all on his own and carried it back to town on the back of a donkey. But, it wasn’t long before people started to get curious.
15. THE RICHEST MAN IN TOWN
The people from his locale couldn’t figure out how the Dutchman who had barely anything is now paying for food with gold nuggets. They eventually found out that he had found the location of the mine. People started to question him and sometimes they would even follow him. Waltz knew that he couldn’t bear for long under this kind of pressure.
16. DEATH OF THE DUTCHMAN
The Dutchman knew of his troubling situation and made a deal with two soldiers. The gold was split three way and each would keep the other protected. The Dutchman died an old wealthy man in his bed. He didn’t leave any clues as to where the mine actually was. After his death, there were several more voyages to try and discover where the mine was. However, history repeated itself. Brutally…
17. LEGEND GROWS, RUMORS SPREAD
Once the Dutchman died and no one had any luck discovery the mine, it was speculated that Waltz was just covering some sort of illegal criminal activity. The rumors spread that he was laundering his money through the false news of a gold mine. But, it didn’t discourage treasure explorers as more and more people were showing up to search the mountain. It was as if the Thunder God had risen once more and once again resumed to leaving dead bodies in its wake.
18. ADOLF RUTH
After Waltz, there weren’t many notable explorers to make their way to the mountains. Whoever shows up there never returned. It was speculated that the mountain drives explorers mad and forces them to kill one another. But, in 1931, an old explorer Adolf Ruth came upon a map to the mountains that supposedly led to the mines. He was old and had a prosthetic. It was six months later, a note from Ruth was found that said “I came. I saw. I conquered” in Latin.
19. A MAN WITH PASSION
Till 2011, the Mountains claimed the lives of tons other explorers. But, Feldmen was obsessed with the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. His 30 years of efforts led him to a vantage point that no one other than the Dutchman could find.
20. THE TUNNEL
Feldmen and his two sons spent two years on this expedition and located a tunnel. Feldmen knew he was close to the treasure, he appealed to the government and asked them for help with such a large scale operation and extensive drilling.
21. THE MYSTERY UNVIELS
Ron Feldmen is currently digging into the mine as we speak. He’s confident that he’ll find that mine which killed so many people. Who knows? Maybe he’ll find the gold. Or maybe the story will turn up to be nothing more than just a fairy tale…