Where is Lost Dutchman State Park?
To clarify the story with the Dutchman: behind it there is a flowery legend, which is shortened as follows.
In 1848, the Mexican Peralta family owned gold mines in the Superstition Mountains. A gold shipment to Mexico was ambushed by the Apaches and with the exception of one or two members of the transport squad, all Mexicans were killed. This area is now known as the Massacre Ground. Attempts to pinpoint the gold mine failed for a variety of reasons.
In the 1870s, the Dutchman came into play – in fact, he was not a Dutchman, but a German (Dutchman was then a common hoax for us Germans, which Karl May’s friends of course know): Jacob Waltz. Waltz worked at the Mine with his Partner Jacob Weiser after a descendant of the Peralta family allegedly told him the location. The two hid a lot of Gold in the Superstition Mountains before Weiser (supposedly) of Apaches(or maybe Waltz?) was killed. A sickly Waltz then moved to Phoenix, where he died twenty years later (1891). Before his death, he told his neighbour Julia Thomas, who cared for him, where the gold mine was located, but neither Mrs. Thomas nor other Knights of fortune, some of whom had failed under tragic circumstances, were able to find the Mine again. This was henceforth referred to as Lost Dutchman’s Mine.
Address: 6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Elevation: 2,060 ft (630 m)
Phone: (480) 982-4485
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