The lost treasure of Little Horn Gold.


Where is the lost treasure of Little Horn?

Arizona has had many tales of cowboys, Indians, white settlers, and Mexicans all striving to proclaim the area as theirs. At one time Juan Barutista Alvarado was the governor of California when Spain colonized the area, then it became a state in the New Republic of Mexico, and so on and so forth. One of heirs, Jose Alvarado, in 1878, was a prosperous rancher living at Palomas in the Gila Valley of Arizona.

Even though there were several squabbles on his land with white settlers, Indians, and Mexicans from time to time, they all did become friends with Alvarado. One Indian was more than just a friend and felt he had a debt to pay to Jose. Jose had taken his son to a priest when he was very ill, the priest baptized the child, and shortly after the baptism, the boy recovered. As a show of gratitude to Jose, the Indian offered to take him to see a very rich gold mine.

Alvarado was not a spring chicken any longer and was crippled; however, he was not going to pass up the chance to find a gold mine. He new he would make it through a hard ride into the mountains. Alvarado along with two of his friends set off with the Indian to find the mine.

Before long, the trouble began, the friends that Alvarado brought along were Mexicans, which still hated Indians, and they never kept this a secret. In their mind, Indians were slaves or guides not good enough to share their meals. To the Indian who was a sub-chief of a warrior tribe thought the Mexicans were just free riders. Of course arguing was soon afoot. The Indian went to Alvarado and told him he would get rid of this squabbling by killing the two Mexicans. Alvarado talked him out of it.

However, they were very close to the mine and the Indian felt that if he was not good enough to share a meal with the men then he should not have to share the gold with them. That night, to prove to Alvarado there was a gold mine, the Indian slipped away. At dawn, he reappeared with a large rock laced with gold.

They all returned home without knowing the whereabouts of the mine, except of course the Indian.

Alvarado told his son the story about the mine on his deathbed. He gave him as much information as he could about the trail and the location. The Indian not wanting to share the location with anyone except Alvarado gave these directions before leaving the area the time they went together.

The trail they took was:

Northwesterly from Palomas, stayed west of the Palomas and Tank Mountains, followed an old road into the Kofa Mountains, east through Engesser Pass, north to Alamo Springs. This is as far as the Indian took Alvarado and the other two Mexicans. However, the Indian told Alvarado to go east toward the Little Horns, cross an old river bed, go down about 50 paces, here you will see a circle of rocks formed to catch rain water. He said to go another 1 miles to a side arroyo, there you will find the gold.

The lost treasure of Little Horn Gold.

 The lost treasure of Little Horn Gold.

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