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Is The Lost Adams Really Lost ???
December 29, 2000 at 20:29:51
In Reply to: Lost Adams/Snotahay/ZigZag??????
posted by Joe on December 22, 2000 at 21:19:32
Here is web site with an interview from the Library of Congress American Living Memory that offers a version of the Lost Adams from around the turn of the 20th century. It is interesting to note how similiar the various Adams stories are in some respects but vastly different in others such as being located in Arizona or New Mexico. It's a good read:
After reading Zig Zag Canyon - The Legend of Gold Gulch and talking in person several time with Ron Feldman in Apache Junction, AZ, I have concluded that his analysis and finding of the Lost Adams is the correct solution to this placer mystery. I tracked down a hard copy of Lt. W.H. Emory"s "Notes of a Military Reconnaisance from Ft. Levenworth in Missouri to San Diego in California" purlished in 1848. Emory did record Maurice Landrew's confessions of the Adams party and what happened to them up one branch of the Prieto river that flowed into the Gila. The clues of his location fit nicely with the old recorded clues from Adams and Gold Gulch (Prieto) was heavliy workded for gold during the Depression.
On occasions, Ron Feldman has taken members of the Superstition Mountain Treasure Hunters Club of Apache Junction to the Zig Zag Canyon with permission from the land owners and the Club has found gold with metal detectors and small dredges. I think this one should be entered in the "FOUND" category.
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