THE LOST TREASURE OF THE
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost treasure of the Opata Mine?
Opata Mine is located somewhere close to Tumacacori
Mission just about 45 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Spaniards built the
Tumacacori Mission in hopes of converting the Papago and the Opata Indians to
the Catholic religion.
The missionaries not only wanted to covert the
Indians, but they also wanted to use them as slaves to mine the silver ore they
had discovered in the various mines around the area in 1766.
At the back of the Opata Mine was where the silver
was stored in the center of the large room. As the legend goes, this back room
was not only the storage for all the silver, but was also used by the Indians
for their pagan religious rites. It is believed that some of the Indians must
have been listening to the preachingís and when they noticed a Mayo Indian
princess traveling alone in the desert, they were certain that she was the next
Because of their strong conviction, they kidnapped
the Mayo Indian princess and informed her that she would marry their chief and
produce a child savior. The princess did not wish to have anything whatsoever to
do with this marriage and proclaimed that she would rather die than marry the
chief. The Indians made a decision that if she would not marry their chief they
would sacrifice her to their gods.
On their only day off from the mines, they took the
princess to the large pile of silver in the back of Opata Mine and tied her
there. She was given more last chance to agree to the marriage proposal. Once
she refused again, the chief then cut her hands and rubbed a poison into her
blood explaining that when the sun touched her cuts she would die. As the sun
began to shine through into hole in the ceiling of the room, the Indians began
their pagan ritual, singing and dancing around the princess.
The missionaries heard the sounds but by the time
they reached the mine, they found the dead Indian princess tied to the silver.
This enraged the missionaries, because the Indians were ignoring all their
teachings and sticking to their paganís way. They sealed the mine and left the
princess along with all the silver.
To this day, the princess and the silver remain in the sealed up Opata Mine.
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