Field producers Nina and Michelle relax between takes.
Lots of visible gold in this sample Ron Feldman says came from the Lost Dutchman's Mine.
Ron Feldman with son's Josh and Jessie and Scott.
Lost Dutchman, Jacob Waltz, is buried in a lonely part of the cemetery.
The photograph sent anonymously after I returned from the shoot shows rich gold ore inside what appears to be the secret location of the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.
The Lost Dutchman Mine mystery was a really fun episode because I had the chance to do several days of hard rock geology in the field. It brought back memories of my first job out of college as a field geologist looking for gold in Northern Minnesota with Mapco Minerals. Even though it was fun to be prospecting out in the desert, searching for clue's to Jacob Waltz's "honey hole" of gold ore was tough to do. It seemed like everyone I talked to thought they had it all figured out when clearly they didn't. Some thought the gold was a rich ore deposit while others thought it was a cache of gold bars, coins, or placer nuggets mined from a different location altogether. As you saw in the episode, some are convinced the Peralta Stones are definitely connected to the Lost Dutchman Mine when in fact, there is no clear indication on the stones it even is a map to a gold mine.
I've received a lot of emails from people who think they know where the gold mine is in the Superstition Mountains. While there definitely is gold in those mountains, I wasn't certain during the search that anybody living today knows where the mother lode is for certain. If they did, why would they say a word to anyone about it?
On the other hand, the photograph sent anonymously to me after we shot the episode clearly shows a spectacular amount of veins of gold inside what appears to be quartz host. The occurrence of gold in this photo could very well be the source of the sample Ron showed me that he said came from the Lost Dutchman Mine. One thing I know for sure is this large, gold-rich quartz vein was not from the Mammoth Mine Ron took me to. Even though Mammoth Mine was a reliable gold producer for several years, based on this photo (if legitimate) and the geology I saw, it can't be the Lost Dutchman.
What I can conclude is if the site in this photo truly is the mine where Jacob Waltz got his gold, the Lost Dutchman was, and apparently still is a gold-rich deposit and someone out there knows where it is. Maybe one day they'll take me there? If I had to wear a blind-fold so as to never reveal it's location, I'd be happy to so I could answer the question of it's existence once and for all.