historik951 wrote:You know a lot of " treasures " have been found in the very same way right ??? lol....
Historik951 might be on to something here TC. You might want to go back and check this hole out. Keep an eye out for any cast iron cookware...you may have found it.
The Lost Dutch Oven Mine.
Legend has it that ol' Jacob Waltz had a kid brother, Tennessee, that had a get rich scheme that never panned out, as it were. Tennessee Waltz was sure that the settlers in the wagon trains heading for California would hate it and eventually turn around and head back. He was gonna be out in the desert with a dutch oven shop and sell 'em all new cookware for their trip back to Ohio or Kentucky or wherever.
Well, ol' Tennessee never counted on people likin' raw fish and expensive coffee so, as it turned out, nobody wanted to leave. He decided to dig a hole in a remote location of the Santa Rosa Mountains and bury his dutch ovens for a possible future exodus.
Well, he found gold, don't cha know. About that time his big brother showed up to see how he was gettin' along.
Tennessee showed Jacob the gold he found in his dutch oven hole and they decided they better draw attention away from the Santa Rosa Mtns. to keep out the goldseekers and has been celebrities.. So, ol' Jacob took a 12" oven full of gold over to Arizona and started braggin' how he has a mine up in the Superstition Mtns.
Worked like a charm. He drew maps and convoluted directions how to get to his "mine". People ate it up. Jacob didn't live too long after that but Tennessee took some of his gold, moved to Nashville and invented country music. He never got back out to his gold mine but the brothers got everyone looking in the wrong place for the wrong mine - 'til you came along.