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Jacob Waltz or Waizer or Wolz or Walls or Walts or Walz; he wrote it WALTZ, was apparently a native of Germany. He probably was born in Wurtenburg and came to the United States in 1839, when he was about twenty-nine years old. On September 12, 1848 he signed a deceleration of intention to become an American citizen in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi and completed this in Los Angeles, California on July 19th, 1861. He died in Phoenix on October 25, 1891. These are documented facts.
It is believed that he went from Mississippi to California during the gold rush. He is thought to have been included in the Census , October 27, 1850; City and County of Sacramento, p.171; Dwelling No. 717. Later he worked in the placer mining camps of the San Gabriel River. Waltz under the name Walls, is included in the Census July 24, 1860; County of Los Angeles, Azusa township. Gold had been discovered in the canyon in 1854. The first plaque ever erected by E Clampus Vitus commemorates the forgotten miner responsible for this discovery
Torrential rains struck Southern California in late 1861 and early 1862. Thirty-nine inches were reported to have fallen in December and January. Needless to say this completely decimated the work of the gold seekers in the San Gabriel Canyon.
The discovery of gold on the east bank of the Colorado River, by Pauline Weaver, apparently brought Waltz to Arizona. Although his name does not appear among the early mining claims of the La Paz area his name is among those who filed a claim on September 21, 1863 on the Gross Lode in the Pioneer District of Yavapai County. This claim was described as being located twelve miles, more or less, from Walkers Placer Diggings. It was later refiled upon, according to the records of the Turkey Creek Quartz Mining District.
Waltz continued in the Prescott area, at least until March 11, 1864, when he joined in the signing of a petition to Governor John N. Goodwin. This petition demanded that protection be provided to the settlers from the Indians. This was to be done by either regular troops or militia Waltz was recorded in the Special Territorial Census of May 1864 in the Prescott area as entry number 1008. By September of 1864 he had migrated south and slightly west of Prescott, filing a claim on the Big Rebel Lode which was recorded on January 7, 1865. It is important to note that after this date, Jacob Waltzs name never appeared on any mining claim in the Arizona Territory.
During this period an individual miner did little more than discover evidence of a drift. He lacked the capital to develop a mine and the majority of claims were more boast and brag! The hope was always present that some syndicates would appear who would juice the come line and then, the discovering individuals, or groups, could cash in and explore further in other regions.
There is no clear picture of the happenings of the next several years. In April 1868, Jacob Waltz had recorded improvements on a 160-acre freehold. This property lay one-eighth mile south of Buckeye Road and 16th. This insignificant piece of land fell into slum conditions, but is easily recognized as being one mile west of Sky Harbor Airport and today being very, very valuable! One need not go to the Superstition Mountains to find the Bonanza of the Dutchman!
There is no hard historic information relative to Jacob Waltz in the immediate years ahead. Records show that in 1878, Waltz deeded his Phoenix property to an Andrew Starar. He continued to live on this land, although it was reported that he went regularly on extended prospecting trips. Despite the wild declamations of those who would lead you to believe that "THE DUTCHMAN" had a hidden source of wealth, there is no evidence to support this contention. Review of newspapers of the time fail to make any reference to him and it is apparent that during this period he lived in a fashion which would not attract attention. Hardly the pattern that accesses to enormous wealth would have been expected to demonstrate.
Jacob Waltz died on October 25, 1891. A major flood in mid-February 1891 apparently had treed him. Who was responsible for his rescue and whether he had tied himself in a tree can not be determined. It was only after his death that there were questions and ultimately wild speculation.
During the last part of his life he appears to have been cared for by a lady of color, Julia Thomas. Some reports suggest that the Petrash family helped in his rescue after the flood and became close to him. Various authors supply other details. It was not until after Jacob Waltzs death that the questions of there being a super-abundant-rich-rich-rich-mine were ever raised.
The newspapers reported some of the attempts to locate the source of the reported wealth of "The Dutchman". None were successful and a litany of stories developed which magnification the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine. Numerous authors have tried to put together a plausible and "historically" correct desiccation of this legend. Several prototype scenarios are available for manipulation.
1: AZTEC GOLD was brought to the mountains under the direction of Guatomizin, who had married the daughter of Montezuma, Nezetin. After the initial repulse of Cortes, Guatomizin required that a constant watch be kept which would alert him if invaders returned. When there was evidence that such was to be the case, it is reported that he had all the movable treasure of the empire transported away. This was done and it was hidden in the Superstition Mountains. It is postulated that this was the same treasure to which Dr. Thorne was lead to by the Apaches, although he could have been led to treasure created by legend 2.
2: The Paralta family of Sonora came to this part of Arizona and discovered a productive mine. According to the story, Pedro Paralta, after developing the mine, was bringing gold back to Sonora when Apaches attacked him. Many men were killed and the mules, which the Apaches sought for food, were widely dispersed and butchered. Legend would tell that all the men were killed but one of his sons escaped. Later, either Pedros remaining brothers, Manuel and Ramon, or a son of Pedros, who had escaped the massacre, became indebted to Waltz and an individual accompanying Waltz,
Unfortunately, Wiser is not to be found on any census or other record. Allegedly Waltz and Wiser rediscovered the mine, either with a Paralta, or independently, with the aid of a map. Wiser was killed either by Indians or he was murdered by Waltz. Prior or subsequent to this Waltz reputedly hid the nearly pure gold that was present. Later on, without working the mine, he retrieved the gold from a variety of hiding places, which he had created.
There is historic evidence that the Perlatas developed a mine in Arizona, but it was not located in the Superstitions.
3: This story would have Waltz led to the Apache Cache of gold by his lithesome lover, a sweet young and impressionable Indian maiden, [the kind all Clampers dream about]. Whether the gold was from the panniers of the Mexican Burros that the Paralta family had been using when attacked by the Apaches, or was just lying there from the early Aztec deposition of their wealth in the sanctuary of the Superstitions, can not be answered. Certainly if $70,000 worth of gold was present it weighed in excess of 300 pounds and this was a heavy load!
4. To give support to there being a lost mine in the Superstitions the legend of the two young soldiers can be used. The story suggests that having completed their tour of duty, with no experience in exploration, these men decided to go across the Superstition Mountains. While in transit they found some odds and ends of rock, which, according to a mining engineer, represented very rich ore. They attempted to retrace their steps and were never seen alive again.
5. Every author has developed his particular biases for any story that is presented. All insist, despite the apparently poor circumstances under which Jacob Waltz lived, that he was in possession of information leading to an immensely rich accumulation of gold ore; in fact, an extraordinarily rich mine from which gold could be lifted in literately pure form.
All historic evidence suggests that this was not the case. The accounts suggest that during the last days of his life, Waltz was an old, and perhaps dreamy, wish-fulfilling man, who gave a description of a mine to his nurse and benefactors.
"The late afternoon sun shines into the mouth of my Mine. I can see the Military Trail from my cave, but you cannot see my cave from the Trial! I have only to climb a little distance and I can see Weaver' s Needle."
Whether these were instructions to a dream lode of gold, or the creation of literary Dons who above all wish to believe that the rainbow sits upon an unimaginable bonanza, can not be determined. This author, would hide behind his holy raiments and summon heavenly hosts, who are as real as the images presented in ADAM WAS A CLAMPER, and thus lead the acolytes to the shimmering hereafter of all the gold mines in the sky.
Bob 'country doctor' Stragnell XNGH
Clampatriarch Lost Dutchman Chapter 5917 ECV
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