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Treasure Maps of the Superstitions: The Peralta Stone Maps Show a Route to a New and Different Treasure Than the Lost Dutchman's Mine

Amy Michelle Mosier (2006)


All gold ore deposits naturally have a high concentration of arsenic and mercury. The fumes from these deposits would kill off the local plant life. [The conquistadors] were instructed to look for rocky, barren places. Sometimes, there would be a line of dry dirt where a gold vein was underneath. An area of mountainous terrain that was colored light green or orange was a priority. In forested areas, pine trees without cones or with cones falling off the outer branches were an indication of gold. When looking for silver, they were to look for the "sulfide" weed. This plant lives only in places where silver sulfide is present and is fairly common in Arizona. Sometimes, these weeds would follow an underground creek, which when traced to its origin would lead to a silver deposit. (8)

All mines, regardless of size, had a mine shrine, or a place for daily prayer. They were equired to be within 200 varas of the mine. The exact location depended on topography. Where it was convenient, there it was put. Shrines are between a foot tall to six feet tall and a foot deep. (10)

Sitting on the 401 Old Santa Fe Trail 77 miles south of Albuquerque is a beautiful church called San Miguel Cathedral. Adjoining it is the Palace of Governors, established in 1609. It was from the Palace of Governors that Spain ruled the entire southern portion of the United States. Why did they need this place? To collect taxes on the gold that was found. In Mexico City there was another Palace of Governors, which ruled all of Mexico from pretty much the modern day border all the way down to Peru. The third and final Palace of Governors was in the Vatican. The King entrusted the Jesuits with the responsibility of running mines, making sure everyone paid the tax and that the King got his share. It was given to them because it was thought that a religious man was an honest man. This gave them enough power so that they were the law of the land. (11)

[Jacob Waltz] pointed to the east. "The mine and the cache are in the Salt River Mountains."
Here I must make a special emphasis on the fact that the Superstitions were called this in this year. There were not any names for landmarks unless something unusual happened here. Hence he couldn't say that his mine was on the northwest corner of Bluff Spring Mountain. It would continue to be this way until the 60's when there was spike in the number of people moving to Phoenix. This is why the directions he gives are not a hoax. They were honestly the best he could give at the time. Also, I wanted to make a note that the Spanish name for the Superstitions before the pioneers came was Sierra de la Espuma or Mountain of Foam. The Pimas thought, perhaps, the line going across the Flatiron marked the height of the Great Flood. They were called the Superstitions because the Pimas believed an evil spirit lived there, one that hardly slept. The Apaches said that if any white man traveled into the mountains, Yusen, their god would become angry. Although, the stories of gold mines and the many deaths that have occurred out there may have had something to do with the name change also. But that every narration has him saying the Salt River Mountains is the reason why suggesting the Lost Dutchman Mine is outside the Superstitions is absurd. (109-10)

[Waltz:] I meandered around Peralta's place for a few days, and then I went back to Tucson and finally to the Pima village where all the overland travelers would stop. I didn't know what to do. I kept thinking of the Pimas and how peacefully they lived and how good they were to me. Why not stay with them, I said to myself, until you really feel Iike living somewhere else. It was peaceful living with the Pimas. I had a good adobe house and furnished it with the things I needed from Tucson. I just lazed around in those years, riding, taking long walks, living the Indian way. (112)

After the Grand Canyon, the Superstition Mts. are the number two spot in Arizona that hikers die. (133)

