Get To Know the Mountains
Near a Legendary Mine
Mammoth Mine Gift and Rock Shop is located near the Superstition Mountains, an area rich with geological specimens and the supposed home of the legendary Lost Dutchman’s Mine.
As locals of the area and rock enthusiasts, we are familiar with the area's features and the stories and legends that became related to it. We are more than happy to share what we know with people who come to our shop.
The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine
According to legend, The Lost Dutchman’s Mine is a place rich in gold that is hidden in the southwestern United States. The location is generally believed to be in the Superstition Mountains with many stories about how to find the mine,
Each year since at least 1892, people from all over the country attempt to search for the mine. Some treasure hunters die in the middle of their search, while others come back to try again at another time.
How the Mine Got Its Name
The mine is named after German immigrant Jakob Waltz, who purportedly discovered it in the 19th century and kept its location a secret. It was called “Dutchman” because it was a common term that 19th-century Americans used for German men.
(The word "Dutch" being the English cognate to the German demonym "Deutsch" and not a reference to the Dutch people)
America’s Most Famous Lost Mine
The Lost Dutchman's mine has become embedded in the consciousness of Americans everywhere.
According to Arizona place-name expert Byrd Grange, the story of the mine had been printed or cited at least six times more often than Captain Kidd’s lost treasure and the Pegleg mine in California.
An estimated 9,000 people annually have made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman's mine including former Arizona Attorney General Robert K. Corbin.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Superstition Mountain range, feel free to reach out to us today. Contact Ron, he looks forward to hearing from you.