There are two stories involving the name Adams involving a lost mine. One is believed to be in New Mexico and is sometimes referred to as the “Lost Adams Cave.” The second story takes place in Apache County of Arizona. Since the story of the lost cave has its origin from the story that took place in Arizona, we will cover the story in Arizona.
Fort Defiance was established in northern Arizona to monitor the Indians that were placed on the newly formed Indian reservation near the New Mexico and Arizona boarder. The fort soon attracted some of the settlers who established businesses in the near by settlement. One such man was Henry Adams, also known as Jim Adams, who established a small trading post near the fort.
Adams treated the Indians who came to his trading post fairly, and soon he gained their respect and trust. He also got along with the military and catered to any other customers that frequented his store. He was known as a fair dealing man but he usually kept to himself.
One day he noticed some young buck Indians shopping the store. They helped themselves to the things they wanted and needed, and Jim kept track of the items they took. Jim noticed that the purchase was going to be rather extensive and was curious as to how they were going to pay for all the items they had loaded up. When they got ready to go, one of the young men came over to the counter and emptied the contents of a leather bag onto the counter to pay for the goods. It was gold! There was more than enough gold nuggets on the counter to pay for the purchases and then some. He didn’t question them, but let them go on their way because he knew that they would never divulge the location of the gold to a white man. Indians were that way when it came to gold. But, Jim figured the gold had come from the foothills to the north, which were on the reservation. He determined he would have to work at finding the location.
Over the next few months, Adams catered to the three young men whenever they came to his store. He did them favors to earn their trust and worked at becoming their friend. He realized that if he pushed too hard to find the location of the gold, the Indians would cut him off and never trust him again. One day, he felt as if he had their confidence to be able to approach them about the gold. He started with a hint about the gold they paid with and immediately they froze. They would not talk to him any further. After a few weeks of working to regain their confidence, they loosened up and began to talk. Eventually, they talked with him freely about the subject and even agreed to take him to the source when the time was right.
To Be Continued In Part 2