Arizona’s Superstition Mountains have been a magnet for generations of adventurers and treasure hunters. Many who come to the mountain of gold-seeking riches never return. In the 17th century, a miner called the Dutchman (Jacob Waltz) came out of the Mountains more dead than alive. Something had kept him going when others would have given up. He had been tortured by Indians and seen his partner murdered. For days he had traveled alone under the blazing sun. What was the secret that gave him the strength to survive? It was the treasure. Great nuggets of gold and raw gold bars. The Dutchman said he found a mine full of it. He would never be strong enough to go back to it and the secret quest of the mine went to the grave with him.
Since then many have ventured these mountains to find the said treasure and have failed for different reasons, this explorer tried his luck too, but what happened to him is not easy to guess. Also, did he manage to find that treasure or not?
The Apache Thunder God
The Superstition Mountains are assumed to be cursed by the Apache Thunder God. Men are known to have been inhumanly murdered here, die mysterious deaths or simply vanished into thin air. There are some skeptical people who believe that the mines or the gold zone do not exist in the first place but there are others who have lost their lives in trying to seek these mines. This, however, did not discourage this one adventurer and he went ahead to venture the territories which are supposed to have been cursed. Did he find the tressure of did he too became another victim of these ruthless mountains?
The Centre Of A Magic Circle
The search for gold zone begins at the Weaver’s Needle. Some explorers believe that it is the center of a magic circle that contains the untold wealth of a lost civilization. Inexplicable magic powers have been attributed to the area. The Lost Dutchman Goldmine could well be the most well known and mysterious Goldmine in the history of America. People have been trying to find the mines since the 19th century, the time they weres supposed to have been discovered. 8000 people annually are reported to make an effort to find the mines and most of them never return.
The Lure And The Curse
The shiny element that is gold has always attracted and hypnotized mankind with its luster. It has driven them to steal and even kill. The gold mine and the gold zone, hidden somewhere deep in the secrets of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains have not surprisingly lured thousands of people towards it and these men have either lost their sanity, become delusional or died.
Today we bring you the story of one of these men, named Ron Feldman, who was ambitious like his fellow explorers. He had seen men fail before him but he still was determined to find this unexplored uncharted territory.
Caves Guarded By Spells And Snakes
The community of the Apache Indians is known to be the first settlement here. The Apache have always related differently to the superstitions. They say that the mountain of gold hides a sacred cave protected by a curse and guarded by rattlesnakes charged with lightning bolts. Some say that the Dutchman tore his gold from the walls of the secret Apache cave. The Dutchman did claim that his partner was murdered which could have been an act of Apache vengeance. The natives, however, did not stay in peace for long. Invaders came and tore their civilization apart to possess gold.
Hungry And Brutal Spaniards
Spain’s conquerors penetrated the mountains looking for the legendary kingdom of Cibola. They believed that Cibola was composed of 7 cities made of pure gold. The Spaniards even resorted to torture to pry information from the natives. The Indians revealed to them that it was indeed true that the mountain contained gold in the form of raw gold bars but they were adamant in refusing to provide any kind of help to the invaders as they were afraid that Thunder God would punish them or an intruder. Sometime later even the Spaniards admitted that the place was under some protection or cursed.
Grotesque Result Of Invasion
For hundreds of years, Spanish travelers had tried to discover the mines and innumerable explorers were found to be dead in and around the Superstition Mountains area. The interesting and the disturbing thing is that they were not just dead; their bodies had been brutally mutilated and in some cases, the heads were decapitated. The reasons could not be found for this. Who was mutilating these bodies? Was it the Thunder God or the Apache people? To prove his countrymen wrong, Don Miguel Peralta, a Spaniard went to the said location to find the gold zone. However, he did not know that his overconfidence came with a price.