[Charles] Kenworthy became a full-time treasure seeker in 1972. He was working on a project south of Tucson in 1978 when he "casually" decided to come to Phoenix to work in the Superstitions. In the Greg Davis collection, there is a video where he explains how he got started. Kenworthy claims that he found the "caverna con casa" in December of 1980 and the Dutchman Mine in 1981. The Arizona Republic ran an article about the discovery on January 25, 1980. The laws at the time said you could mine as long as it was an existing mine. But in August of 1984, the laws changed. The Superstitions became part of the Tonto National Forest. It was deemed "wilderness" property and so you couldn't mine at all. There was plenty of forewarning. Kenworthy knew what he had, he had a staff of able men, and filed a claim in May of 1983. He took $13.5 million dollars worth of gold out of it. Greg Davis confirmed for me that Kenworthy is the only person known to have taken millions of dollars worth of gold out of the Superstitions. The mining claim calls it the "Big D" (named after the big D carved in the side of the mountain). Then he filled in the funnel with rubble and left it. He self-published a book about it in 1997. The book doesn't give the details of the value I just mentioned. This is hearsay from the Tin Man, who should know because Kenworthy's youngest son is his antiquities lawyer. Kenworthy passed away in 2000 and he bequeathed his money to all five sons. The wife is still alive near Los Angeles and she manages the Quest Corporation, the treasure seeking "business" that Kenworthy founded. Maybe someday, they will come out with information and documents about the discovery. (151)

This is all stuff I can't prove. I realize what I'm saying is not without controversy. I am hoping people will take what I'm saying by faith. (152)

Spanish is harder to figure out if you don't know it. (154)

I think I have exhausted every bit of information about its location. Its coordinates are approximately 111 21' 40" W and 33 27' 00" N. The minutes in the note written by Peralta may have been the exact location. It's in tract 6, Weaver's Needle Quadrangle on the Tonto National Forest Revised 1994 map. So what took so long to find it? Jacob Waltz died one month too early and he was not able to provide names for the different peaks within the mountain range. The others who found the mine were murdered or died a premature death. (159)

If you decide to go see it for yourself, please don't move anything or destroy the clues. The gold is gone. Leave them there for future generations. Leave them as memorials for a fantastic search. (160)

The Mining and Mineral Museum seems to think the Stone Maps are a hoax and oddly they seem satisfied with this answer. Some curators have said that they were done using power tools (yea, and so was the Rosetta Stone). To the best of my knowledge this is the only book that gives the entire trail of the Stone Maps, which I'm very excited about. My hope is that this book turns the Peralta Stone Maps and the Dutchman Mine from myth into history. I declare Kenworthy the discoverer of the Dutchman Mine. For those nameless ones who have found the mine, my hat goes off to you too. (160-1)

I must confess that following the Peralta Stone Maps was the most fun I've had in my whole life. I think about it every day. I got some good experience from my mentor in treasure seeking. I learned that if you want to find something, you probably can. I don't find the huge task of research overwhelming anymore. You just have to jump right in. I learned that in spite of the long search, you can't be cynical. Quitters don't win. I was right when I thought my life was going to change when I met him. Because of my research, not only did I get to seek treasure, but I was baptized and converted to Christianity, the religion of the conquistadors. Their history inspired me to read the Bible from cover to cover. I found the biggest treasure of all. I hope there's more adventures in the future. Give me clear skies and rugged mountains. (161)

Amy Michelle Mosier was born in Scottsdale in 1979. She was raised in Tucson. Her childhood memories include riding her bike and reading. At fourteen, she moved back to the Phoenix area. She attended Mesa Community College and Pima Medical Institute. For eight years she worked at a copy shop with her older sister. Her hobbies include archery, hiking and photography. Currently, she works and lives in Tempe. (Back cover)

About Seller
I started this research on the Lost Dutchman Mine as a hobby. I was a year into the project when I realized that I had a good candidate for the potential real Lost Dutchman Mine and I had a pretty good interpretation of the Peralta Stone Maps, which had not appeared in text before and one of the people with this interpretation was already dead. That's why I wrote the book plus I was a little miffed with all the misinformation often associated with the Superstition Mts. I rewrote the entire historical record of the mountains and some of the people who lost their lives trying to get rich. Many of my readers either love the book for the Indian lores, the history of Spain or they just love the treasure map interpretation. Anyways, I just work at as a shipping clerk in a pharmacy and I'm getting married in October. I also love astronomy, hiking and photography. That's my story. [From Amy Michelle Mosier's Amazon seller page]

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