This prospector claims he knows the where abouts of the Lost Dutchman goldmine. Wild Bill has hunted for the mine for 50 years and says he knows the locationOne of the best treasure tales in the history of the American West is the Lost Dutchman Mine. Shrouded in mystery, the mine is not only allegedly rich in gold, but is also said to have a curse upon it, leading to a number of strange deaths, as well as people who mysteriously go “missing” when they attempt to locate the old mine.

For more than 120 years, the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine has been told over and over, growing in proportions to such an extent that some claim the entire legend is nothing but a myth. But for thousands of others, the mine and its legends are extremely real, hidden in the forbidding peaks of the Superstition Mountains.

“Real” or not, the haunting tales endure, continuing to draw prospectors to the Superstition Mountains today, and making the story one of the most famous lost treasure tales of all time.

East of Phoenix, Arizona is the Superstition Mountain range, more commonly referred to by locals, as the “Superstitions.” Standing majestically at the forefront of this rough terrain is Superstition Mountain, a 3,000-foot high monolith, which seemingly stands guard over the rest of its territory.Long before gold was found in these ragged cliffs and mesas, the area has been cloaked in mystery. When the Spanish arrived in 1540, the region was inhabited by the Apache Indians, who considered Superstition Mountain to be sacred ground, as it was home to their Thunder God. Led by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the conquistadors cared little about the Apache customs or beliefs, wanting only to find the legendary “Seven Golden Cities of Cibola.”

Learning from the Apache, that the range did, in fact, hold gold, the Spaniards were intent upon exploring the area. The Apache; however, refused to help them, telling them that if they dared to trespass on the sacred ground, the Thunder God would take revenge upon them, causing tremendous suffering and horrible deaths. The Indians called Superstition Mountain the “Devil’s Playground.”

But the Spaniards were determined and began to explore. Almost immediately, men began to mysteriously vanish, to the point that warnings were given to never stray more than a few feet away from the rest of the group. Still, more men disappeared only to be found dead later, their bodies mutilated and their heads cut off.

In fear, the conquistadors finally fled, refusing to return to the mountain, which they dubbed Monte Superstition. The legends had begun.A century and a half later, having heard of the rich gold to be found in the Superstitions, Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino, whose objective was to establish missions and Christianize the savages, was lured by the tales. In the first decade of the 1700’s, he began to explore the region, finding several sources of gold. Though it is not known if he found the fabled Dutchman’s Mine, his forays did produce the coveted shining metal, adding more fuel to the legend of gold in the Superstitions. However, these expeditions further enraged the Apache, who then began to prey on all trespassers.

Apache Before the Storm, Edwards S. Curtis, 1906
Apache Before the Storm, Edwards S. Curtis, 1906

In 1748, the Superstitions, as well as some 3,750 square miles of what is now Arizona, were given to Mexican cattle-baron, Don Miguel Peralta of Sonora, in a land grant.

The land not only contained a rich gold mine, but also several silver mines. This was the first official recording of the mine’s existence. For the next century, the Peralta family and their laborers would make infrequent forays into Arizona bringing out loads of ore. Aware of the Apache’ displeasure, they kept these mining trips at a minimum, not wanting to risk the ferocious Apache’s ire.

However, in 1846, four descendants of the original grant, Enrico, Pedro, Ramon, and Manuel Peralta, decided to make another foray into Arizona, risking not only the “curse,” but also the wrath of the Apache.

They soon returned to Sonora, laden with gold and planning another trip. The next year, with the Mexican War in full swing, Pedro was the only one willing to return to Arizona, determined to extract as much gold as possible before their holdings became part of the United States. In the meantime, the Apache were angry at the intrusion upon their sacred grounds. When the Peralta miners heard that the Apache might attack, they packed up, concealed the entrance to the mine, and with burros and wagons laden with gold, began to make their way back to Mexico in the winter of 1847-1848.

