Doug Stewart © 1994-2021
The books and pamphlets in this section cover a wide range of topics, from the Apache Trail, the Superstition Mountain wilderness area, Apache Junction, Tortilla Flat, Goldfield, lost treasure and mines, to local characters, the Dons Club, and more. See the Introduction for an explanation of bibliographic and publishing information, as well as notes and comments.
- Annerino, John.
Exploring the Superstitions: Trails and Tales of the Southwest's Mystery Mountains. Skyhorse Publishing, 2018. Softcover, 320 pages. Maps and photos. "Arizona's Superstition Mountains are like no other mountain range in the continental United States. The ancestral ground of the western Apache and sacred heights of the neighboring Pima, these mountains were once a veritable no-man's land of soaring cliffs, dead-end box canyons, and eerie hoodoos of stone, marking them as one of the last places on earth that any person would dare to tread. While this range appears on the surface to be a veritable nature lover's paradise with towering saguaro cactus forests, desert wildflowers, and roadrunners, it is also home to rattlesnakes, plants and animals that stick, sting, or bite, and modern gun-toting drygulchers. In fact, in the past century, the Superstition Mountains have claimed the lives of more than six hundred visitors, marking them as the West's deadliest wild area. Part hiking guide, part history book, and part treasure hunter's source book, Exploring the Superstitions: Trails and Tales of the Southwest's Mystery Mountains vividly brings the supernatural beauty, mystery, and majesty of this unique area to life."
- Kindle. $9.99.
The Apache Trail Highway of Arizona. Phoenix: The Salt River Project, 1994. Small booklet bound with a string tie, unpaged (28 pages), 25 photographs. "The 25 photographs in this album were taken in 1905 by C.H. Davidson, H.A. Diehl, and G.P. Richardson during an excursion along the Apache Trail to the town of Roosevelt. These photographs were later presented to William J. Morrell, the Superintendent of Transportation for the Salt River Valley Water User's Association (1920-1928). Mr. Morrell's grandson, Thomas D. Brown, and his family donated this collection of photographs to the Salt River Project in 1993. " Two of the photographs capture Superstition Mountain. Wonderful set of photographs.
- Babcock, R.G. (Jerry)
Chicomoztoc I.M.O. Marshall Mo.: Green Printers, Inc., 1990. Softcover, iii, 201 pages with numerous illustrations. On the title page: "A Search For Aztec Treasure / Chicomoztoc / (The Seven Caves) / I.M.O. / (in my opinion)" Only three hundred copies printed. A search for Aztec treasure. If you would like to contact the author, he can be reached at this address: R.G. Babcock, Box 22, Marshall, MO 65340. There are two newer versions of this work. R.G. Babcock. Chicomoztoc: a Serach for the Aztec Treasure and the Missing History of the Aztec Empire. Lulu, 2006. Softcover, 134 pages. R.G. Babcock and David W. Babcock. Chicomoztoc: a Serach for the Aztec Treasure and the Truth behind the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. CreateSpace, 2010. Softcover, 144 pages. Edited and published by David Babcock. Cover photo by David Babcock. Cover design by Darlene Town. Book's back cover: "A hundred years ago two men from the midwest and an old Indian were in an Arizona cave filled with treasure. Twenty years ago R.G. Babcock was given a one-hundred-year old letter describing a first-hand account of the treasure. This is the story of one man's hunt for that treasure and what he discovered about the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine and the missing history of the Aztec culture. Are the cave and the treasure still there? Can they be found today?"
- 1990. ?/?
- Backus, Chuck.
History of the Quarter Circle U Ranch.. Apache Junction: Superstition Mountain Historical Society, 2008. Large pamphlet, 20 pages, many photogaphs. Reprinted from Superstition Mountain Journals, 2005, 2006, 2007. Fascinating history with marvelous photographs.
- Brock, Robert, M.
The Apache Trial guidebook and Lost Dutchman legend. Fountain Hills: Orion, 1986. First edition. Pamphlet, 36 pages, with photographs. Information taken from the latest edition: first edition, March 1986 (3,000 copies); second printing, September 1987 (500 copies); third printing, December 15, 1988; fourth printing, March 15, 1989; fifth printing, November 13, 1990; sixth printing, October 1991; seventh printing, December 1992. The first through the fourth printings have a photograph on the cover.
A short account of the Apache Trail's history and geology as well as a brief telling of the Dutchman/Peralta tales. The second half of the work is the Apache Trail Self-Guided Tour, a 115.2 mile car tour from Apache Junction and back. See postcards of the Apache Trail and Norton Allen's map.
- Seventh printing. (Tortilla Flat: Robert M. Brock). $3.00/$3.00
- Tortilla Flat history. Fountain Hills: Orion, 1985. First edition. Pamphlet, 36 pages, with photographs and documents. (Printed by Tract Evangelistic Crusade). Cover title. Information from the latest edition: first edition, February 9, 1985; second printing, March 20, 1986; third printing, October 1, 1986; fourth printing, March 15, 1987; fifth printing, February 9, 1988; sixth printing, October 17, 1988; seventh printing, February 1, 1992. With the third printing the cover title changed from Tortilla Flat History to History of Tortilla Flat. Over the years Brock added a few pages on recent Tortilla Flat history and changed some of the photographs, the rest has stayed the same. A charming pamphlet on the history of the little town of Tortilla Flat written by one-time part owner of the town. Presents a chronicle of past owners, visitors, part-time residents (including Barry Storm), and significant events in Tortilla Flat and along the Apache Trail.
- 1st edition. 1985. ?/$15.00 signed.
4th printing. Revised. 1000 copies. 1987. ?/$4.95.
7th printing. Apache Junction: Orion Publishing Company, 1992. $3.00/$3.00.
Superstition Mountains from Apache Trail, Ariz.
- Buckskin, Joe and Will H. Robinson.
