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  1. Mining Activity in Needle Canyon Near Terrapin Trail

    Here are some GE images of a mine dump in Needle Canyon near Terrapin Trail. On the topo map, I'm assuming that the mine is the one farthest south of the four marked on the map inside the box. I haven't yet spotted the other three mines. In the last GE image, I see a circular ground feature...
  2. Mining Activity SE of Hackberry Mesa

    A diligent researcher of all things related to the Superstition Mountains sent me an old newspaper article that answers many questions about Jabez Clapp. The location of the mine, which is shown in my initial post, gives it very high probability that it is the mine that was occupied by Clapp.
  3. Clue 4 Peaks Lined up as 1

    I enjoy reading Blind Bowman's posts, and it's not necessary for me to judge if they are 100% fact or just tall tales. Their factual content, or lack thereof, does not affect my enjoyment. Much of the LDM legend is no more than tall tales, in my opinion, but that doesn't diminish my enjoyment...
  4. The Map Pointing to Fish Creek Canyon

    markmar -- You're a true pro at "thinking out of the box." As always, this post of your's is another adventure in an alternative world, where nothing is as it really is. I guess, because your viewpoints are consistently a departure from the norm, that's why I give your posts a "like" and...
  5. The Map Pointing to Fish Creek Canyon

    About the TV episode, Bob Schoose seemed very confident that he knew the place related to the Gonzales Map. His confidence was based on the "signs" that he had found -- the blazed cactus and the row of rocks on the ground. I don't think anything he did or said during his appearance on that...
  6. The Map Pointing to Fish Creek Canyon

    markmar -- OK, you've got me lost now. These were my thoughts, thus far, on any codes that might be included in the Gonzales Map before I saw your last post. I notice that the line drawn to indicate Canon Fresco CROSSES the Rio Salado. This could mean that Canon Fresco is on the north side of...
  7. The Map Pointing to Fish Creek Canyon

    Some have presented the theory that Tortilla Creek could be Canyon Fresco. If I'm reading your post correctly, the map does show the junction of a canyon with the Salt River, just at a location other than Fish Creek Canyon. You wrote, "the concept of the map was to show a different region than...
  8. The Map Pointing to Fish Creek Canyon

    Markmar -- Your last post gave me an "ah ha" moment, as it opens up another line of thought. I'll need to think on what you've written for awhile, then I can respond in detail. I can say right this moment, though, that "yes" I accepted what was presented in the TV episode as a possible...
  9. The Map Pointing to Fish Creek Canyon

    Thanks very much, markmar. No, I haven't been there. I think the spot you marked with the red circle is at, or close enough, to the exact spot where the Dutch hunting team stood with Bob Schoose. They weren't far from a road after walking up a "knoll" as Bob Schoose described it. I would...
  10. The Map Pointing to Fish Creek Canyon

    In the TV series "Legend of the Superstition Mountains", Season 1 Episode 3, titled "Decoding the Dutchman's Clues" or "The Dutchman's Code", the Dutch hunting team is guided to a location near Fish Creek Canyon by Bob Schoose, who has shown Wayne Tuttle a map pinpointing that place. The...
  11. Trails that Go Nowhere

    Thank you, markmar. A wildlife trail is an absolute possibility, and I would admit more likely than human activity in that location. My initial thought was that if animals were coming there to feed on grass the trail would not be so well defined through the grassy area. I'll take another...
  12. A Face, a Ravine, and a Mine

    EDN -- Thanks very much for the offer of a ride, but I wouldn't want to pull you away from your family responsibilities and other things that keep you busy. I'm sure I can find some way to get the job done. If anyone watching this thread will be hiking into Boulder Canyon to its junction with...
  13. Maybe a Stone Corral

    Using Google Earth, I've spotted what looks like a stacked-stone structure with circular walls (first image). The structure is inside the red box (second image). The third image is a zoomed screenshot. The structure is too large in diameter and the walls are too high to be an arrastra. I see...
  14. Trails that Go Nowhere

    Another possible mystery in the Superstition Mountains -- This path/trail is north of Peters Mesa, and if I'm reading the topo map correctly, it could be in the vicinity of Cottonwood Canyon. I don't think it's part of Peters Canyon Trail. I can't make out the trail beyond what I see in the...
  15. A Face, a Ravine, and a Mine

    Idahodutch -- I will carry my gear in, ultralight mode. A rental car would complicate matters, and definitely so if the car was vandalized at the trailhead. My first trip into the mountains was enjoyable, although I didn't achieve all my objectives. I didn't see any water sources along my...
  16. A Face, a Ravine, and a Mine

    I have not yet hiked to the ravine and the old mine. That trip, if I do it, will be multi-days, camping above the ravine near the mine. I don't want to leave my vehicle parked at First Water Trailhead for several days, so that presents a logistical problem. I'll need transportation to and...
  17. A Face, a Ravine, and a Mine

    Yes, EDN, I've used Google Earth's historical imagery, although not in this particular case. You are correct when you wrote, "the actual terrain looks quite different when in the field." During my recent trip to the mountains, I hiked Second Water Trail to Garden Valley, then north from there...
  18. A Face, a Ravine, and a Mine

    The spot that you mention, inside the green box, is probably a depression in the canyon bottom that traps fine sediment when water is flowing in the canyon. Higher, rocky protrusions into the canyon, left and right of the depression, act as wing dams to help trap the sediment.
  19. A Face, a Ravine, and a Mine

    Probably just another Google Earth "trick." Don't put on your hiking boots and backpack.
  20. Just where was first water and second water location in the 1890’s……anyone??

    Another excellent post, markmar. I would say you are absolutely correct. "Waters" certainly would not refer to creeks that flow only during certain brief times of the year, nor would they refer to springs or seeps which don't have to be crossed. "Waters" could only refer to significant...
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