'There's still gold in there': Lost Dutchman Gold Mine legend continues

"There's still gold in there": Lost Dutchman Gold Mine legend continues

"I personally and am absolutely convinced that it exists, somewhere deep in the heart of Superstition Mountain," said Clay Worst, one of the founders of the Superstition Mountain Society. "It is not a myth, that sucker is back there, it really is."

Clay Worst has hiked the Superstition Mountain for more than 65 years in search of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. In between that time, he also was president of the society, which was founded in 1980, for eight years. 

The mine is named after Jacob Waltz who supposedly discovered it in the 19th century, but took the secret location to his deathbed.

Year after year, people still search for the most famous mine in American history from all over the world, but many have died in search.

According to records, Weavers Needle has played a big role in the legend of the Lost Dutchman. It is said the Needle, a rock formation in the Superstition Mountain, is a marker for where the gold is hidden. 

In fact, there are still people who are actively searching for the gold, according to another founder of the society, 96-year-old George Johnston. Johnston says that the youngest person he knows who still searches for the gold is about 70 years old. 

About five years ago, three men from Utah went in search for the mine, but died from heat exhaustion, according to Ranger Diana from the Lost Dutchman State Park. 

Their bodies weren't found until 6 months later, after being reported missing.

The Superstition Mountain is closed to mineral entry, but people can still go and hike. What this means is, people who are searching for the gold can no longer file a mining claim if they were to find something. 

"You can't put a shovel to the ground back there anymore," said Worst. 

With over 100,000 people that visit the Superstition Mountain a year, many of those people are tourists who are just curious to know about the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine.

"A lot of people come here for our campsites or the hiking trails and they become intrigued with the legend because they hear so much about it," said Ranger Diana. 

Clay is positive that there's still gold in the mountain and and there are many clues that unfortunately, he himself will not dare to share.

"We have found a great deal back there, enough to convince me that the story that the Dutchman told on his deathbed was not a fabrication," said Worst. 

George Johnston also mentions how millennials are certainly gaining interest in the legend and we asked him why he think that is, he said, "gold, why else!" 
 

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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