Category Archives: Stories and Legends

Arizona – The Origin of the Name

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Arizona has a rich history and a diverse landscape, but of all of the events our state has been a witness to, what inspired the name? The fact is no one really knows for sure, but there are several theories. … Continue reading

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The Old Spanish Gold Mine – Part 6 Answering the Big Questions!

So stories and timelines and everything else aside what does all of this mean for the Old Spanish mine? Is it old? Is it Spanish? Was it rich? It is time to draw some conclusions! Who built it and when? … Continue reading

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The Old Spanish Gold Mine – Part 5 Timeline

Before I get too far into my other research I want to establish a timeline to illustrate just what was going on in the Southern Arizona area for the past couple hundred years, plus this will help me put the … Continue reading

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The Old Spanish Gold Mine – Part 4 Milton’s Tale

This story was published in three parts in True West magazine in 1958 by Milton F. Rose. It was ┬átitled simply I Found a Lost Mine and is by far the most detailed and realistic account of the mine. From … Continue reading

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The Old Spanish Gold Mine – How To Get There

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Originally I was cautious about revealing the location of the site publicly, but since it has already been disclosed on Hike AZ and Google Earth I figure encouraging more foot traffic might discourage would-be looters from doing any harm. Continue reading

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The Old Spanish Gold Mine – Part 3 Ray Howland’s Story

Here is the earliest account of the mine from a February 1935 issue of Arizona Highways. It was titled The Lost Mine of the Stars and written by Ray Howland. It was hot. The yellow bluffs along the trail reflected … Continue reading

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The Old Spanish Gold Mine – Part 2 The Mitchell Treasure Tale

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In the next few installments I’ll include some of the stories and articles about the mine. They provide some interesting considerations into it’s origin and what the real story was. One better-known treasure tale about the mine and stone house … Continue reading

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