Lust for Dutchman's Gold
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On the trail a mile below Weavers Needle, we scrambled across a rock ledge that blocked our view of everything beyond. Seconds later we stared into the muzzles of five rifles aimed directly at us. The men standing in front of us looked out of place on this April day in 1962. Their clothing and appearance would have been common a hundred years earlier. We were to later learn that this was the Burns Crew.
This rough bunch of characters were convinced they were on the verge of solving the hundred-year-old mystery—the location of the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine. Legend has it that it was supposedly located somewhere in the rugged, deadly Superstition Mountains of Arizona.
From an early age, the author was an adventurer, hunting, fishing, and camping out in remote places. He grew up in Arizona and went on to become a forester and a big-game packer and guide.
His fascination in the Lost Mine began at the age of twelve. He read everything he could find about the mine and the Dutchman. This is the story of his personal encounter with a group who were lured into the Superstitions by gold fever—a Lust for Dutchman's Gold—that continues to lure treasure hunters into these mountains with visions of striking it rich.