Large New Gallery Exhibit Chronicles “The Gold Seekers”
Visitors returning to the Exhibit Gallery in the Superstition Mountain Museum this season will be happy to see a large new exhibit, constructed over the summer, which now occupies the eastern wall of the gallery and presents photos, artifacts and information about the many of the better-known people who have spent years searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine.
“The Gold Seekers” focuses on some of the more famous, or infamous perhaps, prospectors and fortune seekers whose names have become forever linked to the Superstition Mountains and the century-plus quest for the source of the gold found under the bed of a an old German man who died in Phoenix in 1891. Few legendary treasures have enjoyed the notoriety and the unceasing ability to ignite interest, and sometimes “gold fever,” in the minds of those who learn of it. It is unarguably one of the most famous reputed bonanzas in the worlds.
Many have come searching for the lost mine. Some spent their entire lives looking for it. Some lost their lives looking for it.
The original gold seeker himself, Jacob Waltz, is represented in the exhibit. More than a dozen others, both men and women, are pictured and chronicled, chosen from among the hundreds of seekers because of their high profiles in the history of the search for the lost mine. Some of the searchers profiled in the exhibit are Julia Thomas, Rhinehart and Herman Petrasch, Adolph Ruth, Sims Ely, Al Reser, Brownie Holmes, Celeste Jones, Ed Piper, Sina Lewis and Walt Gassler.
There are dozens more faces and names of known serious “Dutch Hunters” that could be added to this exhibit. And, as long as the legend is re-told and the mountains stand, there will be more folks taking up the dream and following in the footsteps of the Dutchman.