Dude, Where’s My Mine?
The Wild West in America is a vast area and has plenty of the elusive treasures lost to legend. The land has been the subject of many a treasure hunter looking to find the lost treasures buried beneath the lands in the fertile lands to the great West.
Over the centuries, there have been many legends about lost treasures hidden in the Wild West with the most profitable being considered to be the lost mines of the Wild West. Here is a look at the top 3 lost gold mines of Wild West legend that have enticed explorers and seekers of lost treasures for centuries but have never been found.
The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine
The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is at the very top of the list of top lost gold mines of Wild West legend. According to the legend, it is a very rich gold mine which resides somewhere hidden within the southwestern parts of the country. Its location is not exactly known but it is rumored to be somewhere within either the Superstition Mountains which is near the Apache Junction on the eastern side of Phoenix, Arizona.
This mine takes on its name after a German immigrant who went by the name of Jacob Waltz. It is the most famous of the lost gold mines of Wild West legend and also the most sought after in American history.
It has enticed countless people to go out in the search for the treasures it holds with some even having died in their quest. Some 8,000 people each year try to find it. And not just crackpots: former attorney general of Arizona Bob Corbin was one of the many mine-seekers.
The Lost Cement Mine
Next on the list of top lost gold mines of Wild West legend is the Lost Cement Mine. According to the legend, the Lost Cement Mine was found by a couple of men who got separated from their group when they were crossing the Sierra. Near the headwaters of the Owen River, the two men found what was some hard igneous rock that had a lot of gold within it. One of these two men kept the rock that he had found from that place.
The man was dying of tuberculosis a few years down the road and he paid the doctor who was treating him by giving him the rock and telling him the rough location of where they had found the rock.
The Lost Dutch Oven Mine
The Lost Dutch Oven Mine was situated somewhere in the state of California. There are a lot of versions of the story that led to the legend of the Lost Dutch Oven Mine but the most commonly acknowledged legend is that of Tom Schofield.
He was a railroad worker that went off on his own during the job to do a bit of prospecting for gold mines. His search led him to the Clipper Mountains in the northwestern part of Essex where he found an old abandoned house from which he continued onwards. The trail led him to end up at a split boulder through which he found an old Spanish camp and through his search of the camp he found an old Dutch Oven or rather, he tripped over the Dutch Oven which fell over releasing a lot of gold nuggets.
He took back as much as he could back with him but when he came back around to get more, he could not even find the path he was on let alone the gold mine.