Lost Dutchman Chapter 5917 Arizona
"Clamper Guido" Fauci
GOLDFIELD MINING DISTRICT
In November 1892, a year and a month after the death of Jacob "Dutchman" Waltz, four prospectors from Mesa, Arizona searched the area west and north of Superstition Mountain. They found the crumbling remains of mine shafts on a very old mining camp believed to have been Old Spanish activity. Thus encouraged, J.R. Morse, C.R. Hakes, Orrin Merrill and Orlando Merrill staked claims, the first of which was the "Lucky Boy". Morse finally found a quartz vein outcrop containing gold. This led to the location of the Black Queen, Black King, Tom Thumb, Mother Hubbard and Mammoth claims.
In 1873 Charley Hall and Dennis Sullivan of Denver, Colorado leased
exploration rights on these claims with option to purchase. For six months the Black Queen
produced modest returns.
Then, on April 8, 1893, a cloudburst storm sent a flash flood down
Goldfield Wash. An area of bedrock was exposed that was laced with gold! This was on the
Mammoth claim. A shaft was sunk that followed a lode so rich it was called "The Glory
Hole" and later "The Mormon Stope". This ore body was 30 feet wide, 200
feet long and 100 feet thick
By October 1893 the town of Goldfields boomed with about 30 buildings and
1500 residents. Stamp mills pounded the gold from the ore and production was phenomenal!
Nature struck again in November 1897 when another storm caused the failure
of a local dam and the water flooded the Mammoth Mine. The mine was closed and after only
four years the town of Goldfields was abandoned. Hall bought out Sullivan in 1904, then he
died in Denver. Hall's sister sold the Mammoth and other claims to George Young.
Young re-opened operations in 1910 by setting up a large steam driven
electric power plant and three pumps that drained the Mammoth. Goldfields came to life
again! Young died in 1925 and the waters once again reclaimed the Mammoth.
After Young's death Mr. Severinghaus, mine superintendent, re-opened the
Black Queen. An extremely rich gold vein was found which led to highgrading by the miners.
The Sheriff was called in, the miners scattered and the Black Queen closed down.
In 1929 and 1933 the Apache Trail Gold Mining Company attempted to work
the Mammoth with little success.
Mammoth, Bull Dog, Black Queen, Old Wasp, Bluebird,
Last Modified: January 01, 2015