When the red gods made men: legends of Superstition Mountain as told by a Pima Indian boy, Joe Buckskin. Phoenix: The Dons (Hubbard Printing Co.), 1935. Pamphlet, 34 pages with illustrations. Edited by Will H. Robinson, illustrated by John Porter Leeper. Also a second edition, Phoenix: The Dons, 1935(1936?). Pamphlet, 34 pages with illustrations. The second publication by the Dons and not a big seller (GD). From the preface: "...is the legend of the Creation, as told by a Pima Indian boy, Joe Buckskin, to Will Robinson." Joe Buckskin tells some of the creation myths of the Pimas, but the Superstitions are mentioned only in passing as the location where refuge was sought in the great deluge. Oblique reference is made to the Mike Burn's tale. Not that interesting, but a handsome little pamphlet.
- 1st edition. 1935. ?/$45.00.
2nd edition, 1935. ?/$45.00, $35.00.
$3.00 from SMHS.
- Carlson, Jack and Elizabeth Stewart.
Superstition Wilderness Trails West. Tempe: Clear Creek Publishing, 2012. First edition. Softcover, 416 pages, with numerous photographs and maps. "Hikes, horse rides, and history." This excellent guide covers the western half of the Superstition Wilderness. It replaces the older Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness. (See authors' website.)
From the Preface: "This book, Superstition Wilderness Trails West covers the trails in the western Superstition Wilderness, including the JF trail and all the country going west to the Lost Dutchman State Park. Our 2010 companion book, Superstition Wilderness Trails East, covers the Reavis Ranch Trail, Rogers Canyon Trail, and all trails east from there to Roosevelt Lake. Each book includes all trailhead descriptions for the east and west halves of the Wilderness with a brief explanation of the trials from each trailhead. Our new books provide an in-depth look at the primary source material behind the events and stories of the late 1800s and early 1900s. City, county, state, and federal documents furnished dates, names, and sometimes reflections of the times. We tried to wrap the individual events into a larger story to show that the Superstition Mountains and the surrounding communities were closely connected. Additional historical photographs help portray the way that men and women lived in and around the Superstition Mountains."
From the authors' website: "Superstition Wilderness Trails West with history and legends of Arizona's Lost Dutchman Gold Mine includes trail descriptions for trails in the western end of the Superstition Wilderness such as the Peralta Trail, Dutchman's Trail, Peters Trail and many others. Directions to all trailheads (east and west halves of the Wilderness) are included. Popular trips include Weavers Needle, Charlebois Spring, Garden Valley, Peters Mesa, Bluff Spring, and many more. A History and Legends section of the book for trails and trailheads will maximize your wilderness experience. Hikers, horse riders, and armchair travelers will find this a worthwhile guide and reference to the Superstition Mountains." See also in maps (Trails in the Superstition Mountain Foothills).
2012. First printing (2,000 copies). $16.95/$16.95 signed.
2013. Second printing (1,000 copies). $16.95.
2015. Third Printing (1500 copies). $16.95.
- Carlson, Jack and Elizabeth Stewart.
Superstition Wilderness Trails East. Tempe: Clear Creek Publishing, 2010. First edition. Softcover, 352 pages, with numerous photographs and maps. "Hikes, horse rides, and history." Another outstanding guide, this time covering the eastern half of the Superstition Wilderness. From the authors' website: "... with history of the ranchers and homesteaders who settled the area, describes the trails in the eastern end of the Superstition Wilderness. The book includes the Rogers Canyon Trail, Haunted Canyon Trail, Reavis Ranch Trail, Campaign Trail, and many more. The history of the homesteaders and miners is described in detail and those with an interest in the early settlement of the Salt River community (now under Roosevelt Lake) will enjoy the homestead locator map. Apache Campaign aficionados will enjoy the maps and stories describing the 1870s military marches through Pine Creek, Tule Canyon, and Spencer Spring Creek areas. See also in maps (Trails in the Superstition Mountain Foothills).
2010 (3,000 copies). $16.95/$16.95.
- Carlson, Jack and Elizabeth Stewart.
Hiker's guide to the Superstition Wilderness. Tempe: Clear Creek Publishing, 1995. First edition. Softcover, 320 pages, with numerous photographs and maps. Outstanding guide. Carefully researched and well written with lots of entertaining Lost Dutchman information. Great maps and photographs. A very handsome book. Invaluable source for information, maps and photographs on many facets of the Lost Dutchman/Superstition Mountain story. Now in the fifth printing with many changes to the text and maps. Publishers Press was the printer for the first two printings, the last three were printed by Thomson-Shore, Inc.
See also the companion guide and map (Trails in the Superstition Mountain Foothills) for some of the hikes described in this book.
1. Jan. 1995. 5211 copies. $14.95/$14.95 signed.
2. May 1995. 6028 copies. $14.95/$14.95
3. May 1996. 6198 copies. $14.95/$14.95
4. July 1998 (copyright 1999) 6072 copies. $14.95/$14.95
5. Nov. 2001 (copyright 2002) 6398 copies. $14.95/$14.95 signed.
6. Sept. 2005 (copyright 2002) 2080 copies. $14.95/$14.95.
7. Feb. 2007. (copyright 2002) 2040 copies. $14.95/$14.95 signed.
8. June 2008. (copyright 2002) 2036 copies. $14.95/$14.95.
9. 1000 copies.
- Conatser, Estee and Karl von Mueller.
The Journals of El Dorado: being a descriptive bibliography on treasure and subjects pertaining thereto. A waybill to discovery and adventure. Dallas: Ram Publishing Company, 1977. Softcover, 370 pages. This is a useful bibliography of lost treasure books. Includes a number of works on Lost Dutchman themes. Not nearly as comprehensive on the Lost Dutchman materials as Sikorsky or Probert, but the descriptive annotations are unique and have some value.
- Cubel, Charles.
