As you continue to read about additional clues that relate to the “The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine”, please keep in mind we have dozens of clues that we have not yet shared with you. We will continue to discuss and show everything we can and believe me, there is a lot that will be revealed in future posts. In this post I will share three more clues from our site that will check off additional boxes from the clue list. These are clues that are physically present at our site. Again, these are vetted clues! Two of the photographs were taken on site.
Clue 19. Yes… Pot holes are present. YES! Clue nineteen may not be the most dramatic of the clues; however, it is important because there is collaborative information that states that Jacob Waltz and others talked about pot-holes being in the immediate area and that they were very near the Alpha mine. And yes pot-holes are in fact present! The photo shown, is just one in a group of several pot-holes that are present and close to the mine.
Prior to Arcana Exploration no one has, produced the amount of physical proof (our own photo’s) that we have! and we are just are getting started, with lots more to come.! Again, Clue 19 is important because it checks off yet, another box of vetted clues presented by, Arcana Exploration!
Jacob Waltz spoke mainly a German – Austrian, Bavarian blend (Julia Thomas also spoke this unique dialect), and it is very likely when he tried to explain to Julia how to find his mine, he might have said… “suchen fur opferkessels”, bitte bestehen das strudel, danke dur.”
Clue 20 – Two Tarps?
Clue. 20 yes. This image is significant because it shows the presence of human activity. While this area is not directly adjacent to the mine you can only reach this area by taking the same route that you use to get to the mine. In fact, you must pass by the mine to reach this area. We have several images of this area taken with our drones but, they must remain exclusive to our book.
It is believed there is a cave that has a two-room stone house at the entrance. It has been stated that because it is in area where rain and wind constantly beat down on this section, that tarps must be stretched across to keep the elements out. Because of the altitude and high winds, we have not been able to get our drones close enough to make a definitive assessment of exactly what is stretching across the caves opening. They are not boulders, we are sure of that, but what exactly they are we do not yet know. We have not physically been able to reach this higher elevation do to time and equipment issues. We have addressed those concerns and we will explore this area on our next trip.
This is not the cave that Waltz, and his partner stayed in, we have located that, and that is closer to the Alpha mine. We posted a photo of that cave earlier. I believe that someone may have been up there in the last 70 years and it appears that they may have put on some sort of a semi-permanent roof across the opening. After a lot of research on this area, I believe that several entities may have used this cave as a place to stay and to get out of the unpredictable and violent weather conditions. I am sure that someone has been up there, possibly in the mid – fifties, or perhaps later?
All these adjacent areas are difficult to reach. Keep in mind while they are relatively close to one another the original trail system has collapsed and it makes reaching all these platitudes extremely dangerous. A lot of the historical information on the site stated that “the path is dangerous”, and that was before the middle of the path collapsed, falling to the canyon floor. Now only part of the original path exists. Now it is a death trap.
On our Last trip we focused most of our time near the mine. For that reason, on our next trip we are going to triple our length of stay, so we can explore a much larger area.
There are a couple of other things of note about the images with the two tarps (or whatever they are?). Very close to this area we have located what appear to be as many as three mine shafts. They are, directly above the cave with the roofing or tarps. Be clear this is not the natural cave that has the Quartz pit mine in it, but an additional area on the mountain that was also mined but mined using more traditional methods.
These three tunnels are in addition to the seeker shaft dug by Waltz and the seeker shaft dug by the Mexicans to intercept below the Alfa mine. This makes sense, since it is believed that the mountain was mined in areas beside the Alfa cave mine and that unlike the Alfa’ Quartz gold matrix mix, the gold type in those area’s is of a different type.
As Waltz got older, both his partner and nephew were dead. He trusted very few people, so he mined alone. Because the Alfa mine pit went downward as a funnel and was getting extremely deep and steep, it became very dangerous to lower men down and then bring them back even with several men. It would have been imposable to mine the pit alone. It was very dangerous even for the Mexicans, who had plenty of men. That is the reason, first the Mexicans, then later the Dutchman dug seeker tunnels, trying to intercept the Alfa vain from below. The rock was extremely hard, and both the Mexicans and Waltz abandoned their attempts.
