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Pima County, Arizona

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  • The La Esmerelda Mine, worked by Papago Indians under the direction of Spanish Padres, is the resting place of the fabulous treasures of San Xavier del Bac Mission.

     

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  • The location of the cache of mission treasures from the Tumacacori Mission is said to be located in the Santa Rita Mountains, and can be seen when peering through two wholes in the mission's east and west walls. 

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • The Iron Door Mine, location of the riches of Father Silvestre Velez de Escalante's mission, is located somewhere in the Santa Rita Mountains.

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • In a little canyon in the foothills of the Tascosa Mountains (known as Carreta Canyon), a mine is the resting place of many Spanish mission treasures, hidden during the Indian uprising of 1751.

     

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  • The Lost Morales Mine, belonging to two brothers (Juan and Fermin Morales) is located somewhere in the Cerro Colorado Mountains, near "The Black Princess."

     

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  • John Clark's Lost Mine is located somewhere in the Cerro Colorado Mountains. He worked it for many years, until the Civil War when he went back east where he died.

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • De Estine Sheperd's Lost Mine is located somewhere in the mountains southwest of Arivaca. 

     

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  • An Irish mercenary (Patrick O'Donahue, who later became known as Pedriac Odonoju), who fought for the Spanish, was granted 60,000 acres in the area west of Organ Pipe National Monument. He was killed by an Apache raid, and his hacienda burned. The wealth of his hacienda is said to be located somewhere around the remains of the hacienda.

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • Approximately $41,000 of a $50,000 holdup is said to be buried near the scene of the holdup, which was in a small mountain pass between Cortaro and Silver Bell.

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • A basin floor, between Gunsight and Clarkston, is said to be littered with a large number of rocks, that are rich in silver. 

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • The Lost Sopori Mine is said to be located in the northern end of the Cerro Colorado Mountains, near the ruins an adobe smelter and crude arrastre.

     

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  • A large cache of gold and silver was supposedly buried in one corner of an old adobe building on the Sopori Ranch site.

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • A large, earthen pot known as an Olla, filled with gold nuggets, is said to be buried at the sight of a Apache massacre of Mexicans, near a place called Moivavi by the Papago Indians (who witnessed the attack) and otherwise known as Ajo.

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • The Baboquivari Mountains has a small canyon, where a two pools of cool water was used by Soldiers pursuing Indians. One of the pools contained gold nuggets, many of which were gathered later by deserting soldiers. The soldiers were later found dead or dying and the pool was never relocated.

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  •  $70,000 of silver bullion, stolen from the Cerro Colorado Mine, is said to be buried on the slope of Cerro Colorado facing the mine.

     

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona

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  • Within the Rincon Mountains, a cave with several mule loads of gold ore, mined by the Spanish and stolen by Apaches (they were after the horses and mules) remains unrecovered.

     

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  • A "treasure vault" built by Spanish Jesuits is the resting place of a great quantity of gold mined from the Escalante Mine. When the Jesuits escaped from the area during an Indian raid, they did not have time to recover it.

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    Guide to Treasure in Arizona


  • Montezuma's Head is thought to be the cache point of Montezuma's Treasure.

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    Lost Mines & Buried Treasures Along the Old Frontier

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