Driftwood Mine Ranch: Twelve years in the Sonoran Desert at the edge of the Superstition Wilderness. 2018. Softcover, 124 pages. “Living twelve years in the Arizona Desert on the edge of the Superstition Wilderness, gave me a different outlook as to my place in the animal kingdom.”
- Softcover. $5.50.
- Dahlmann, John L. 1911-?
A tiny bit of God's creation. Tempe: Reliable Reproductions, 1979. Softcover in wraps, 172 pages. The Cover and ten sketches are by De Grazia (Midnight Sketches). Cover title. On the half-title page: "Poquito De La Creacion De Dios Nuestras Supersticiones Grandiosas." Limited edition publication is hard to find because the cover and sketches make it attractive to De Grazia collectors. From the dedication page: "Permission to reproduce 1,000 copies granted by De Grazia Gallery in the Sun..." Same page: "My good friend and "fellow trail rider", Ted De Grazia, with whom I have had the good fortune to take many treks into and exploration of our Mighty Superstition Mountain, the expanse where we personally found peace and tranquility, bound together in awe and infinite admiration of our Mighty Superstition. Ted De Grazia's sketches for a "Tiny Bit of God's Creation" reflect the understanding and respect he has for our mountain." There is another, much rarer, book by Dahlmann that also presents material on Superstiton Mountain and the Lost Dutchman themes. Wandering. Published December 1974. Softcover, 108 pages, pen sketches by Mel Counseller. It in no way compares to the far superior A Tiny Bit of God's Creation.
Ted De Grazia
An interesting book, well written, handsomely produced. Dahlmann presents a little natural history, a touch of the Waltz tale and a handful of entertaining tales about Superstition Mountain characters. The real focus of the book is Dahlmann's entertaining account of his trips into the Superstitions with De Grazia and others.
- $8.95/$100, $65, $30 inscribed by both authors, $5.50 inscribed.
- Dallett, Nancy.
At the confluence of change: a history of Tonto National Monument.. Tucson: Western National Parks Association, 2008. Soft cover, 253 pages.
- D'Autremont, Hugh.
West of dawn. New York: Exposition Press, 1971. Hardcover with dust jacket, 187 pages, with photographs. Not great literature, but a great story and a fascinating autobiography. It covers only a brief span of time in the 1930's when the author, in his youth, had a number of adventures straight out of B. Traven's book and the movie based on it, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. One of his adventures was to accompany an equally young Barry Storm on one of Storm's expeditions to the Superstitions. He presents a charming portrait of Storm as an enthusiastic young promoter full of optimism and ideas - just what one always thought Storm would have been like. An invaluable insight into the Dutchman literature's most interesting figure, and a good tale in the bargain.
- $5.00/$40, $25, $15, $12 all with dj.
- Davis, Gregory E.
1934-1984 golden anniversary of Dons Trek: the origin and history of the Dons and their Superstition Mountain, Lost Dutchman Gold Mine Trek. Scottsdale: Ironwood Lithographers, Inc., 1984. First edition. "Compiled and edited by Gregory E. Davis from the stories and writings of Oren Arnold, Edwin D. Green, Fred Guirey, and Art Weber." Pamphlet, 36 pages, with numerous photographs, some in color. Title page: "Souvenir booklet to the Dons forty-eighth annual Lost Gold Trek into mysterious Superstition Mountain, March 4, 1984. Limited to 1,800 copies." So, who are the Dons?
See the Dons Trek on the web.
- ? /$7.50.
Dons Trek tickets
- Davis, Gregory E.
A Don in Washington. Apache Junction: Superstition Mountain Historical Society. Photocopy, 28 pages. From the cover: "The story of a trip to Washington D.C. made in 1946 by two members of the Phoenix Dons Club in search of factual information pertaining to the lore and legend of Superstition Mountain and the Lost Dutchman gold mine." "Transcript of a taped interview of Fred Guirey, Past President of The Dons Club of Phoenix, Arizona." Conducted by Gregory E. Davis.
- Davis, Gregory E. and Thomas Kollenborn.
History of the Lost Dutchman Monument: Apache Junction Arizona 1938-1988. (Phoenix: Salt River Project?), 1988. Pamphlet, 12 pages, with photographs. Title page: "50th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony Saturday February 27, 1988 3:00 p.m.; Souvenir Booklet." Interesting story of the Dons Club building The Lost Dutchman Monument.
The Lost Dutchman Monument in Apache Junction
- Davis, Kalvin.
It Looms Above the Valley: A Photographer’s 18-Month Experience Capturing the Superstition Mountains. 2020. “In his book ‘It Looms Above the Valley,’ Kalvin Davis directly narrates his eighteen-month experience while setting out to accumulate the broadest photographic collection of the Superstition Mountains ever done.”
- Kindle. $9.99.
- Eppinga, Jane.
Apache Junction and the Superstition Mountains. Mount Pleasant: Arcadia Publishing,2006. Softcover, 127 pages, maps, and many photographs. Another high quality publication from Arcadia Press in their Images of America series. The historical commentary is informative but very brief, primarily this is a book of thoughtfully selected photographs grouped thematically around Jacob Waltz and the Lost Dutchman Mine story, Dutch hunters, the Dons Club, Apache Junction, Lake Roosevelt and the Apache Trail, and maps. The vast majority of this wonderful material was supplied by the Superstition Mountain Historical Society and Greg Davis. From the back cover: "In pioneer lore, the Lost Dutchman's Mine remains an intriguing mystery of the Old West. What became Apache Junction in the Salt River Valley was already an established home for prehistoric Native Americans and the Apache tribe, when it was further settled and cultivated by Spanish and Mexican expeditions, American wagon trains, mountain men, and the U.S. military in the late 19th century. But Apache Junction became legendary when German immigrant Jacob Waltz discovered a secret gold mine. Thousands of prospectors traversed the "crooked top" Superstition Mountains in search of this treasure, enriching the area's history and leading to the development of a unique community that has endured and grown alongside the famous legend."
- Garcia, Kathleen.
