The Lost Dutchman Mine

Peralta Stone Maps - Codes - Symbols - Formulas - Page 2

The intriguing search for gold mines and buried treasures has been going on for over 100 years in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona -- will the mystery ever be solved?

The Peralta stone maps were found by Travis Tumlinson, a police officer from Hood River, Oregon around about 1954. Travis Tumlison and family were returning from a vacation in Texas. They stopped beside the highway between Florence Junction and Apache Junction, Arizona. Travis had strolled only a few feet from the car when he noticed the protruding corner of what we now call the "witch map". At first the stone appeared to be the corner of a brick. Upon close scrutiny and after digging out the stone he observed the Spanish writing there-on.

The Tumlinsons spent the winter in Hood River in much anxiety awaiting the next vacation. The vacation came and they spent this one in Arizona. After some trial and error the Tumlinsons found the no.2, no.3 and no.4 stone maps. After several years of fruitless search and after Travis Tumlinson passed away. His widow Aileen Tumlinson sold the stone maps for $1,200 to Moel, Inc. The four stone maps were taken by members of Moel, Inc. to a Prof. Dana of the University of Redlands, Redlands CA. Prof. Dana gave them a letter of authentication stating that the carving on the stones was definitely over 100 years old. These origianl Peralta Stone Maps are currently on display at the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, AZ.

It is believed that the letter of authentication coupled with many logical explanations of the maps which are contained in this article, will prove beyond doubt that some of the stories of old are fact, not fiction. We can definitely believe a good portion of the stories concerning Apache Gold, The Lost Dutchman and the adventures of the Peralta family in these great hills of Arizona.

It is not the intentions of the writer to imply that the following study and explanation of the maps is entirely correct. It is doubtful that we shall ever come to a full understanding of all that they originally intended to convey. This will be virtually impossible due to the fact that treasure hunters in past years have destroyed most of the trail markers. It is supposed that the idea was to prevent anyone else from following the trail and eventually finding the cache.

Certain codes, symbols and formulas have been broken and with certainly the area at the trails end is now known. With actual ground observation and follow through, it is hoped that the greatest mystery of modern day treasure hunting will be solved.

This information was discovered by DesertUSA several years ago at a collector's garage sale of old books and notes. We present it here for our readers' information. It contains clues, symbols and formulas pertaining to the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Explanation of Symbols

1. The as such is used some six times in the four maps. The cross has some religious connections or affiliations but mostly it is used to show the burial place of the stones, to signify a certain map, to point to certain other symbols or to show a crossing of lines


2. The "witch" figure is believed to represent in some respects weavers needle because of sharp pointed hat and the name El Sombrero as called by early Spanish.

3. The numbers. 1,2,3,4 as represented on the witch map are the numbers designating the four maps by certain nos. The "witch" & "horse" maps being the no. 1 map, no. 2 & 3 being the magnified map area and no. 4 being the heart shaped stone.

4. The symbols as used in connection with the no. on the witch map are used to signify from one object to another.

5. The symbol is used to designate the center of or the main point of interest. This symbol is used 9 times through out all of the maps. It is not used to designate mountain tops as thought by many.

6. The 8-N-P is lightly scratched on the stone map showing that it was one of the last carvings. The symbols were used to point the direction from location of the"witch" map to maps nos. 2,3 &4. This was actually done by Tumlinson with success. This particular symbol should have no bearing on part of maps.

7. The symbol is used to designate or closed mine shaft or sealed mine entrance. Some have interpreted the symbol as representative of weavers needle which was called El Sombrero in the days of the Spaniards.

8. The as shown in the word map points to the fact that the point of interest is in the map. Also we find that this symbol is 10 degrees of level and is pointed to by the cross held by the figure.

9. The symbol as shown under the Spanish wording on the witch map is to draw attention to the word coazon which is misspelled. Some believe the word was misspelled on purpose, but to the contrary. _____This symbol is very lightly scratched in as though the mistake was noticed after the other much more deeply carvings were made. It is simply to draw attention to the word which was intended to mean heart but which means nothing as it is spelled on the stone for there is no such Spanish word a coazon. The letter M scratched in right after the heart with pointing arrow means map or heart of map.

