Where is the lost treasure of Bumble Bee, Arizona?
Arizona is a great state for searching for lost or
hidden treasures. One legend or tale concerns Bumble Bee, Arizona. Bumble Bee is
in Yavapai in Bronco Canyon, which is just a bit north of Black Canyon. Today,
Bumble Bee is a ghost town. Many of the old buildings have been restored to
their original design from the 1800ís when gold was on the minds of many.
The legend that has been passed down from
generation to generation proclaims that 200 pounds of raw gold is at the bottom
a creek close by the junction of Slate and Squaw Creek nearby the small town of
Bumble Bee. These two creeks intersect about 4 miles east of Bumble Bee.
The story played out like this. Two miners in the
1800ís set up camp in the canyon while they were prospecting in the area. Good
luck smiled upon them and they discovered a rich vein of gold quartz. They
worked hard at retrieving the gold and stored in under a large rock close by
their campsite. When the cold winds began to blow and they knew that winter was
coming fast, they began making plans to head home with their gold. They began
packing up supplies while leaving the gold hidden. Shortly before they began to
pack up their find, they were attacked by Apache Indians. One of the prospectors
was killed and one barely escaped.
The surviving miner went home with only his story
of the rich gold vein and the Indians attack. His desire was to wait until the
Indians had been subdued. By the time, the Indians were no longer a danger; he
was quite old and had fallen ill. He told the story on his deathbed of the gold
vein and where they had hidden the gold, they had mined.
Many years later, a Mexican sheepherder, unaware of
the legend did find the campsite. He did not know about the gold, therefore, he
did not search for any hidden treasures. Others that have explored the area have
not found the gold vein or the hidden gold. As far as anyone knows, the gold is
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