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Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Superstition Mountain Museum

Just wanted to Re-post with this comment from the Museum.

Ricky Peterson has left a new comment on your post "The Superstition Mountain Museum": Very informative post.

Superstitious Mountain lies to the east of Apache Junction Arizona. You can meet the mountain lions, amphibian forms, black bears, bobcats, coyote and javelina while visiting Superstition Mountain. It is cruel play area with tortuous highs and lows in temperature. In the months of September to June climate is reasonably moderate. Dont fail to visit deserted ghost towns, chronological museums and hiking tracks. You can enjoy activities like fishing, boat rides in Verde River, Canyon and Saguaro lakes. For more details refer Superstitious Mountain
Lost Dutchman Mine Legend - Apache Junction, Arizona

Lost Dutchman AZ Guides
Geological AZ History
Natural History AZ Legends
Native American AZ Field Guides
Military Lost Dutchman Books
Elvis Chapel Cowboy Humor Books
Apacheland Barn Children Books
About Us Elvis Chapel Shirt
Location Etched Bricks
Events Marquees

The Superstition Mountain Museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region.

Perhaps nowhere in the entire United States is there an area full of legend, history and intrigue as the rugged 160,000 acre Superstition Mountain range in Central Arizona.

Archeological evidence indicates that people were here some 9000 years ago. Later inhabitants included the Salado, Hohokam and Apache Indians, followed by Spanish explorers and Mexican Gold Miners. Early American trappers and adventurers migrated to the area and were soon followed by cattlemen and farmers. Eventually, the U.S. Cavalry was sent in to establish forts to protect this rapidly population.

As modern times approached, men and women began searching for what they believed was the richest gold mine in the world. This mine was made famous by Jacob Waltz, known as "the Dutchman", who took the secret of "his mine" to the grave in 1891.

Even today, treasure hunters scour the mountains searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine, but now they share the region with campers, hikers, horseback riders and conservationists in what has officially become the Superstition Wilderness Area.

The Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum is located 3½ miles NE of Apache Junction at 4087 N. Apache Trail.. Get a feeling of what the ol' west was really like back at the turn of the century. The museum has a variety of exhibits and is open 364 days a year.
This 20 stamp ore crusher, was donated in 1989 by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jones of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Twenty eight days were required for five men to disassemble and move the mill to Apache Junction, Arizona. This mill was state of the art technology for recovering gold in the 1800s.

Rare, historical, surviving equipment of this nature today, can be counted on one hand, let alone in such great condition.

Exhibits : Lost Dutchman Geological Natural History Native American Military Elvis Chapel Apacheland Barn

Book Store : AZ Legends Lost Dutchman Field Guides Cowboy Humor Children's AZ History

The Lost Dutchman Goldmine Museum - Superstition Wilderness - Apache Junction Arizona