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Arizona's Gold Rush

Legends of buried mines and treasures of the Santa Catalinas

Iron Door Mine Cody Stone

Arizona had its own gold rush starting in the 1880s. It still hasn't ended.

The Santa Catalina Mountains and the Cañada del Oro- Canyon of Gold has drawn thousands in search of the precious yellow mineral.

The secrets of the lost mines and buried treasures of gold and silver hidden in the mountains still stir the imagination.The Lost Dutchman Mine and the Iron Door Mine is one of the most famous lost treasure legends in Arizona.

The story of the Iron Door mine begins somewhere near Tucson, Arizona in the Santa Catalina Mountains, according to tradition a few centuries ago.

Learn about the legends and history of the Catalinas– read chapters and download a FREE PDF from the new book Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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The Arizona Gold Rush 1880s

There is - or was - a great mine that contained gold mined from the inner basin of the Cañada del Oro riverbed. The gold was mined by the natives. But, it wasn't their choice.

The legend of the Iron Door Mine has the Spanish missionaries, and military, controlling the mines for their own and using the natives as slaves. Time passes, the location of the mine disappears, then it is found, then disappears off and on for centuries. While some of history does confirm portions of this story, the legend of a lost mission, a lost city and lost mine still endure.

Newspaper articles, family stories and some archeological evidence and historical documentation has uncovered some truth to this legend.

Lost civilizations of the mountains

The Legend of the Iron Door Mine

Videos on the Santa Catalinas

Touring Arizona with Jeff Reed

Arizona is perfect anytime of the year. Jeff Reed takes you on a journey throughout the state. Whether you are a tourist, a resident or expecting visitors there are many places close by Phoenix or Tucson that can make the day-trip very special.

The Arizona Renaissance Festival gets ready for new year

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is one the biggest outdoor events in Arizona. This coming year will be even better.

Held every February through April every year, the Arizona Renaissance Festival brings the middle ages to the 21st Century with the recreation of an entire village.

The annual Renaissance Festival has entertainment, music, jugglers, jousting, shoppes and plenty of food, especially the famous turkey drumsticks.

The schedule of events for each weekend of activities is posted at the beginning of the year.

See what's planned for this upcoming Arizona Renaissance Festival.

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