Roosevelt Dam. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing,2009. Softcover, 127 pages, maps, and many photographs. Another high quality publication from Arcadia Press in their Images of America series. Publisher: "At 5:48 p.m., on March 18, 1911, former president Theodore Roosevelt pushed the button allowing the first waters to be released from the world's highest masonry dam. The dam was one of the first projects authorized under the Newland Reclamation Act of 1902. The act provided federal money for state reclamation projects and established the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which, between 1902 and 1907, began 30 projects within 11 western states. The confident promoters of the Roosevelt Dam began developing the project at the confluence of Tonto Creek and the Salt River five months before receiving formal approval by the newly established bureau in 1903. As a result of a 1992 expansion and renovation project, today's dam stands 357 feet high and bears little resemblance to the dam dedicated by Theodore Roosevelt."
- Getler, Warren and Bob Brewer.
Shadow of the Sentinel: one man's quest to find the hidden treasure of the Confederacy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. Hardcover, vii, 304 pages, with photographs and maps. Written by Warren Getler, based on the activities of Bob Brewer. Chapters 12-17, pages 168-249, tell of Bob Brewer's attempt to find Confederate treasures in or near the Superstitions and how this all ties into the Lost Dutchman story. He makes use of the stone maps found by the Tumlinsons and, without question, offers the most bizarre interpretation yet for what they really mean. Likewise, there is speculation that Jacob Waltz was a sentinel, one of the guardians not of lost Peralta gold but of secretly hidden Confederate caches of money - hidden by the obscure and secretive Knights of the Golden Circle. This is truly a unique view of the Lost Dutchman tale. It makes no sense, but it is a lot of fun to read. From the dust jacket: " As a boy growing up in rural Arkansas, Bob Brewer often heard from his uncle and his great-uncle about a particular tree in the woods, the "Bible Tree," filled with strange carvings. Years later he would learn that this tree was carved with symbols associated with the Knights of the Golden Circle, a Civil War era secret society that had buried gold coins and other treasure in various remote locations across the South and Southwest in hopes of someday funding a second War Between the States. These secret caches were guarded by sentinels, men whose responsibility it was to watch and protect these sites...In Shadow of the Sentinel, Bob Brewer and investigative journalist Warren Getler tell the fascinating story of the Knights of the Golden Circle and the hidden caches the KGC established across the country. Brewer reveals how, with agonizing effort, he eventually deciphered the fiendishly complicated KGC codes and ciphers, which drew heavily on images associated with Freemasonry... Using his knowledge of KGC symbolism to crack coded maps, Brewer has located several KGC caches and has recovered gold coins, guns, and other treasure from some of them..Getler and Brewer suggest that the clandestine network of KGC operatives was far wider than previously thought, and that it included Jesse James, the former Confederate guerrilla whose stage and bank robberies helped to fill KGC treasure chests."
- Granger, Byrd Howell.
A motif index for lost mines and treasures applied to redaction of Arizona legends, and to lost mine and treasure legends exterior to Arizona. Tucson: U. of Arizona, 1977. Hardcover, 277 pages. Also Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeaka temia Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1977. Softcover, 277 pages. A dual publication by the University of Arizona Press and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. The Finnish version is actually a publication in a series by the Folklore Fellows. Cover: "FF Communications; Edited for the Folklore Fellows; Vol. xcii no. 218." Content and pagination are identical to the U. of A. publication. This is a scholarly work! Granger went through as many of the Lost Dutchman tales as he could find and analyzed them in terms of their thematic elements. In other words, he treats these stories with the tools developed to analyze folklore. Hmmm.
- University of Arizona. ?/$75.00, $61.00, $60.00, $45.00, $30.00.
Helsinki. ?/$50, $35.
- Grubbs, Bruce.
Hiking Arizona's Superstition and Mazatzal Country: A Guide to the Areas' Greatest Hikes. Falcon Guides, 2014. Second edition. Softcover, 256 pages. Kindle edition (Amazon Digital Services), 2014. "Just east of the greater Phoenix area, the Superstition Mountains are a wild, rugged range of volcanic peaks, mesas, and canyons. A network of trails covers this wilderness, reaching into Sonoran desert canyons, pine forested valleys, mysterious volcanic rock formations, and jagged peaks. North of the Superstitions and still only a two hour drive from Phoenix, the Mazatzal Mountains are one of Arizona's largest and most remote wilderness areas. You can hike for days here without seeing another hiker. Completely revised and updated, Hiking Arizona's Superstition and Mazatzal Country, 2nd, is your ticket to exploring and enjoying this remarkable country, from the Verde River to the pine-forested peaks along the Mazatzal Crest, the jagged summits of Four Peaks, and the labyrinthine canyons of the Superstitions. This guidebook contains descriptions of enjoyable hikes from a few hours to a week in length, for everyone from family groups to ardent peak baggers. Many of the hikes are loops and have opportunities for side trips and exploration."
- Softcover. $16.26 .
- Hage, David and Dennis.
The official Goldbuster guidebook. Phoenix: Double Take Productions, Incorporated, 1985. Pamphlet, 85 pages with photographs and illustrations. There was an error at the printer which the Hage brothers didn't catch until one hundred or so copies were printed (GD). The result is that there are a few copies around with pages printed on the same deep gold colored paper as used for the cover, the paper used for the pages in the rest of the copies is a light golden cream color. The copies with the darker gold colored pages have a blank back cover while the lighter colored page copies do not, on them are a number of quotes from the media on the Hage's record album. On the front cover: "Includes the inside story of Superstition gold ... the search begins." On the back cover: "Somewhere ... $10,000 in gold* is hidden / Somehow ... you must find the clues / Someone ... will solve the mystery." The asterisk denotes that the "gold" is really a certificate for that amount. The twins, David and Dennis Hage wrote this guidebook to accompany their record album Superstition Gold which contained clues to the location of the gold certificate. They specify that the certificate is not "in the Superstition Mountains or any other dangerous place." The guidebook itself does not contain any of the clues - although it does reprint all of the lyrics from the album - rather it is a mixed bag of puns, jokes, and word-games which the brothers obviously enjoy just a bit too much. They do tell the Lost Dutchman tale. As they put it: "This Guidebook has been written to enable listeners of our music and seekers of the GOLD to better understand and enjoy the history, concept, background, and thought processes necessary to identify the location of the hidden certificate. But even if you don't find the gold, we think you will discover more than $10,000.00 worth of music, fun, and adventure in our album and Guidebook."
