In May of 2002, DesertUSA received an e-mail from a man named John Smith, claiming he had found the location of the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains area in Arizona. I suggested that he send us his story with pictures. He did, and we published his account in two parts in our June and July 2002 issues. The story got a lot of interest, but left the reader right at the edge of discovery. We used the pen name “Mr. X” for the author.
Mr Smith told the story of how he learned of the mysterious Peralta Stones, which appear to offer significant clues, in fact, a map, to the location of the fabled Lost Dutchman’s Mine of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. He tells how he spent years attempting to follow those clues, searching through rugged canyons, ledges and peaks in the mountain range, until he finally came upon a location – a high ledge near the junction of two canyons – which seemed to hold the answer to the puzzle. We are no longer in contact with Mr. Smith, and the rumor is that he died.
I have posted some the pictures Mr. Smith had sent with the online articles. The original photos were in my desk drawer when the 2007 SD wildfire swept through our offices. All were destroyed. Also lost in the fire was the computer with the e-mail record of our correspondence.
There are over 100 comments on the article, and they are still coming in. I will post most of the replies in the coming days. If you can’t wait, they are still posted online beneath the article.
To read the story click on this link.http://www.desertusa.com/mag02/june/ld1.html