Bradshaw Lost Treasure Stories
In the Bradshaw Mountains there are many
stories about lost gold and hidden
treasure. I have heard these stories
through the years from ranchers, miners and
found them in the archives at Sharlott Hall
past, miners, robbers and regular folks
didn't use banks but instead hid their
valuables and money. There were many years
that towns didn't even have banks available
for funds. Gold and silver was a currency
commonly used to buy goods and services.
Miners were well known for storing up and
hiding their finds over a period of time and
when they had enough they would gather it up
and head into town to cash it all in. The
problem was that sometimes they never made
it, succumbing to accidents, Indian attacks
I will mention a few
of these stories here to encourage your
interest and curiosity. Perhaps you will
begin the search for lost treasure and dream
of the possibility of becoming very rich
yourself! Keep in mind these kinds of
stories get embellished over time, but it's
still fun to ponder finding lost riches.
I have only searched
for one (French Creek gold) in my younger
years with my father in law and wife. No, we
never did find the lost treasure only
American Indian artifacts, which we left, so
it's still out there somewhere.
Below are four short
stories and 16 more even shorter accounts.
Bradshaw history, there is the story of two
French miners that worked a creek near Ship
Rock for gold and silver. Apache Indian
activity was very active in this area as it
was near the still undiscovered secret hot
springs that we now call Castle Hot Springs.
These miners happened to find a great amount
of gold which they hid in a small cave along
or near the creek. As with most greed (gold
fever) got the best of these two souls and
they stayed longer than they should have.
An Apache war party eventually found them
and killed them both. The gold has never
been recovered to this day and sits in a
small cave somewhere along or near the
creek. In remembrance of these two Frenchman
the creek was named French Creek. This is
the one lost treasure I have spent time
looking for, but only found Hohokam ruins
When the dam was
about to burst at Walnut Grove, a loan rider
was dispatched to warn people who lived down
stream of the danger within the Hassayampa
River. Directly below the dam was a saloon
with a safe inside that was said to be
stuffed with gold. The person who was
supposed to warn the others of possible
impending doom stopped in the saloon to warn
them, but instead of warning them, he is
said to have stayed quite a spell becoming
intoxicated and quickly forgot his mission.
Later that night the worst disaster in
Arizona's history occurred, when the massive
Walnut Grove Dam burst and killed from 50 to
150 people down stream. The saloon was the
first to go along with the safe stuffed with
gold. Below this old dam site now lies a
loaded safe somewhere within the Hassayampa
On a Rainy
men steered a wagon down through CrazyBasin.
Aboard the wagon were gold bars. Once they
reached Turkey Creek they tried to cross but
the wagon and gold were washed down stream.
People searched for years for this gold to
no avail. The gold bars have never been
found to this day.
Many are convinced
that the lost Dutchman gold mine is located
in the Bradshaw's instead of the
Superstition Mountains. This theory recently
gained momentum once again with the
publication in 2013 of yet another book
purporting such a claim. Pat Parish,
Dutchman and the Devil: The Lost Story.
There is evidence that "Dutchman" Jacob
Waltz actually lived and worked a mine near
Walnut Grove. Even a rock feature there is
said to have been named by him and most
believe this was before he moved on to the
Superstition range. But could the fabled
lost Dutchman Gold Mine be somewhere in the
Bradshaw's? Jacob said on his death bed that
one could -be standing near the mine and
still not see it. His gold finds were
Below we list a few
more that may be worth searching out. Happy
Lynx Creek above Fain Lake is known for
its rich gold deposits.
Oscar Johnson's Hidden Treasure: Oscar
was a recluse miner living in McCabe and
buried his earnings and more near his
cabin in the town McCabe.
Lynx Creek Hidden Indian Treasure:
During 1864, miners struck a rich gold
deposit on Lynx Creek worth about
$30,000 in nuggets. Indians killed the
miners took their gold and hid it.
The Lost Silver of Dead Apache's: A
treasure known as the Silver of Dead
Apache's is hidden in the Bradshaw
Bumble Bee Treasure: Several hundred
pounds of gold is lost in a drainage
near Bumble Bee. A second Treasure story
about the Bumble Bee area has 80,000 in
gold nuggets hidden and is known as the
Lost Bronco Canyon Gold.
Golden Bars Treasure: Seventy-five
thousand in gold bars is buried in the Bradshaws.
Seymour's Stage Coach Money: Seymore
successfully robbed and hid money from
stage coaches along the Black Canyon
stage route until he was caught.
Lost Granite Dells Gold Dust Bags:
During a surprise Indian attack in the
Granite Dells area, several miners
quickly buried bags of gold.
Yeager's Lost Gold: This treasure is
located near Yeager Canyon.
Red Aimer's Buried Coins: Red buried
$8,000 in gold coins in the near
The Lost Treasure of Lone Lost Ledge:
treasure near Skull Valley.
Zonia's Hidden Treasure: Mexican gold
and silver coins is buried in the
vicinity of Kirkland and Hillside.
Kneeling Knee Treasure: A chest
containing over $100,000 in gold was
quickly buried by a miner who was being
followed by hostile Indians, under a
boulder shaped like kneeling man in the Bradshaws.
Golden Cup Treasure: Treasure hidden on
Japanese Gold: While being pursued by
lawmen, two Mexican outlaws hid $30,000
in gold along Weaver Creek near Stanton.
Monte Christo Mine Hidden Treasure:
Fifty thousand dollars in gold and
silver was kept hidden in or near this
Granite Mountain Strong Boxes: The
strongboxes from several stagecoach
robberies are buried somewhere on