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by Potbelly Jim
Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

Hi Randy! I'm not sure about indian origins of this particular structure, but I know what you mean. The lack of mortar for one, but who knows. That is a small time span that indigenous peoples didn't use mortar. I have found two more structures in the area that have period rifle shells and spoons th...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: LDM Discussions
Topic: The Legend of the Superstition Mountains
Replies: 129
Views: 81538

Re: The Legend of the Superstition Mountains

Scott, Whatever the Black Legion is or ever was, Valentines to the end of March sounds like a good time to be in the mountains. Just watch out for snakes... Be advised that the Supes are the most trampled over and searched area in all of Arizona, with the exception of the Grand Canyon. If there is a...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 7301

Re: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek

http://i1376.photobucket.com/albums/ah9/J0s1E/IMAG0172_zps3b9ace35.jpg Here's a pic of the brown crystals. Anyone know the history of this mine? It's within the public panning area and therefore no longer open to claim, and also subject to Nat'l Forest mineral extraction rules. The mine dump has mo...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 7301

Re: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek

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This is just inside the mine, and may be why they dug here. Appears to be azurite, but there were some brownish crystals that looked like someone had chipped out the biggest ones...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 7301

Re: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek

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Farther back along the main shaft. This shaft is relatively straight and is about 100ft long.
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 7301

Re: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek

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There's a shaft going straight down from the main shaft, but it's filled with water. This shaft was at least 30 feet deep. Dropped a rock down and followed it down with my flashlight about that far before I lost sight of it.
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: Drift Mine on Lynx Creek
Replies: 4
Views: 7301

Drift Mine on Lynx Creek

Here is another location I was wondering about. This is a hard-rock mine that followed a clay-filled crack in the solid rock mountain. Location 34 29 11N/112 21 55W. It's at the base of the mountain on the east side of Lynx Creek just south of Bannie Mine Rd. Here is a picture of the main shaft... h...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

http://i1376.photobucket.com/albums/ah9/J0s1E/IMAG0338_zpscb31344d.jpg Some of the walls have fallen down. Anyway, does anyone know what this structure is, or have any history on it? It's not far from the old stage route, Gillett, and on the road to top-top mine. Jack Swilling lived here and was ar...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

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On top of the mesa. The rock wall circles the entire top of the mesa, except for a small gap where you can climb up.
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

Holy smokes, I finally got it. OK, the pic above is in reference to the fort-like formation on a mesa about 1km west of the ghost town of Gillett. We are standing on the east side, looking up west. You can see the stacked stone wall on top of the mesa. There is only one way in.... http://i1376.photo...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

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Sorry. Still trying to figure out how to post pics.
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

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Still trying...
by Potbelly Jim
Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

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Trying to figure out how to post pictures. I'm all thumbs...
by Potbelly Jim
Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:45 am
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

Re: On the trail of Jack Swilling

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by Potbelly Jim
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Non LDM Lost Treasure, Mines, Old West, etc
Topic: On the trail of Jack Swilling
Replies: 19
Views: 19162

On the trail of Jack Swilling

All, I've been chasing down info on Jack Swilling, and made a trip to Gillett just to reconnect with the place. Unfortunately, there's not much left. The last time I'd been there was about 1982. I think it's on private property now, maybe it always has been, but it's about to vanish. Much has change...
by Potbelly Jim
Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:27 am
Forum: LDM Discussions
Topic: Donations needed to keep LDM website alive
Replies: 6
Views: 9772

Re: Donations needed to keep LDM website alive

Count, please contact me at my e-mail address re: sponsor for this site. Thanks, Jim
by Potbelly Jim
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: Around the Campfire
Topic: Say it Ain't So!
Replies: 1
Views: 5379

Say it Ain't So!

Hello everyone, Just wanted to say that this forum has given me a connection to my home over the years that was desperately needed during military deployments and the other life events that keep me away from AZ. I haven't posted much as I don't really have any expertise to add, but I have tried to k...
by Potbelly Jim
Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: LDM Discussions
Topic: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?
Replies: 111
Views: 57990

Re: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?

Hi Oroblanco, Sorry you got claim-jumped, Brother. I can only imagine how frustrating that would be to see someone working your claim after they stole it. Hope they savor the taste of that big bite of bad karma samwich! Well I sure got off on a rant. I guess I believe in the possibility there is a L...
by Potbelly Jim
Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:12 am
Forum: LDM Discussions
Topic: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?
Replies: 111
Views: 57990

Re: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?

Sorry, would like to revise and extend my remarks... :oops: "... was thinking about the George Holmes discovery..." I meant Roberts, not Holmes. And my theoretical scenario on saloon conversations...I should have said "insert any claims commonly attributed to Petrash or Holmes here". Maybe neither o...
by Potbelly Jim
Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:02 am
Forum: LDM Discussions
Topic: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?
Replies: 111
Views: 57990

Re: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?

Hi Mike, You’re right about the CA placering/hydraulicking. Wasn’t thinking about that, was thinking about the George Holmes discovery of a vein while out “cutting timber”, and the story that Waltz was “sent for” or somehow involved in the mining of it prior to hitting the water table. I may be wron...
by Potbelly Jim
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: LDM Discussions
Topic: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?
Replies: 111
Views: 57990

Re: The Lost Dutchman Mine: Does it exist?

Howdy, new guy to the forum here. Grew up in AZ and still spend alot of time there prospecting, have property there, etc. Learned about the Dutchman from Grandad. I personally have doubts about Jacob Waltz having a mine in the Supes, and its something I always come back to when I start thinking the ...
by Potbelly Jim
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: LDM Discussions
Topic: Lost Peraltas Mine and diggings
Replies: 2
Views: 2778

Re: Lost Peraltas Mine and diggings

Howdy, Sounds like the area you are describing is at the eastern end of Horse Mesa. There's a mountain on the north side of the Apache Trail that might be what you're looking for. I've done my share of sliding around and falling down in that area. I misspent my youth up there and over in the McDowel...