I don't know where the gold is, but I can tell you where it isn't. That is what I tell myself each time I conduct an expedition into the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Over the last 50 years I have trekked the mountains to find the truth. What I have found is overwhelming evidence that some massive operations were carried out in the Superstitions hundreds of years ago. There are cart ruts worn into solid rock nine inches deep. There is a priest's alter on the edge of a cliff overlooking a vast canyon below. There are picture-glyphs with the words ORO carved on basalt rocks. There has been timber removal so extensive that the locals thought it was a military operation/camp thus they named it Soldier's Camp and there is much more. Something big happened, and there is only one thing that I can think of that would cause men to risk life and limb from an Apache death--GOLD!
As stated before, I have been searching for the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine for many years. One of my projects has been to determine the validity of the Peralta Stone Maps (which are on display in the Mesa’s Museum of Natural History). The Peralta Stone Maps are four stone tablets with engraved symbols. These stone maps are the Priest map, the Horse map, the Trail map, and the Heart map. At first glance, I had my doubts about their authenticity. But, the more I studied them the more I found them to be valid. If these maps are fake, someone went through a great deal of trouble to make them match the landmarks found in the Superstition Mountains. Looking at the Priest map you see him standing on an alter blessing two buried treasures and a mine. Then look at the stones marker I located overlooking a vast canyon. You don't find squares very often in nature. It is a match. Could this be where the Priest was standing when he blessed the Church Treasure also known as the Treasure of the Sierra Madres?
In 1609, Pedro de Peralta was placed as the Governor of Spain’s holdings in what is now Most of Arizona, New Mexico and part of Colorado by the authority of the King of Spain. Peralta made Santa Fe his headquarters. He took over the operations from the Jesuit Priests. The Priests were ordered to ship all precious metals and gems to Spain, but they refused. Instead, they collected all the valuable artifacts and buried them. This became the Church Treasure.
Many people today believe the treasure was hidden in the Superstition Mountains which was then the heart of Apache land. Some of the well know Lost Dutchman searchers such as Maria Jones were looking for the treasure, not the lost mine. Or could the Church Treasure actually be the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine?