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The legend of Superstition Mountain... 1925, 1927, 1935.
Nicely done little booklet with several illustrations by Helm. The story is told by Mike Burns, an Apache, of the time when fifteen Apache warriors surprised and destroyed a returning raiding party of two hundred Pima and Maricopa warriors in the Superstitions. Mike Burns, so named by Captain Burns, real name
Hoomothya (Wet Nose), served under General Crook and lived at old Fort McDowell where he told this tale. This is the earliest book dealing with the Superstition Mountains. It has no direct bearing on the Lost Dutchman tale, though Burns is mentioned by both Barnard and Arnold. Helm adds to the Foreword of the
1935 edition: "Note: On the morning of Nov. 26, 1934, Mike Burns died in a little wickiup near the home of a son, on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, 27 miles northeast of Phoenix. --A.T.H."
A. Truman Helm and Mike Burns (courtesy of Dave Helm)
Mike Burns (courtesy of Dave Helm)
A. Truman Helm's painting of Weaver's Needle (courtesy of Dave Helm)
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