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    Legend of Mount Graham Treasure and Cochise Stronghold Treasure

    Okay so I have a book that was printed in 1997 by Raymond H. Voss and it has a lot of the legends of lost mines and treasures in the state of Arizona. These two in particular keep catching my eye and I have even found a bit about them online. The first story goes...
    Mount Graham's Lost Treasure: T.T Swift while working as a Forest Service Ranger in 1903, came across some old ax blazes on a number of pine trees in the Graham Mountains. Local research by Swift, indicated that there was a buried treasure dating back to the 1830's. The waybill gave 12 blazed trees as one marker. Swift did find the trees and also some granite rocks with crosses chiseled on them and several other markers. ( it does not say what these "other markers" were) He did not however find the treasure. The treasure was estimated to be $125,000 in gold bullion. Location of the granite rocks is on Snow Flat. Mount Graham is southwest of Safford.
    And then the second story...
    The Apache Chief Cochise is said to have hidden a chest ( or two ) in the Dragoon Mountains. The gold was taken from a Butterfield Stage raid and hidden somewhere in his hideout known as Cochise's Stronghold in Stronghold Canyon. (AKA Cochise's Gold)
    In some of my research I have learned that there are ruins in Stronghold Canyon from a Butterfield Stage Station with four Confederate soldiers buried there. We are looking forward to hearing everyone else's take on these tales and to going and exploring them.

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    Check to see if they're registered historic sites, because if they are, you best leave the detector at home.
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    The Stronghold we believe is protected but as for mount Graham it is open.
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    Sorry to be a kill-joy, but most of those "lost mine" and "stolen military loot" type lores, are .... exactly that. Just fanciful ghost story legends.

    If you really want to read a bunch more (all sure-fired iron-clad, of course ), just git yourself any TH'ing magazine from the 1970s. Each edition was plum full of them. Yup: the dying miner drags himself into the wild-west saloon. The lone-survivor of an indian attack. Spills the story of fabulous riches, but dies before he can claim his stash. The 4 clues are blah blah blah blah. And the all you have to do is throw in a drawing of a miner posed next to his burro, and presto, it's gotta be true!
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    Tom_in_CA I would agree except over the years there have been a few things to surface from the Snow Flat area that support the story. There is even a place between Snow Flat and Hospital Flat known as Treasure Park.

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    That begs the question as to when those names started.....the typical "chicken and egg" debate as to which came first.
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    Yes, true. We spend our free time ghost towning and metal detecting anyway so we are gonna check them out just in case. 😉
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    Quote Originally Posted by cochisecowboy1965 View Post
    Tom_in_CA I would agree except over the years there have been a few things to surface from the Snow Flat area that support the story. There is even a place between Snow Flat and Hospital Flat known as Treasure Park.
    yup. And so too is EVERY treasure story/legend "sure fire -iron-clad". I ran into the same phenomenom in my hunts all through Mexico (although every culture is the same to degrees): If you show the slightest doubt, or call it superstition, the "faithful" will dig in their heels and believe it all the more. You are then called "loco americano", haha. The human mind wants SO HARD to believe: "Lest you be left out".
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    I have been lurking on this forum a long time....this thread finally motivated me enough to join, so THANKS!
    I lived at the base of Mt. Graham (Pinaleno Mtn's) for years at Fort Grant, the old cavalry post that's now a state prison--lived in staff housing there. I have heard of the "treasure".....many have searched, most believe it doesn't exist. Just about every mtn range in this state seems to have a "treasure legend" attached to it. I personally don't waste time looking specifically for these legends....I search for known history in remote locations. But if that's what gets you out into the hills, that's excellent.
    Been to Dragoon Springs Station many times, easy to get to and find. It's been hunted hard from the days of the first detectors, and is on NF (Forest Service) land. They do patrol the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azdave View Post
    I have been lurking on this forum a long time....this thread finally motivated me enough to join, so THANKS!
    I lived at the base of Mt. Graham (Pinaleno Mtn's) for years at Fort Grant, the old cavalry post that's now a state prison--lived in staff housing there. I have heard of the "treasure".....many have searched, most believe it doesn't exist. Just about every mtn range in this state seems to have a "treasure legend" attached to it. I personally don't waste time looking specifically for these legends....I search for known history in remote locations. But if that's what gets you out into the hills, that's excellent.
    Been to Dragoon Springs Station many times, easy to get to and find. It's been hunted hard from the days of the first detectors, and is on NF (Forest Service) land. They do patrol the area.
    Welcome, azdave. We get motivated by a lot of the history behind many of these legends. We got up and went out and after a few tries found the ghost town of Charleston. No detecting allowed there as it is on BLM land but the historical aspect of the town is pretty awesome. I have to admit, strolling down the well worn path amidst the Adobe ruins you can almost see Curly Bill and Ike Clanton riding beside you. We went in search of Cascabel and found it. That was a bit disappointing though as there was almost nothing left. For us the greatest treasure is being able to see the life from the echoes in a town that has only whispers of life left behind.
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    Yea Charleston is great, as is Fairbanks.
    I use to frequent those area's long before BLM created the Riparian Area, back when it was still the one lane bridge going across the San Pedro at Charleston.....the IDIOT kind of metal detectorist's were destroying everything and leaving so many holes it looked like a Prairie Dog town (especially Fairbanks).

    I remember when all the building's were intact, and even glass still in the widows at places like China Camp (Dragoon Mtn's) and Dusquene (Patagonia Mtn's). Now everything is burned down or shot up and collapsed.
    SAD, because I'm only 50 yo.......and all the destruction to these "common", easy to access places has only happened since the mid-late 80's or so.
    This is why I do tons of research and then go on quests for "virgin" history.

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    Yes, the elusive virgin history. How awesome it would be to find a place that has not been destroyed by random " collectors".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cochisecowboy1965 View Post
    Yes, the elusive virgin history. How awesome it would be to find a place that has not been destroyed by random " collectors".
    There is plenty of it out there...just takes as much time dedicated at the libraries/historical society and studying maps as in the field. I've hit on a couple sites just this year where I was finding UNFIRED (drops) Henry 44 rimfires, Spencer 56-50's and various Sharp cartridges as well as 100's of fired casings...not to mention General Service Buttons and all the other things typical of such encampments. I'm big into early Az military history.
    Of course, you don't just "pull up to" sites like this....thats why they are virgin.
    Last edited by azdave; Dec 13, 2014 at 07:25 PM.

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    Az Dave, welcome aboard !

 

 
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