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Oracle, Arizona and the Old West's Largest Gold Legend

By William "Flint" Carter

Little known but largely involved, Oracle, Arizona has been the epicenter for over a century of a literary and film adventure still alive and growing concerning Gold.

We all have heard of "The Mine With The Iron Door" legend and most know the film by the same name, which was shot in and near Oracle, AZ.

Most are not aware that the film was re-done four times over six decades. One was "The Secret of Treasure Mountain" in 1955 and "McKennas Gold" in 1968, both were partial re-writes.

From the beginning, the crux of the epic legend is Gold. There is a saying that Gold does not breed co-operation and therefore any research will yield outrageous and highly controversial assumptions.

Joseph Michael has a line in a song called "Gold Town" which says "Gold still glitters in the ground, hidden secret, like a laughing clown".

As most can imagine, anything on the surface is gone, along with the huge galleries mined by large corporations under growld. For millenniums, mankind has ground and smelted any rock even thought to contain gold with most deposits now depleted. Today, the heavy yellow metal approaches $1,000.00 an ounce compared to $8.00 when the Anglos started coming to the area.

At the Oralce Steakhouse & Lounge, in Oracle, Arizona, is a display of the stones that started the legend. Gold and Silver ores in quartz visible with the naked eye.

The "Cody Stone", named for Buffalo Bill Cody and from his lost mines near Oracle, is now in eight museuns world wide and in the National Mining Hall of Fame.

Today in Nevada, 500 tons of ore are required to produce 1 oz of Gold. Particles so small that they can not even be seen with a microscope are recovered.

The "Cody Stone" should not be confused with refined gold and silver, as in nature more than one element is present. For example, Galena = Silver and Lead, Chalcopyrite = Copper Gold.

No two stones are the same and vary in amounts of gold and silver. However, the stones are extremely rare and make very attractive pieces of jewelry, preserving our local Heritage. Very little of the rich deposits remain, but there was a time when the hills were alive with people delving in the earth for its treasure. The artist who discovered, produced and is promoting the stones is W T Flint Carter, who has been in the area going on forty years.

Historian Flint Carter

About the Artist, Author

William Thomas Carter, "Flint" to his friends, is an artist and author born in 1947 in Danville, Illinois. After attending Danville High School, he served in Panama during the Vietnam conflict at the Latin American Headquarters Post. He received the National Defense and Good Conduct medals. Returning home, Flint attended Danville Junior College and later Southern Illinois University. Special interest in the design department, headed by Buckminster Fuller, inspired the building of Arizona's first solar heated and cooled museum.

Contact Flint Carter at 520-289-4566.

Cody Stone Jewelry by Flint Carter

Purchase true gold and silver in quartz jewelry exclusively mined, designed and fabricated by Flint Carter. Call 520-289-4566

Gold & Silver from the Catalina Mts.

CODY STONE Sunrise Set, two pieces, $10,000 each, 14k, Michael Garcia & Flint Carter artist ORIGINAL. Can be seen at The Oracle Inn Steakhouse, Oracle, AZ. Only five Michael Garcia pieces remaining.

OTHER CODY STONE JEWELRY AVAILABLE! Prices range from $20 to $25,000. Call Flint Carter at 520-289-4566 for more information. Mention the Iron Door web site.

Cody Stone Iron Door MineRING

Gold and Silver in Quartz ring size 11. 3/4" width, 1 1/8" height. $1200.

Cody Stone Iron Door MinePENDENT

Silver in Quartz, huge pendent and chain. 1 3/4" width at edges, 1 1/2" height. $1400.

Cody Stone Iron Door MineBRACELET

Gold and Silver in Quartz with orange, pink and white matrix. Stone: 1 1/2" height, 1" width at widest edge. $1800.

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