Lecture – Teton Ken – The Lost Dutchman & His Mine

Pink Icon Man - Lecture Event Date(s): 01/05/2017     Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Our annual Lecture Series traditionally kicks off with an exciting talk about the Lost Dutchman, Jacob Waltz, and his infamous lost gold mine. This year’s opening talk about Teton Kenthe Dutchman will be presented by our own “Dutchman in Residence” Teton Ken. Ken not only looks the part, but knows his history, too, as well as the Superstition Mountains.

Ken and his mules have spent many hours in the Superstition Mountains searching for the Dutchman’s treasure; he and his mules have also packed many a “Dutch-hunter,” hiker and film crew into (and out of) the Superstition and Goldfield Mountains.


Teton Ken spent several years at Apacheland entertaining as a Western re-enactor and giving stagecoach rides until the tragic fire destroyed the movie ranch. He is an avid mule and donkey trainer and an accomplished actor with many credits to his name.

In the winter months, you can find Teton Ken and his mules here at the museum on weekends and during special events, giving burro rides to kids and adults, and throwing Teton Ken and (Daisy the Donkey) Friendinto the mix a few whimsical stories, a couple of magic tricks, and a song or two, as well. In addition to his mules, he often brings Penny, the Piano-playing chicken.

Ken will keep you enthralled with his anecdotes and stories about the Dutchman. Learn just who Jacob Waltz was, where he came from, the facts regarding his life and death in Phoenix, and just how the clues (and gold!) he left behind have kindled a flame of interest that has only grown over the years into a mother lode of history and mystery.

Ken will be introduced by Clay Worst, one of the charter members of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society and a long-time Board member and volunteer. Clay is also an old “Dutch Hunter,” having spent a good portion of his life in the Superstitions searching for the Dutchman’s gold.

The lecture begins at 2:00. Bring your lawn chairs, as seating for this event fills up fast. While you are waiting for the lecture to begin, you can buy a delicious hot dog or tamale from Pat the Hot Dog Lady. Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the museum for continuing education programs.

  • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.
  • Please, no smoking on the property.
  • Please put your cell phone on vibrate during the lecture or turn it off.

Buy a raffle ticket! As a Self-supporting organization that receives no federal, state, or local funding, we rely on revenues generated by our gift shops, events, and fundraisers. As one of our fundraisers, at each week’s lecture we raffle off an item from our gift shop, usually something that is related to the lecture topic for the day. Raffle tickets are priced at 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Winning tickets are drawn from tickets sold that day. Winner must be present to win.

Season-long special raffle fundraiser kicks off today! Don’t forget to buy some tickets for this season’s special fundraising raffle of an exquisite coral and silver necklace and earring set created by the renowned Native 2016-2017 Season fundraising raffle prize - exquisite coral and silver necklace and earring set handmade by renowned Native American master silversmith Tommy Jackson.American Navajo Silversmith

Tommy Jackson. Tommy’s jewelry is considered to be “investment quality” jewelry and is collected by many discerning collectors. Tickets will be on sale at all of our events, with the drawing to be held at the conclusion of our lecture series finale musical concert featuring Ron and Tara Houser.You need not be present to win this raffle.

We appreciate your support and participation in our raffle fundraisers.

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