10. Sonora Mex. as carved on the stones simply mean that the place of the maps or map area is part of Sonora, Mex. as was all of that southern portion of Arizona including the Phoenix area. This all being a portion of the old Spanish Land Grant to the Peralta family.

11. The wording on the witch map. Means This trial is dangerous 1 go 18 places Look for the map --- ----the heart

12. The word Rio as shown on the horse map brings attention to the area of the 5 .... the 5 mountain tops which are located north of the Gila River. This fact is proven by the fact and spacing of the five dots which are also represented in the more magnified map shown on # 2 & 3 stones as being the map area. The 5 mountain tops also being a very important past of zeroing in on the heart or main point of interest. The words Yo Pasto Al Norte Del Rio has been misinterpreted by many north of the Salt River which can not be so. The Horse map outlines two areas. The spot where the stones were buried and later found and the river area north of the Gila River which was the first river of importance you would encounter coming north From Mexico. Remembering also, that the Queen Creek area is north of the river. (Gila River)


horse map


13. El Cobollo De Santa Fe which means the horse from Santa Fe. We understand that in the old days this salutation to a friend meant "good luck on the trail". This could and probably does have the same application here. In other words good luck in following the trail and finding the treasures at the end of the trail. We know also that there are many meanings involved in the carving of the horse map as to certain areas. As to what they all are at present we can only speculate. Some may never been known as they were intended to be known.

14. Pedro is the name of one of the Peralto family. He was believed to be the oldest son and a mining engineer. We can also believe with some assurance that he was the author of all the stone maps. The name Pedro appears carved near a dot or hole in the Horse map which may be the name of a particular mine or point of interest.

15. The letter E means east which bears out from the location of the burial of the maps and the outline of Queens Creek in relation to East and West. The letter E does not mean that the heart or map area is east of where the stones were found.

16. The no. 3 as it appears on maps have two meanings either there is 3 of some- thing or the 3 points of interest symbols which are shown on the horse map or it can mean reverse your direction or you have gone too far.

17. Don as shown on one of maps denotes one of title in regards to spanish nobility. In the burial of these stones the "Don" was placed toward the top of the ground. It therefore was badly eroded and faded.

18. The large on the no. 2 stone was buried on the bottom side and was kept in very good shape, a contrast to that of #3 stone and the word "Don". The cross was here used to signify this particular stone or part of the maps also used to signify the burial and hiding place of the stones.

19. The R as shown on the large map means and represents the Salt River. It is not to be confused as being the missing R from the word Coazon or confused with the word Rio on the maps which has a different meaning.

The Witch Map ( also called the Priest Map) deals mostly with symbols and angles, where as the Horse Map On the reverse side deals with area and location also some symbols.


priest map drawing


No. 1 The 8-N-P as shown on the map are of no significance in deciphering the map as they were used to locate no. 2,3 &4 maps.

No. 2 The as held by the witch figure is pointing at the located in the word Mapa and is at an exact 10 degree.

No. 3 The as shown on the right of the map is purely to designate the fact that the intended word for heart was mis-spelled and it points to this fact. The -M beside the heart designates map. (Heart of the Map) The carving of the are very lightly scratched in the stone showing that this was an after thought, after discovery of the misspelled word.

No. 4 The 1847 is not a date nor was it meant to be as so many have believed.


Horse map


No. 1 denotes location of actual site where the four Peralto stone were found, which is Queens Creek where the Apache Junction to Florence Junction crosses.

No. 2 is the symbol found on all the maps near the upper or northern most point of interest symbol

No. 3 ...Pedro ( the name is under the 3 )is the name of one of the Peralta family and probably denotes a main point of interest.

No. 4 We have two scenes ( upper right) shown in this map which shows a large general area. The 5 shown north of the Rio is area in general, area and 5 mountain tops north of Gila River. The other scene is the Queen Creek.

Continued -- Go to Part 3

DesertUSA Staff

Lost Dutchman Mine: Part 1
Lost Dutchman Mine: Part 3

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