LITTLE HORN GOLD
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
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 ½ miles to a side arroyo, there you will find the gold.