The Lost Dutchman Mine is an allegedly hidden gold mine, said to be hidden somewhere out there in the superstition mountains of Arizona and is the most infamous lost mine in American history.
The mysterious Dutchman Mine is said to be located somewhere east of Phoenix, according to legend. Claimed to have been discovered in the 1800s by a German prospector named Jacob Waltz, the lost Dutchman mine is said to contain a wealth of gold.
Just after the gold rush, Waltz was said to repeatedly show up in Phoenix with notable amounts of gold, claiming that it has come from a hidden mine he’d discovered.
Researchers theorize that the mine was first excavated by Mexico’s Peralta family, then commandeered by Apaches, or simply abandoned.
After Waltz died, the apparent location of the lost dutchman mine died with him and the story fell into the myth category with no actual evidence the mine ever existed apart from the story that was shared by the gold-rich German two centuries ago.
Despite the shaky origin of this mysterious mine, many researchers and explorers have attempted to locate it, some have even lost their lives in the process.
What are your thoughts on the Lost Dutchman Mine? Do you believe it’s out there somewhere or do you think it was just the false claims of Jacob Waltz that’s led explorers and prospectors on a century-long wild goose chase? Join the discussion and let us know in the comments below.
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