Don't miss the Hage's website.
- Huckabay, Charles H.
The Apache wars of the Superstition Mountain Area. Charles H. Huckabay, 2008. Pamphlet, 30 unnumbered pages, two photographs.
Four chapters: Canyon Lake and the Skeleton Cave 1872; Nantaje; Apache Leap and Apache Tears; the Pima Blood Raids.
- Johnson, Tim.
Lost Dutchman in Cochise County? Incidents and Coincidences. Elko: MCM Prime, Inc. 2003. Pamphlet, 48 pages, xeroxed copy, stapled, with illustrations by the author and photographs. Picture of the author on the inside back cover. Entertaining, but does not add anything to the Lost Dutchman story unless you believe, as he does, that its location is not in the Superstitions. From the introduction: "This writer has never been in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix. He never will. "It" is simply not there. Not in that place. All of the incidents concerning the Dutchman could not have happened in those mountains. Think about it. Lack of food, shade, and most important, water, quickly eliminates these "Superstition" mountains as a possibility." Johnson locates the site of the Lost Dutchman legend in Jordan Canyon in the Dragoons. Oddly charming treasure tale and travelogue.
- Kennedy, Paul M.
The Apache Trail: fact & fantasy. Arizona: Paul Kennedy, 1981. Pamphlet, unpaged (9 pages), 2 pages of photographs. Cover title. A guide to the Apache Trail from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Dam, with a little history thrown in.
- Kenworthy, Charles A.
Spanish monuments and trail markers to treasure in the United States. Encino: Quest Publishing, 1993. Large softcover, 80 pages, with numerous black and white photographs. I am told many of the photographs are in the Superstitions. Another fanciful interpreter of the landscape looking for treasures. There is a companion volume, Treasure signs, symbols, shadow and sun signs. For Kenworthy's newest work see Treasure Secrets of the Lost Dutchman in Core Works.
- $13.95/$13.95 signed.
- Kincaid, Matt.
Superstition Mountains: The Mountains of Legend, Gold, Mystery, and Death. CreateSpace, 2018. Softcover, 34 pages. "This is a story where fact and fiction merge and mesh until sometimes it is nearly impossible to tell the difference. But that's what makes for some of the greatest stories! This book is not meant as a field guide or an encouragement to go treasure hunting yourself. It's a place to find some information about one of the greatest legends of the American southwest. It's a book that simply scratches the surface of all there is to learn about this legend and this place. Perhaps it will encourage you to do more research on your own."
- Kindle. $.99.
- King, Julian. (1907-1972)
Sand in our shoes: chasing the American dream. Gold Canyon: Terra Rosa Books, 2007. Large softcover, 240 pages, with black and white photographs and illustrations. Edited by Rosemary Summers Shearer, illustrations by George E. Johnson, cover painting by Ann Coe. From the back cover: "World War II was over. Julian and Lucy King packed their worldly possessions into the back of a '41 Ford convertible and left New York in search of their dream. They found their Shangri-La in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. The tale of their adventures as they built King Ranch Resort, turning a castle in the air to reality, is now told after over 50 years. Here are the Kings, the cowboys and prospectors, the vagabonds and desperados of America's last frontier." An attractive book with great illustrations and Coe's marvelous cover. This is a totally captivating story with a lot of historical interest. The editor did a good job getting King's old manuscript into publication, it's great that it's finally seen the light of day.
- $15.95/$15.95 signed by editor, illustrator and artist.
- Kollenborn, Tom. (aka James Colten.)
The Apache Trail. Apache Junction: Superstition Mountain Research Center (Apache Printing), 1980. Pamphlet, unpaged (20 pages), with maps and photographs. Second printing is paged. "This is a map booklet on the scenic and famous Apache Trail of central Arizona. This booklet provides the reader with interesting facts on the flora, history, geology, and geography of the historic Apache Trail (State Route 88)." Dedicated to George "Brownie" Holmes. "He knew every rut in the Apache Trail."
1. Collector's edition. 1980. 100 copies. ?/?
1. 1980. 2,500 copies. ?/?
1. Special collector's edition with multi-colored cover. 25 copies. ?/?
2. 1984(?). 2,500 copies. Fountain Hills: Orion Publisher. ?/$8.95.
3. 1985. 2,500 copies. ?/?
4. 1986. 2,500 copies. $1.50/?
5. 1987. 2,500 copies. ?/? (possibly more printings by Orion)
- Kollenborn, Tom.
The Apache Trail: a storybook guide to Arizona's Historical Highway. Apache Junction: World Publishing Corporation, 1998. 1999, second edition, "Collectors edition." Spiral notebook, 50 pages, with maps, photographs and illustrations. A very handsome publication with lots of new material. Highly recommended. There are significant differences between the two editions. New fourth edition. Apache Junction: Superstition Mountain Press, 2006. Booklet is now 54 pages.
First edition. ?/?
Second editiion. 1999. $9.95/$9.95.
Fourth edition. 2006. $12.95/$12.95.
- Lombardi, Lori L.
Tortilla Flat then & now: the real story. Apache Junction: Sunshower Corp., 1996. Edited by J.L. and Mary Jo Bryant, graphics by Lois Potter-Sanders. Softcover, 127 pages, with photographs, documents, and illustrations. Second printing by Lori L. Lombardi and Lois Potter-Sanders. Tortilla Flat: Sunshower Corp., 2006. Softcover, 127 pages, with photographs, documents, and illustrations.
