Where is the lost treasure of the Arizona Indians?
The west was a dangerous and wild place in the 1800ís
for settlers and soldiers. Various Indian tribes would attack many of the wagon
trains and travelers, some would escape with their lives but much of the
valuables were left behind. Others would lose their life and their treasure was
either left at the site of the massacre of the Indians would carry it off with
them to unknown parts.
In 1870, soldiers from Fort Tucson came upon a
watering hole that was filled with gold nuggets while they were searching for a
band of renegade Apaches. Of course, the soldiers wanted to stay at the watering
hole and search for more gold, but their commanding officer had other plans. He
wanted them to stay on the trail of the Apaches. After a few days, many of the
soldiers asked for a discharge, they wanted to search for gold instead of
renegade Indians. Every one of them was denied a discharge. Instead of waiting
and asking for a discharge a later time, many of these soldiers went AWOL and
were found in the desert dead from dehydration. None of the soldiers ever made
it back to the watering hole. As far as anyone can tell from the description,
the watering hole is between Maricopa Wells and Quijototoa.
Apache Indians attacked many wagon trains one was a
few miles northeast of the stage station at Mountain Springs. After robbing the
wagon train the legend, states the Indians buried their stolen goods of gold
dust and silver coins in an old Dutch oven behind two rocks at the point of the
Winchester Mountains, which is a bit northeast of Wilcox, Arizona.
Indians attacked a wagon train of Spanish priests
that left Mexico on their way to California in an area known as Secret Pass. The
priests were carrying with them religious items that included crosses,
candlesticks, chalices, which were more than likely made of gold to establish a
new mission. It is believed that the Indians hid all the treasure in a cave in
Secret Pass. Everyone in the party was killed except for two nuns. The nuns made
it back home to Mexico and told of their gruesome tale.
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