Continued from Part 2
The stone cube was on the West end of Horse Mesa. To get to it, I'd have to cross Fish Creek Canyon and climb the other side. This was impossible. The best I was going to be able to do was to traverse the length of Coronado Mesa and study the cube by binoculars from across the canyon. I did so.
As I was looking for the best vantage point, I came upon a large, flat rock with the flat surface extending down the hill for about 25 yards. In this rock was two sets of ruts cut the entire length of the rock. They were some type of wheel ruts. These ruts were worn into the solid rock over nine inches deep. In one place one of the ruts crossed over the other much like someone decided to change lanes. The wheels would have been forty eight inches from wheel center to wheel center.
Then I realized these ruts were created by carts. Not wagons, or cars. They were made by smaller carts. They would have to have been carrying very heavy loads and gone up and down this rock many times to wear so deeply into the rock. Someone had moved some very heavy objects into and or out of the canyon. Why? Could it be ore on it’s way to the Mesquite Flats arrastra. Yes, there had two arrastras had been found a short distance away. One is located in the Flats, and another in Mormon Flats (the current location of the main part of Canyon Lake).
Would that be enough to wear the ruts into the rock? Perhaps; but then again, maybe they were also transporting timbers into the canyon to shore up a mine or mines. There was no timber in the area. The closest timbers were across the river on Four Peaks or a couple of canyons over in La Barge Canyon in a place called Soldier’s Camp.
Soldier’s camp was a peculiar place. This was a place where there were Ponderosa Pines growing in abundance until someone cut them down. All that was there was tree stumps during the late 1800’s. The locals referred to this place as Soldier’s Camp because the Army was the only organization big enough to establish such a camp in the Superstitions regardless of the warring Indians. The trail leading out of Soldier’s camp goes down La Barge Canyon for about two miles and then cuts over a saddle into Tortilla Creek. It shortly disappears after that. Could this be the Military Trail as seen from the Dutchman’s Mine? The locals thought the camp was Military, why wouldn't they consider the trail as being also established by the Military?
To Be Continued in Part 4