Jacob Waltz: The Lost Dutchman

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There are many tales about the Superstition Mountains.  These mountains are the setting of legends based on some facts and some exaggeration. Some of these stories make people chuckle and others tell of mysteries not yet solved.  Hi, my name is Campbell, and I will tell you about one of the most famous tales-Jacob Waltz and the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine.  

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First, let me tell you some facts about the Superstition Mountains and Jacob Waltz.  The Superstition Mountains are 1,708 square miles.  People mine in the Superstition Mountains because they think there is a lot of gold.  It is believed that Jacob Waltz is one of those people.  Jacob Waltz was born in Germany around 1810.  He  came to America from Germany around 1839 and to the area that is now Apache Junction around 1872.  There is very little factual information about when he was young. Today, we know facts about Jacob Waltz because of papers found with his name on it.  Waltz was great at spreading false information and this caused some of the legends. The reason why he spread information is because he didn’t want anybody finding his gold mine.  

A picture of the Superstition Mountain from our school.  They usually don't have snow on them!

A picture of the Superstition Mountain from our school. They usually don’t have snow on them!

According to Jim Swanson, a local historian, “Many people tried to follow the old prospector to his mine in the Superstitions, which is known as the Lost Dutchman Mine, but Jacob managed to escape them all,” said Mr. Swanson.  People today don’t know the exact locations of where Jacob Waltz found his gold (due to his stories),  but there are a lot of theories and stories going around.  

What stories could you make up if you had a treasure of gold to hide?


Legend of the Lost Dutchman

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Mysterious events, creatures hidden among cracks and crevices, unforgiving terrain, and the thunder god watching over those who seek the gold.  All of these help describe the mysteries of the Superstition Mountains.  Our school is nestled amongst the foothills of this mysterious mountain and the Peralta Trailhead, and is home of the Legend of the Lost Dutchman.  

The picture below shows us in front of the mountains. They are shrouded in clouds.

 

 

 

We are fortunate to have such a famous location just outside our window.  

 

 

 

 

Watch our video for more facts and legends about this magnificent mountain.

Do you think their is a lost gold mine in the Superstition Mountains?  Let us know what you think.

Mrs. Fraher’s Class