This mine may be lost forever, but you can search if
you are up for the challenge. It is located in the Baboquivari range of
Arizona's Pima County.
As the legend goes, an Indian had wounded a deer and during his hunt into the
foothills of the eastern slopes of the Baboquivari, he spotted hundreds of bats
pouring out of the side of the mountain. He approached the area where he had
seen the bats come from and found a small opening to a cave.
He entered the cave and found it was an old gold
mine, there were several buckskin bags filled to the top with gold nuggets,
coarse gold, mining tools, and a shrine to the Lady of Guadalupe.
He was not very comfortable in the cave with the
swarming bats and the spirits of the Spaniards hanging around so he fled. On his
way out, he grabbed a buckskin bag of gold.
The Indian told his story to a white man that owned
the local store. The white man found someone to watch the store and he headed
off to find the cave. However, as he was traveling toward the cave, he met with
the Indian that had told him of gold. The Indian said that he had gone back to
the cave and waited for the bats to return. Once they were back in the cave, he
concealed the entrance with dirt and rocks so the bats would never be able to
signal the location of the gold mine. He said he wanted to make sure no white
man ever found the gold.