The Lost Dutchman Mine, and the Superstition Mountain

JFDIAFF

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When I was a young buck, I used to always visit my dad in Arizona. I always heard about the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountain. Legends have been something I've always been interesting. It's something I would be interested in looking for, as well. Would it be worth it? If I would find a mine in that general area, is there anything that would confirm that it would be the Lost Dutchman Mine, or would it look like any other mine?
 

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.... I always heard about the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountain. Legends have been something I've always been interesting. ...

Did you read my "treasure legends" post I just posted ? I'd lump the lost Dutchman in the same category.
 

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When I was a young buck, I used to always visit my dad in Arizona. I always heard about the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountain. Legends have been something I've always been interesting. It's something I would be interested in looking for, as well. Would it be worth it? If I would find a mine in that general area, is there anything that would confirm that it would be the Lost Dutchman Mine, or would it look like any other mine?

Of course don't look like any other mine . There , after will remove the first layer of rocks , you will find cigars , a champagne bottle and some glasses to celebrate your find .
 

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When I was a young buck, I used to always visit my dad in Arizona. I always heard about the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountain. Legends have been something I've always been interesting. It's something I would be interested in looking for, as well. Would it be worth it? If I would find a mine in that general area, is there anything that would confirm that it would be the Lost Dutchman Mine, or would it look like any other mine?

There are so many versions of the legend, and what the mine is or isn't. Having grown up in Phoenix, and put in many weeks hiking and riding in the Superstition Mountains as a kid with his dad, as a Boy Scout, and as a paid guide, I can tell you that there are MANY old mine shafts in the range. If you go JUST to find a myth, you will be disappointed. If you go to experience the raw beauty, rough country, and natural dangers - you'll love it! WINTER is the time to explore the Superstitions. In the summer the dangers are magnified by 100X. Do your homework on the mountains, measure your fitness, and pack in the RIGHT gear to keep yourself alive. DO NOT go into the Supes by yourself!!!!! Good Luck! :skullflag:
 

Old Bookaroo

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JFDIAFF:

I suggest you mosey over to the Treasure Legends - Lost Dutchman sub-forum here on TN.

There is a vast amount of literature on the LDM. Some of it is half-vast. I suggest you start with Robert Blair's classic Tales of the Superstitions; The Origins of the Lost Dutchman Legend (1975). Actually, you could stop there as well. But, as Greg Davis can tell you, treasure hunting literature is a lot like peanuts, potato chips and beer. Once you start it can be dang hard to stop.

Another classic version of the tale is and Sims Ely's The Lost Dutchman Mine (1953). A personal favorite of mine is Barney Barnard's Superstition Mountain and its Famed Lost Dutchman Mine (1952 and reprinted many times). No - that copy you just bought wasn't autographed by the author. The inscription and signature are printed on the title page.

There has been an annual cookout-campout-potluck-yarn fest down in Arizona. You might think about attending if it's something you are interested in. Be sure to visit the Superstition Mountain Historical Society Museum!

Good luck to all,

The Old Bookaroo
 

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