The Wonders of The Sonoran Desert
One of the most exciting times in the Sonoran desert is Spring. This is the period where the desert’s most natural wonders, cacti, come into full bloom. And what a sight they are! What makes cacti so interesting is their ability to store water and bloom even in the driest years bringing the desert fully […]
Welcome to the World Of Geodes
My sons Josh and Jesse Feldman are Arizona cowboys, gold miners, prospectors and treasure hunters. The new Travel Channel Series “Lost Gold“, premiering on January 14th follows the boys as they seek out Arizona’s most fabled missing treasures through legends and clues across the vast American Frontier. So, is there gold in them thar hills? […]
Zigzag Canyon: The Legend Of Gold Gulch by Mic McPherson and Ron Feldman
The word “geode” is derived from a greek word that means “earth like”. And they are! Geodes are a secondary formation from sedimentary and volcanic rock. Hollow and circular, they often include secluded crystals, which thrill and fascinate kids and adults alike. How do these beautiful crystals form? The formation of a geode can form […]
Discover Rare New Goodies, Better Than Halloween Candy!
The Apaches called it “squaw’s metal.” But the mountain men, drawn to the wilderness now called Arizona in a quest for exploration and discovery, called it gold. It was plentiful in the early 1800’s and one mine in particular – Lost Adams Diggin’s _ was one of the most notorious. There were other mines, including […]
Did Joseph Markey Hold The Final Clue to Who Really Discovered San Diego?
One of the greatest parts about being a rock hound is the discovery of rare and unique specimens. It takes true appreciation of the brilliance of history, nature and the stories behind unique pieces in order to be the collector of such an item. It is for all the true rock hounds that these lovely […]
Who Was Joseph Markey & Does He Hold The Key to California’s Discovery?
It is widely agreed by historians that Juan Cabrillo discovered San Diego Bay in 1542. Markey disagreed. According to him Francisco de Ulloa sailed to “upper California” in 1540. If Markey is right, this would mean that he beat Cabrillo by two years. Myth or reality? Markey swore he had proof. The first noteworthy information […]
Who Really Discovered California? A Mystery Unsolved or a Lie?
When I arrived in Oceanside, I obviously decided to first research anything I could on Francisco de Ulloa being in Oceanside. I researched records, maps, and old newspapers. I found an enormous amount on the subject. Both the San Diego Historical Center and the Oceanside Historical Society offered clues to the mystery I was out […]
We Are Closed for The Summer – Re Opening October 2018!
Around 1964, I was living in California. On television there was a show called Treasure With Bill Burrud. One of the episodes was on a Spanish explorer named Francisco De Ulloa. The episode went on to say in 1539, he was sent by Cortez during their recent plunder of the Aztecs up the coast in […]
The Superstition Mysteries & Crazy Jake
Hello Everybody! The Mammoth Mine Rock Shop is closed for the summer season! We look forward to seeing you on our facebook page and in the online shop. Check back often to view new products. We are rockhounding every minute of every day!
Ron Feldman (Author, Dutchman Hunter and Historian) sits down with Charlie to talk about his days working for the Mysterious Crazy Jake. Crazy Jake was a con man and a “story in and of himself.” A miner legend in the superstition mountains, Crazy Jake mentored Ron in the 60’s. Did Crazy Jake know where the […]