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By Jeff Masich | Agent in Scottsdale, AZ

Who is the "Lost Dutchman" and where is his gold mine in Arizona?

Who is the "Lost Dutchman" and where is his gold mine that tourists to Arizona always ask about? Inquiring minds what to know.

Wikipedia reports, "The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine (also known by many similar names) is reportedly a very rich gold mine hidden in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, east of Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. The land is a designated Wilderness Area, and mining is now restricted there by Title 16, chapter 23 paragraph 1133 of the United States Code.

The mine is named after German immigrant Jacob Waltz ("Dutchman" was a common, though inaccurate, American slang term for "German," derived from the German word for "German" – "Deutsch"). It is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history: Arizona place-name expert Byrd Granger notes that, as of 1977, the Lost Dutchman story was printed or cited at least six times more often than two other fairly well-known tales, the story of Captain Kidd's lost treasure, and the story of the Lost Pegleg mine in California. Robert Blair notes that people have been seeking the Lost Dutchman mine since at least 1892,[1] while Granger writes that according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman's mine.[2] Former Arizona Attorney General Bob Corbin is among those who have looked for the mine.[3] Others have argued the mine has little or no basis in fact and is a legend though, as noted below, Blair argues that all the main components of the story have at least some basis in fact.

According to many versions of the tale, the mine is either cursed, or protected by enigmatic guardians who wish to keep the mine's location a secret."

I encourage you to explore Arizona. If you are interested in Arizona's mining traditions, see my separate blog on the names Ghost Towns in Arizona, many which date back to mines of yesterday and are interesting to explore.

Jeff Masich
Arizona Homes and Land
HomeSmart Realty

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