Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 25, 1963 · Page 16
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September 25, 1963

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 16

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1963 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1963 Many Think So Do Superstition Mountains Really Conceal Mine? WINTERIZE your car NOW! you set the protection point... GUARANTEED INSTALLATION By MURRAY SINCLAIR (than TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) - A U.S forest ranger who spent 10 years move any of the treasure because crisscrossing the hostile Super- it is too well guarded, stition Mountains doesn't say the One story is that the mine is legendary Lost Dutchman gold guarded by pygmies who kill all mine is a myth — but he doesn't who come to steal their wealth. believe a single pound of gold ha: ever been taken from the area Randolph Riley, now a member have been fired upon by unseen of the Coronado National Forest gunmen, and that many persons staff, says he's made 18 to 20 have been shot while searching trips with Forest Service mineral for the mine, examiners into the area where most people search for the Lost Dutchman. "All we found was plain country rock," he says. No one knows how many men lost their lives in the search for the mysterious mine. Some have spent their life savings trying to organize elaborate expeditions to see the fabled gold. Yet poorly equipped men with insufficient supplies who know nothing about prospecting and less about the wilderness continue to trudge into the mountains, with hope in their hearts and worthless maps hidden in their packs. Riley says he crossed the mountains repeatedly without being fired upon by the mysterious gunmen or gold-crazy prospectors. "I was known to just about everyone in there," he says. "They knew it was me coming when they saw my sorrel horse and red mule. "I don't know how many men died a violent death looking for the mine while I was there. But during 1959, my last year, there vere three men killed by gunfire alone. All were killed because of The Superstitions rise out of a hostile desert within eyesight of Phoenix. They are rugged and dangerous, even for the experienced. Rattlesnakes and Gila Monsters abound in the waterless canyons. Surface temperatures of 160 degrees are frequent throughout the summer. First Found There are dozens of stories about the origination of the mine. The most romantic says it was found by a Mexican lover fleeting the wrath of his sweetheart's fa ther. Don' Miguel Peralta, this story goes was a wealthy Mexican land owner. He assumed his daughter would marry into her class. But the girl loved a handsome Spaniard who worked in the vineyards. As the father erected a scaffold for his execution, the boy fled into the arid lands to the north. Two trackers followed close behind. Days later Peralta's men saw the boy disappear into the Superstitions. They knew this was where the Apaches had ambushed and slaughtered hundreds of Pimas and Maricopas. Evil spirits lurked in the mountains, and they would not enter. So they waited. A week latei the boy staggered out. He was almost dead from thirst. But in his arms he clutched rocks. It was gold, he told them, pure gold Bring the saddle bags, he plead ed. Fill them with nuggets. Then perhaps, Don Peralta would spare his life. In the shadow of a spire of a rock shaped like a needle he snowed them a hole. Nuggets by the dozen spread over the ground Above, a vein of fabulously rich ore disappeared into the rock. They filled their saddle bags But on the way back to Mexico the boy and one tracker mel death. The other tracker surviv ed and reached home. He describ ed the fantastic wealth to be founc in the Superstitions, and where it was located. Men have been searching for it ever since. Dutchman's Gold Jacob Waltz, or Wolz — the Dutchman — said he found it. Certainly there was such a man. Apparently he made secret trips into the Superstitions, and invariably came out with pieces of rich ore. But many doubt that he ever found the mine, or gold, in the Superstitions. Where he got the ore he brought out is a matter of conjecture. In 1950 a Los Angeles woman claimed she had found the mine. She asked the Interior Department's bureau of land management how to go about laying claim to it. The woman has spent much time in the Superstitions since that time, but as far as is known has never brought out any gold. Another Arizona man said that he had found the mine and that it contained 21 tons of gold — more hat mine." The ranger said he frequently j CHURCH SCHOOL SLANT came across screwballs who were PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) searching for the mine. Sister M. Madeleva, retired! "I can't understand t h es ei pres jd en t St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, told a meeting! here she would favor doing with all Roman Catholic said, he will never attempt to re- This is probably fiction. B improvements such as roads or cabins are prohibited. Even so, Riley continually found little shacks stuck in out - of - the - way canyons. Improving Trails Riley, a veteran of 30 years the Forest Services, believes it is not oa . fiction that searchers ^ere is great potential wealth in the Superstitions — in sight-seeing and camping possibilities. "The Forest Service is rehabilitated trails in the Superstitions at the present time. This is beautiful, stark country. In the spring the mountains are magnificent. "And the mountains are at their best when most tourists are in Arizona, in the winter and spring. The summer is miserable." As the Forest Service improves the trails, unquestionably more people will go into the mountains. And it seems a safe good many of them some kind of posed to show jof the Lost Dutchman. bet that will carry map that is sup- the exact location j»s ' YJI , • /V-* 'K(,^4^""" I M -\\ < ..->>.^!>%££• \o V* et> 4 * e ^c* m AO* ^ ;'^ et 0 Y tfv© OX ;>" L0CO *& & people," he went on. "They go in- o the mountains loaded down vith guns and ammunition, but ake only enough grub and water o last two days. "They don't even know what ;old looks like. And they certain- y don't know how to take care of themselves in a wilderness. "That is all a wilderness area up there, 200 square miles of some of the most rugged and rough country you'll ever see. "Yet I bet every foot of it has been walked over by someone looking for that mine." In a Forest Service- designated wilderness area any man - made away parochial schools if the resources could be translated into better church colleges. Such a shift of emphasis, she said, would improve the chances for Christianizing the world. NEW HOURS! EFFECTIVE OCT. 1 Daily 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Friday 8 A.M.-3 P.M. 5 P.M.-7:30 P.M. Godfrey State Bank Member F. D. I. C. MONTICELLO PLAZA NOW ...Whatever Degree You Want! ,\ May We Serve You ... And 1 our Car? PAUL WEESE WEESE CONOCO SERVICE BY-PASS AND HUMBERT RD.—ALTON More people qualify for LARGER LOANS AT WHATEVER YOU DO . . to do your UM 101 W. 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