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A search for sites labeled "Lost Dutchman Mine" can easily yield nearly 60,000 hits. Below are a few that I would recommend to anyone. They are well done sites on the legend, the mountains and the area with their own lists of related Web Sites.

If you can't find it here or in one of their related sites it may not yet be on the Web. The section on Arizona History is devoted to historical museums in the Phoenix area, for sites for historical research on Arizona and the Southwest see also Resources.

The Legend and Its History:

The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is another web site with both an active forum and considerable additional information -- it has an on-line collection of historic treasure maps related to the Lost Dutchman and a members photo gallery where people post their own photos from the Lost Dutchman, to hikes, to the Custer Battlefield.

Tom Kollenborn is a local historian in Apache Junction, Arizona who has researched the legend for years. One of the founders of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, he has appeared on numerous television shows as an expert on the history of the Superstition Mountains.  Highly Recommended.

The Superstition Mountains rise like a Cathar Castle out of the desert floor making a dramatic scene. The main mountain has been magnet for both Dutch Hunters and hikers - it is today a Wilderness Area - for decades.  A page devoted to primarily to the history and legend of the mountains. This site written by Tom Kollenborn is sponsored by the Apache junction Library and the Superstition Mountain Historical Society. Highly Recommended.

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Environs:

Apache Junction is the town most often associated with the legend. It sits at the base of Superstition Mountain and the Apache Trail. It is a popular tourist destination, both as a jumping off spot for the Apache Trail (a National Historic Road) and for its own attractions.

Goldfield Ghost Town Inc. a reconstructed ghost town which is built on the site of the old Goldfield Mill and the town of Youngsberg. Goldfield was a bonanza gold district where the original ore was so rich that they had to clean in out of the stamp mill with chisels because in was gumming up the mill. It is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains and Highly Recommended for a visit.

Superstition Mountain Links Page, a good site, with annotated links covering a variety of subjects from wilderness to trails to history to legends.

Tanner Computer Services maintains a page listing information on history and hiking in Central Arizona, including the Superstition Wilderness Area.

See also Attractions and Amenities

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Arizona History:

The Arizona Department of Library and Archives is composed of the State Library and the State Archives. The Archives Division identifies, collects, preserves and provides access to the historical manuscripts, government records, books and photographs of Arizona and its peoples. Here you will find old territorial records, state records and many county records, plus a most excellent staff.

The Arizona Historical Society is probably Arizona's primary private historical organization with several locations around the state. However, the main research collection is located in Tucson housing private papers, old photographs, manuscripts, etc. and another very helpful staff. There is also a fine museum. A brand new site in the Phoenix area has also been opened which also has a museum and a research collection.

The Arizona Historical Foundation, located in the main library of Arizona State University at Tempe, is a private foundation housing various private collections.

Located in Prescott, the Sharlot Hall Museum is a public/private museum. It is not only one of the largest museums in Central Arizona, but it has a fine research room housing some of Arizona's oldest records - mining claims and documents from the earliest days of Arizona. It contains Waltz's mining claims and is one of the few private museums that can be a repository for public documents too.

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley is arguably one of the finest research libraries for western American.

The Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, California houses the Braun Research Library which contains important collections of native American and western American collections, including the famous Monk Collection from Arizona. The museum is currently closed for renovation; the Braun Research Library is open by appointment.

The Huntington Library is one of the great private libraries and research facilities. It houses excellent resources on Southwestern history. To use the facility you must contact them before hand, a Readers Card is required.

The Mesa Southwest Museum is the official museum of Mesa, a neighboring community to Phoenix, and one of the oldest sites in the Salt River Valley.

The Superstition Mountain Historical Society maintains a museum on the Apache Trail (highway 89) three miles north of Apache Junction dedicated to the Superstition Mountains (fauna, flora and geology) and the legends of the Superstitions. In addition to the museum exhibits, the Society maintains a book store. Its research collection is available by appointment.

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