First printing. $6.95/$6.95.
Second printing. $10.95/$10.95.
- The Lost Dutchman Mining Corporation.
The Lost Dutchman: Arizona's richest mine is reality instead of a legend of the dim past. Phoenix: The Lost Dutchman Mining Corporation, 1920. Pamphlet, photocopy, 12 pages, with documents and photographs. Cover title. A prospectus for the Lost Dutchman Mining Corporation, touting their new mine located some four miles southeast of Fish Creek Hill. Included are several newspaper clippings, a copy of the Arizona Assay Office's report on the ore, nice photographs, a little verse penned by a convict in the Arizona State Penitentiary (see Val Jean Jr.), and even an application form for stock in the Lost Dutchman Mining Corp. (20,000 shares offered at $.50 per share). The second half comprises a version of the Lost Dutchman story (spelled Wolz here) written by Dr. Robert A. Aiton, Secretary and Treasurer, and of how the President of the corporation found the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine with the help of Old Jack, an Apache.
- Mason, Robert.
Verde Valley Lore. Scottsdale: L. J. Schuster Co. (Rio Verde: Robert Mason), 1997. Softcover, (22 cm.), iv, 158 pages, with index, map and photographs. More Verde Valley Lore. Phoenix: Phoenix Pub., 2004. Softcover (22 cm.), 218 pages, with index, map and photographs. Mason presents two interesting collections of short essays that originally appeared in The Fountain Hills Times. These well-researched essays cover the local history, the people, places, events, and geology of the Verde and Salt River basins adjacent to the Superstitions. Lots of interesting photographs. One of these stories became the basis for Mason's novel, The Burning, see the Fiction chapter.
- 1997. $8.95/$19, $17,$12; signed $10, $8.95 signed.
2004. $14.95/$14.95 signed.
- M.L. McPherson.
Superstition Mountain Prospecting: Searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine. Amazon Digital Services, 2018.
"In these memoirs, the author explains why prospecting for the Lost Dutchman Mine, circa 1968-1983, was both exciting and dangerous. Then he gives examples of treacherous encounters and unusual experiences that The Colorado Boys had in the infamous Superstition Mountains."
- Kindle. $7.95.
- Merworth, Tammy.
Dreams of Lost Gold. CreateSpace, 2012. Softcover, 72 pages, with photographs. "Curtis Merworth had a heart of gold and he was consumed during the last two years of his life trying to find the legendary Lost Dutchman Gold. He was positive that he had found the treasure located inside of Superstition Mountain. Unfortunately at the end like many before him, the mountain took his life along with two others. There have been many people who have searched for the lost gold. As of today no one has ever found the gold and most people who go looking for it never come back alive. The mountain is known for its harsh weather, the temperatures can get up to 120 degrees. According to legend the mountain has been cursed by the Apache Indians. The three men are now part of the history of the Lost Dutchman Gold." The author is Curtis Merworth's sister.
- Natoli, Marilyn.
Valentine Cowboy: the spirit of Apacheland. Apache Junction: DST Creative, 2006. Hardcover, xi, 144 pages, with 54 pages of color photographs. Title page: "A Story About a Town with Spirit." As stated on the dust jacket: "Valentine Cowboy is Marilyn's tribute to Apacheland Movie Ranch and the people that lived it and loved it. Marilyn had a vintage western photography studio in Apacheland that burned to the ground along with several other merchants' shops. Of the few remaining structures left standing, the Elvis Chapel and the Rifleman's Barn were spared from the ravenous flames. Step inside Valentine Cowboy and discover mystique, intrigue, humor, sadness, love and countless photographs that are sprinkled with the "Spirit of Apacheland." Dust jacket painting by Anne Coe. Photographs of the author. See also Sheffer below.
- $31.95/$31.95 signed.
- Nelson, Dick and Sharon.
Hiker's guide to the Superstition Mountains. Glenwood NM: Tecolote Press, Inc., 1978. Large pamphlet, 108 pages, with photographs and maps. Describes all of the major trails through the Superstitions. A handsome book.
- ?/$25.00, $11.00.
- The old prospector. Globe, 1978. 157 pages. Cover illustration by Troy Crossett. Contains four chapters about various stories associated with the Lost Dutchman Mine and Superstition Mountain.(GD) Introduction: "It has been a pleasure to gather and write these stories for the enjoyment of my fellowmen. Some of old Arizona mining history may be new to a great many, but still of interest. Some of my readers may find memories of "good old days" which bring a return measure of happiness. I surely hope that all will bring memories of joy instead of sorrow. Had it not been for past history we could not profit by the mistakes made by the old pioneers."
- Plazony, Steve.
Hiking the Superstition Wilderness: Lost Dutchman State Park. Amazon Digital Services, 2015. Kindle edition, 18 pages. "This book is a pictorial look at hiking the Superstition Wilderness in Arizona. This edition is a hike in Lost Dutchman State Park. The Treasure Loop trail winds around to the base of Superstition Mountain. All 32 photographs are my originals."
- Kindle. $2.99.
- Powers, Richard L., Superstition Mountain Historical Society, and Gila County Historical Society Museum.
Images of America: Apache Trail. Arcadia Publishing, 2009. Softcover, 128 pages with photographs. "Experience the rugged adventure of the developing Old West through historic photographs in a newly published book and companion postcard packet, Images of America: The Apache Trail and Postcards of America: Apache Trail (see title below). From the publisher's website: "Pres. Theodore Roosevelt once referred to the Apache Trail "as one of the most spectacular best-worth-seeing sights of the world." The once narrow, ancient foot trail built as a supply road for the construction of Roosevelt Dam has now evolved into a state highway with majestic scenic vistas and historical grandeur. Even in the 1920s, the Southern Pacific Railroad touted this road as a "must-see side trip." Each year, thousands of people venture along the trail to take a step back in time and relish the breathtaking experience of this fabulous journey. The Fish Creek Hill section remains much as it was back in the early 1900s, a narrow one-vehicle passage on an extremely steep incline that drops 900 feet within a mile along the edge of a steep cliff. Although several miles of the road are now paved, dirt portions remain that allow tourists a sense of perilous adventure."
