This isn’t the most clear picture
w/ my shaky hands an inexpensive camera
You;ll have to give this some thought
origin and type of rock
Is a bit anomaly in buttes…?
Glad you brought the cards into the thread Dave
For this tale that hasn’t been told yet--- in this intriguing thread.
It concerns how Jacob Waltz rediscovered
the Lost Dutchman Goldmine…mostly
So roll up a rock, sit a spell and I'll spin the tale
Ya see back in 1853 Jacob Waltz (and Jacob Weiser) were down in old Mexico prospecting, of coarse.
They happened unto a high stake card game.
Waltz noticed that the dealer was cheating an old padre who was sitting in the game .
Waltz & Weiser intervened.
Its not sure if bloodshed happened.
But long knives & pistola’s were pulled.
Putting an end to a crooked game.
After that ruckus it just so happened
that one of the players being cheated was none other than that good padre Don Miguel Nemecio Silva de Peralta de la Córdoba the III.
The same Spanish Peralta, who's descendant from Mexico in 1644,
were mining a rich gold vein in the Superstition Mountains.
In what then called the Primo Alta.
That what the Arizona territory was known as to the Spaniards at that time.
Not sure what the Hohokams called it besides home.
The famous Massacre of 1644 occurred in those mountain involving the indigenous natives .
At least 200 miners met their fate from an ambush.
The miners were driving a 20 Mule team
heavily leaden with leather bags of rich with gold ore
heading to one of their arrasta.
Tales told by later miners surveying the Massacre Trailhead
have found human bones, old deteriorated leather satchel bags & some rocks.
Surprisingly no mule bones.
The Superstition Mountains are sacred to the natives.
Not the gold-- but the mountains--- so that how the tale is told.
I have certain reservations on that theory.
Anyways an ever grateful Don Miguel Nemecio Silva de Peralta de la Córdoba the III
(being saved by Jacob Waltz & his Buddy Weiser),
endowed those 2 chaps with a trail map to that gold vein!
That was the only surviving document from the few survivor of the massacre.
No miners had dared ventured north into Primo Alta after the 1644 Massacre.
For those mountains are cursed.
What Waltz and Weiser did with map is the stuff of further legends...
Are the Peralta Stone Tablet faithful reproduction
just a fraudulent engravings
James Addison Peralta-Reavis,
the so-called Baron of Arizona?