There is credible historic information, that says that Waltz had a carpenter in town build him a small dry shaker plant that he could transport on his burro. This would have been a picture framed type box with a screen. Dutch Hunters have argued for years about why he would need a shaker box, when his mine was a quartz gold matrix mix, which he would not have worked with a dry shaker box?
It makes sense, that in his later years he would mine in this manner. He no longer physically could mine the Alfa cave, however there was other gold of a different makeup, on the mountain. The tunnels higher up had no water source, it would be too difficult to haul tailings down the mountain to the spring. So, the story that he had a carpenter fashion him a dry shaker box makes sense. It had to be efficient, yet a small enough to be portable, a unit that would fit on his burro and lite enough, that an old man could carry up the mountain.
During my research, I found that there was a lot of information about additional tunnels and caves that were near the Alfa -cave mine. I never could make sense of what was what until we were on site and I could see the actual lay of the land, then things started fitting together, making sense of the historical descriptions of the area. So I will recap some of what is physically present in the area, then hopefully you can make some sense of it.
*1. – The natural cave /alfa mine *2 -a walled-up tunnel below, the Alfa mine, plus *3 – two interceptor tunnels farther down, the mountain and then above the Alfa cave mine we have what appear to be *4 – three additional tunnels (so far). And then we have above the Alfa mine to the left and across *5 – the cave (I showed this in an earlier post) that Waltz, and his partner stayed in, and then and very close by, but higher up *6 – the cave with the two tarps?, or roofs stretching across the cave? (pictured earlier in this post). Keep in mind that our goal on our next trip is further explore and vet the area. In our book I will have a map plus photos of the entire area, until then I know it may be hard to envision, the overall the lay of the land. If ever the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true it certainly is in this case.
Clue 21. Yes – Besides the Alfa pit cave mine, it has been believed that both the Mexicans and Waltz’s may have dug and mined other tunnels besides the Alfa mine This is true! It is not uncommon to mine different gold types on the same mountain, especially if the volcanic activity was extremely violent, which is true at our site. The previous photo shows a secondary tunnel near the Alfa -mine. As I have previously stated there are a lot of strange things you see in the Superstition Mountains, some are significant others are just illusions, but they all need to be vetted.
In the Super’s, truth is often stranger than fiction and sometimes you need to slap yourself in the face, taking nothing for granted. Just make sure you stay objective. The previous photo is an area we did not reach on our last trip, it is higher up the mountain and we ran out of time.
I took this photo with a 300m telephoto lens and my Sony a6500 camera. On our next trip we will defiantly reach this area. As you look at the photo, look to the right of the tunnel on the adjacent ledge. It is totally inconclusive, but it looks like there could be a small dry shaker box (frame with screen) sitting on the ledge? Whatever it is, the view is partially blocked on the left side by a small bush? I am sure it is only an illusion. It could not be from the time period of the Dutchman, the termites most likely would have eaten it by now. It is possible that with in the last 70 years or so someone else could have been up there mining with a shaker box.
The interesting thing is (as far as we can tell) there is no water source up there, so if someone was up there mining this is exactly what they would use, either way, on our next trip we will check it out. I think it is nothing, but it is interesting none the less. There are many things at our site that are undeniable, this is not one. Just thought I would share my thoughts with you.
In the next post I we reveal one of our most significant discoveries, the real El Sombrero. I will discuss at length El Sombrero and Weavers Needle (the red herring), and their significance. After a lot of consideration, I have decided that in the next Post I will show and image of the true “El Sombrero (the, hat)”.
For the first time ever, Arcana Exploration, will reveal the Mexicans hat!… the true, “El Sombrero”! Next Post! Also included in the next post I will discuss the Peralta Priest – Witch Stone. We know the true meaning of the Witch Stone!
Following the next post (El Sombrero post), I will offer up the most important clue to date! I will discuss the trail marker signs that we have discovered at our site. These trail markers have been chiseled into rocks and boulders. They are vivid and deep, not just some faint hard to make out, half worn away scratches. Their purpose, and intent are undeniable. After much consideration I have decided to share an actual photo of one of the chiseled trail marker signs. The photo will shock a lot of Dutch-Hunters, I am sure. It shocked us.