- Powers, Richard L., Superstition Mountain Historical Society, and Gila County Historical Society Museum.
Postcards of America: Apache Trail. Arcadia Publishing, 2009. Softcover, 15 pages. "In this collection of vintage-photograph postcards, Richard L. Powers, the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, and the Gila County Historical Society Museum explore the road's past." The companion volume to the title above.
- Probert, Thomas.
Lost mines and buried treasures of the West: bibliography and place names from Kansas west to California, Oregon, Washington, and Mexico. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977. Hardcover with dust jacket, xviii, 593 pages. With Sikorsky, offers the most comprehensive bibliography on Lost Dutchman materials. Indexes books, articles and documents. The chapter The Lost Dutchman Mine and the Lost Peralta(?) Mines runs pages 25-38. Probert notes that "writers and storytellers have connected the Lost Dutchman Mine with the Peralta mines since circa 1914-1930 and since 1930 the connection has continued." This notion needs an update, see Davis.
- $22.50/$126, $60-$20 with dj.
- Sanders, Will.
Explore the Superstitions With Will Sanders. CreateSpace, 2017. Softcover, 92 pages. Kindle edition. Rabid Dog Publishing, 2017. 116 pages. Back cover: "Join Will as he explores the Superstitions. This is a collection of day hikes from most of the trailheads into the Superstition Wilderness." Also: "Short descriptions of day hikes throughout the Superstition Wilderness in Arizona."
- Kindle. $5.98.
- San Felice, Jack.
When Silver was King: Arizona's famous 1880s Silver King Mine. Mesa: Millsite Canyon Publishing, 2006. Softcover, iv, 371 pages, with maps and numerous photographs. This is a very thorough and detailed examination of all aspects of the fascinating history of the Silver King mine. Lots of important primary source material is presented. A very valuable addition to serious historical research, some of which pertains to topics in the tale of the Lost Dutchman mine.
- San Felice, Jack.
Superstition Cowboys. Mesa: Millsite Canyon Publishing, 2011. Softcover, ix, 256 pages, with maps and photographs. "The Superstition Cowboys and the ranches they worked on was a story waiting to be told. The first cowboys and their women were pioneers in a harsh desert mountain environment. The women raised their children and provided comfort to their men while living in rough-hewn cabins under harsh, primitive living conditions. Many of the early cowboys and vaqueros came from Texas and Sonora, bringing their longhorns and wild Mexican cattle with them. History must not forget these pioneers who helped make Arizona a great state, while providing beef for the hungry miners and settlers."
- Schoose, Bob.
Goldfield Boom to Bust, Arizona Territory 1893. Robert "Mayor Bob" Schoose, 2008. Softcover, 212 pages. "Narration by Mayor Bob Schoose."
- Schumacher, Carol A. and Danielle M. Tomerlin.
Superior and Queen Valley. Arcadia Publishing, 2011. Softcover, 128 pages. Images of America Series.
- Sheffer III, H. Henry and Sharyn R. Alger.
Gold is where you find it. Goldfield, Arizona, 1992. Apache Junction: Norseman Publications, 1995. Pamphlet, 18 pages, with maps and photographs. Limited edition of 250 numbered copies. A very brief sketch of the history of Goldfield.
- Sheffer, Hank.
The queen and her court: a true story of Apacheland Movie Ranch. Norseman Publications, 2007. Large pamphlet, 64 pages, with photographs and illustrations. Written and compiled by Sheffer ("The Old Storyteller"). Foreword by Marilyn Natoli. The Apacheland Movie Ranch burned in 2004. This is Sheffer's tribute to "the Queen," as he called it. An interesting presentation of comtemporary newspaper articles and Sheffer's notes on the history of Apacheland and the films and television series filmed there. Many fascinating photographs. Also see Natoli's book, above.
- $17.95/$17.95 signed.
- Sheridan, Michael F.
Superstition Wilderness guidebook. Phoenix: Sheridan/Lebeau Printing Company?, 1971. Softcover, 52 pages, with photographs, maps, and diagrams. Title page: "An introduction to the geology and trails including a Roadlog of the Apache Trail and trails from First Water and Dons Camp." On the cover a painting of Superstition Mountain by Julia Campbell. On the cover: "Superstition Wilderness / Guidebook / Geology and Trails." Includes a glossary and a bibliography and three unnumbered pages at the end for "Notes."
- First edition. Hardcover. ?/?
First edition. June 1971. $2.95/$25.00.
Second edition. March 1972. $2.95/$7.50.
Third edition. April 1975. $2.95/$7.50.
Fourth edition. March 1978. 54 pages. $3.95/?
- Sheridan, Michael F. and Jan Booth Sheridan.
Recreational guide to the Superstition Mountains and the Salt River lakes. Tempe: Impression Makers, 1984. Softcover, 86 pages, photographs and maps.
- $4.95/$15.00 signed, $7.50.
- Stimeling, Larry.
There's Snow on the Mountain. Nam-vet Publishing (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), 2016. Large softcover, 30 pages. Photographs by Larry Stimeling. "Photographs of the Superstition Mountain with snow on it." "Vietnam Veteran and Midwest native takes you to the Superstition Mountain east of Phoenix, Arizona to see the beauty of the mountain while it is covered with snow."
- Softcover. $10.00.
- Stuart, Sarah (Zola Crosby).
