Bits and pieces

Hola amigos!

Just an update this time, summer is again over and the rather hectic daily routine is about wrapped up.  My apologies for not posting something for your entertainment, have been busy with other things.

I have to make a plug here for a great tribute magazine to the old Desert! mag, which always had lots of great treasure stories, natural history, photos etc of the great American southwest.  The new magazine is Dezert and in some ways is superior to the old one, better photography and great articles.  If like me, you love the southwest, I highly recommend you check it out; here is their website:

I have not been able to keep up on the various treasure forums too well, seems to be the usual patterns so it is rather difficult to have a serious treasure discussion.   One thing has struck me however that seems curious, which is the number of fellows whom are active on the treasure forums, and have NO interest in the cash value of the treasure(s) or lost mines they are seeking.  They say they are only interested in the history.   I do not understand this, for most lost mines and many treasures have little historical value, and great monetary value.   Even if a long-lost mine is found, it rarely rates more than a paragraph on a back page of a local newspaper for fame.  There are exceptions of course like Tayopa or the Lost Dutchman which are much more famous.  However I wonder if some of these fellows are not being entirely honest about their true motivation in seeking these lost treasures?   Perhaps they are and it is me that is the oddball.

Speaking of the famous Lost Dutchman gold mine, another rather surprising thing to me is that so few treasure hunters seem to be interested in the “other” lost Dutchman mines in Arizona.  There is one in the Wickenburg/Vulture area, somewhere near Vulture peak;  this mine was found in a quartz blowout, and the finder was apparently killed by Apaches.  His remains were found near Vulture peak, along with a little pile of very rich ore similar to what he had been seen selling in Wickenburg, and a small gold prospect was near by, yet this prospect had ore very different and much poorer grade so could not have been his mine.

Then there is the lost Dutchman mine up near Prescott; this German was named Youngblood, and he came from Missouri to try to make his fortune as he was in danger of losing his farm there.  After searching for quite some time, nearly destitute and utterly discouraged, he sat down on a rock in despair.  At that moment he noticed that the rock he was sitting on was white quartz loaded with gold!  Youngblood mined out a small fortune and returned to Missouri, I presume he managed to save his farm as he is later listed on the census as living there, never returned to Arizona to his mine again.

Do any treasure hunters go looking for either of these lost bonanzas?  As far as I could learn, no.   I had the pleasure of spending some time hunting for them on my last trip to the southwest, and never ran into another prospector – just hikers and deputy sheriffs who seem to have thought Mrs O and I were a couple of dangerous desperados.   I may write up an article on these mines for in my opinion a treasure hunter often has a better chance of success with a less famous, little known lost mine or treasure, than one of the famous ones which have been hunted for a century or more by many thousands of treasure hunters like the Lost Dutchman of the Superstition mountains.

rich gold ore from Colorado

roasted rich gold ore from Cripple Creek, Colorado, image borrowed from Wikipedia commons at: Just included this to get your prospector blood pumping. 🙂

Well good luck and good hunting amigos, I will try to post something interesting for you when I get back from Arizona.  I hope you find the treasures that you seek.


~ by Oroblanco on October 14, 2014.

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