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  1. Mathew Moreno on April 30, 2020 at 1:06 pm


  2. Chuck Bodnar on April 30, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    this guy has been in the sun way to long

  3. Debra Ann Castro on April 30, 2020 at 1:07 pm


  4. Canadian cryptids Canada's beasts on April 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Haha the only thing he could find is the nearest liqor store

  5. MrJojogun on April 30, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    You sure , you want to trust any Militia with the whereabouts of your Gold , Bill?

  6. Alexas Machine on April 30, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    They will take it, it’s safe where it is at.

  7. Richard Magsig on April 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm


  8. karlkelly01 on April 30, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Im getting him drunk he dnt need the money 

  9. Morgan Page on April 30, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    The Only Way to get it out is the government

  10. john mitchell on April 30, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    In my opinion, his Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is trying to figure out where he hid his last bottle of whiskey ! Senile Dept. is down the hall and to your right !

  11. David Atyeo on April 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    This is a false tale spread by a man who is coming the end of his life, cause even if the state get’s the gold you as a finder of it will get 10%. and be in the history books for ever. So if their is a 100 million you would get 10 mill? Plus you don’t have to do any of he work extracting it and could walk away with millions. So I highly doubt If he dose now where it is, yes he probably knows location’s of abandoned mine’s but not the lost Dutch  mans mine, show us some gold oh wait you can’t cause you are a liar

  12. clinton jackson on April 30, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    ya right

  13. Jerry Flores on April 30, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    your meth up

  14. akaredcrossbow on April 30, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    There are people that will help you with all of it. It’s better to share now before your dead. So what does it matter if you found it or not if your not going to try. Your a old drunk and someone will take you out for your mouth. Nice to know if I was going to find you that I should shoot first old man.

  15. Austin Cadle on April 30, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    I’m coming to rob yku

  16. Show Me What You Got on April 30, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    So basicly this guys is wandering the hills murdering people he sees around some area he imagines is his gold mine.

  17. Frank Ybarra on April 30, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Wild Bill has found it . Lets help him bring it out and give him his due!.

  18. john F on April 30, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    May be a Nother bottle of Jack Daniels would help you get it out…..

  19. Fred Kickingbird on April 30, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    You got to a say s.o.b like Jackie Gleason.

  20. TheseusTitan on April 30, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    The government doesn’t charge tax on gold… or at least they used to not charge if you buy coinage

  21. Ray R Jr Huber on April 30, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    He probably can’t find his ass with both hands.

  22. Gavin Herbert on April 30, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Give him another bottle and send him to bed !!!

  23. JIM Grier on April 30, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    THERE IS NO MINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Patriot marine 1 on April 30, 2020 at 1:55 pm


  25. Don Gray on April 30, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    don’t be like that mild bill you got a purdy mouth boy,what’s say me and you go have another Jack and Coke ,I know you getting lonely fifty years down yonder in the canyon ,maybe that’s why you’re so angry did one one of them miners run up in your Canyon. you lying sack a donkey poop you ain’t found no damn gold mine get your drunk ass to the house and lay down somewhere your ass is so old and out of shape if you slip up and fart your break your back damn thanks for the giggles pops. normally I probably wouldn’t make fun of you ,but I don’t appreciate being called no son of a b**** my mama was a good woman.yours might have been okay to,but she damn sure should have taught you better manners.

  26. Mattinglis81 Taylor on April 30, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    old fool broken dreams.

  27. magprob on April 30, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I’m at your mine right now. We are taking the gold. We will be gone before you can form a posse. C-YA!

  28. NS RP on April 30, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    So where is it?

  29. George Turner on April 30, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Finally, a real American 🙂 I didn’t think they existed anymore.

  30. brian massey on April 30, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I feel for you Wild Bill because I know you have gone through a war yourself trying to find it and to be a gentleman about it without the government trying to claim it as there’s. In my eyes dude you’re a hero because you’ve done something that few people have never been able to do and that’s to find the lost Dutchman gold mine because only a hand full of people over time have been able to find it and you know exactly where it is. To me you’re a hero man.I’ve done soo many years of research on the lost Dutchman myself and tried to find the answers to where it resides.

  31. Biggus Dickus on April 30, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    fucking bullshit…

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