Eight golden orgies: Adams' bloody canyon of gold. Sarah Stuart, (circa)1985. Softcover, 136 pages, illustrations, photographs and maps. Cover title. Nice maps by Sarah Stuart. Part One, Adams' Bloody Canyon of Gold (pages. 1-86), Part Two, Seven Golden Orgies (pages 1-48). On the inside of the front cover "Author Zola Crosby Pseudonym Sarah Stuart." Part two contains a chapter on "Jacob Walz" that blames it all on highgrading from the Vulture Mine, and a chapter on the Peraltas.
- Superstition Mountain Historical Society.
Geology, Historical Events, Legends and Lore of the Superstition Mountains. Apache Junction: Superstition Mountain Historical Society, 2007. Spiral bound, 136 pages, with color illustrations. First printing March 2007.
- Swanson, James A. and Thomas J. Kollenborn.
Circlestone: a Superstition Mountain mystery. Apache Junction: Goldfield Press (Tempe: Webcrafters), 1986. Softcover, 118 pages, with maps and numerous photographs. Swanson and Kollenborn team up again, this time to write about the "Circlestone" structure in the eastern Superstition Mountain Wilderness. This is a large circular structure composed of stacked stone walls. An interesting history of how it was found and reasonable theories about what it is and who build it. This really is a mystery, but for the archaeologists, not treasure hunters. 5,000 copies printed.
- $5.95/$5.95, $6.95.
- Swanson, James A. and Thomas J. Kollenborn.
In the shadow of the Superstitions...: the history of Apache Junction Arizona. Apache Junction: Goldfield Press, 1990. Softcover, 90 pages, with numerous photographs, map. An excellent history of the Apache Junction area with lots of interesting photographs and anecdotes. There is only one Apache Junction! 2,500 copies printed.
- Talbert, Ruth S.
Superstition country and the Apache Trail. Apache Junction, 1972. Large pamphlet, 28 pages, with numerous color photographs and a map. Cover title. Talbert took the photographs. This is a nice photographic essay on the area.
- Tenny, Ted.
Goldfield Mountain Hikes. Baldwin Park: Gem Guides Book Co., 2006. Large paperback, 168 pages, with numerous photographs and maps. From the back cover: "The Goldfield Mountains are only 40 miles from Phoenix yet largely undiscovered. Hikers who visit the Goldfields experience a land of intricate and spectacular volcanic formations, ridges, canyons, arches, and a charming and vivacious upper Sonoran ecosystem. In this book, Ted Tenny, a lifelong outdoors enthusiast and master hiker guides you throughout this picturesque wilderness area on 33 meticulously charted routes. Each hike has a unique point of interest or scenic reward. Each is introduced with a listing including difficulty rating, distance, estimated time, elevation change and descriptive synopsis. Your hike in the Goldfields guided by Ted will be enhanced by 24 pages of gorgeous color photos, B&W photos throughout, 12 topographical maps with trails and annotated text references, GPS co-ordinates for trailheads and junctions, invaluable information and safety tips." An attractive publication.
- Waite, Mitchell.
Reading Treasure Map Signs and Symbols: Expanded Edition With More Symbols and Meanings. CreateSpace, 2011. Paperback, 124 pages. "An in depth look at reading treasure maps symbol by symbol. The book also proposes solutions for several well known Spanish treasure maps and symbols found in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. It goes even further and dicusses cactus markers for treasure trails in the deserts of the Southwest US and Mexico."
- Waltz, Levi.
Waltz family history and genealogical record, in family classification, comprising upward of 3000 names of lineal descendants of Frederick Reinhart Waltz. Dayton, Ohio: Reformed Publishing Company, Printer, 1884. Book, xvi, (17)-128 pages, 23 cm. Frederick Reinhart Waltz flourished, 1731.
- Waterstrat, Elaine.
Hoomothya's long journey 1865-1897: the true story of a Yavapai Indian. Fountain Hills: Fort McDowell Press, 1998. Softcover, xvii, 268 pages, with maps and photographs. See, Mike Burns in Core Works for more on Hoomothya.
- Weaver, Donald E.
Hieroglyphic Canyon: a petroglyph record of changing subsistance pattern. El Toro: American Rock Art Research Association, 1985. Large softcover, 34 pages. Museum of Nothern Arizona/American Rock Art Research Associaton, Monongraph No. 1.
- ?/$15.00, signed.
- Wells, Don and Jean Groen.
Foods of the Superstitions: Old and New. Jean Groen and Don Wells, 2003. Small spiral bound booklet, 85 pages with color photographs. Cover photo by Joanne West, other photos by Bernadette Heath. A number of plants in the Superstitions are profiled and recipes are provided for making use of each. Interesting and unique.
- $12.95/$12.95 signed.
- Wilburn, John D.
Goldfield Mining District geology and ore deposits. First edition. Apache Junction: General Business and Industrial Printing, 1997. Pamphlet, 32 pages, with photographs and maps.
- Wolfe, Hewitt "Coyote".
Prospectors of old. Globe, 1973. 193 pages. Cover illustration by Lyman Peace. Photograph of the author. Contains six chapters about various stories associated with the Lost Dutchman Mine and Superstition Mountain. (GD) From the first page: "The old prospector never will win a beauty contest. When one first meets him it is like seeing a man who never enjoyed the advantage of soap and water. Water is scarce and soap is a rare thing in his life. It may be weeks between baths or before he has water to use for washing his clothing. The only water he carries is for drinking and cooking, plus a portion for his burro. Often it is several days between springs or waterholes."
- Young, Samuel.
One Hundred Times Up Superstition Mountain. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Softcover, 228 pages. Kindle edition. Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2014. 127 pages (620KB). "Follow a man on a simple journey up and down a mountain. In this journey of self discovery bear witness to an encompassing change deep within an individual. Hear tails of his travels alone, and with traveling companions through the unforgiving terrain of the Superstition Wilderness of Arizona; as well as other locales. Observe how the simple act of going up and down a mountain slope can transform a person from a couch potato into a hungry adventurer."
Kindle edition. $2.99.
Superstition Mountain over the top of the Hotel
and rural Apache Junction, circa 1960
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