Through the years, countless men and women have set out on modern-day treasure hunts in search of lost gold mines and the fame and fortune that would certainly come from their rediscovery. To Sell gold in Oklahoma at Valley Goldmine OKC from these mines in our day would definitely offer the seller a pretty penny. Unfortunately, very few have succeeded and these gold mines remain lost, possibly forever. Two of the world’s most famous lost mines, The Lost Dutchman Mine and Pegleg’s Lost Mine, are reportedly located in the American Southwestern Desert.
Lost Dutchman Mine
Probably the most famous lost gold mine is the Lost Dutchman Mine, reportedly located in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona and near what is now Apache Junction. This mine has long been a source of mystery and legend and in fact, the name for the Superstition Mountains was inspired by Pima Indian legend. There are many different versions of the legend of The Lost Dutchman, but the most popular involves Jacob Waltz (The Lost Dutcman) finding the gold mine and secretly mining there for many years. When he was about 80 years old, Waltz was reportedly attacked by Apache Indians and died soon after. Legend says Waltz attempted to share the location of the mine with his nurse, even managing to draw a crude map of the area, but while many have died in search of the mine, no one has ever been able to locate it.
Pegleg’s Lost Mine
It has been said that more people have gone in search of Pegleg’s lost mine than any other. As legend has it, Thomas Smith was a mountain man who lost his leg on a trapping expedition and replaced it with a wooden peg, earning him the nickname pegleg. Sometime in the late 1820s early 1830s, Smith was on a trapping expedition and was elected to take the supply of pelts across the desert to LA to sell them. Along the way, Smith had picked up some black pebbles at the top of one of three large buttes in the Colorado Desert, believing they were copper and hoping to sell them. Upon his arrival in LA, Smith learned that his black pebbles were not copper but gold. Although he was never able to find the spot where black gold nuggets covered the desert floor, Smith shared his story of the “three buttes” with friends and family, many of whom spent years trying to find their location. There have been stories of people who claimed to have found the gold, and even had the black nuggets to prove it, but no one who has tried has ever been able to share the mine’s location with a returning search party.