The lost loot at Gillett ghost town!

The lost loot at Gillett ghost town!

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The lost loot at Gillett ghost town!

People being robbed next to the stagecoach, at gunpoint

Arizona’s Wild West was full of violence and lawlessness. And there are many, many tales of millions and millions of loot missing in the great Az. In fact, this is just one story in the amount of $68,000 still remaining in the Gillett ghost town! Unfortunately, it is on private land and you can’t just go on somebody’s private property! Unless, you get permission to!

What is left of the mining town called Gillett, what is left of the Burfind hotel

This is a true story that you are reading. It happened in the county of Yavapai in a town that is usually miss spelled, named Gillett, but often called Gillette. Like the razor used to shave a man’s face.Gillett was founded in 1878 and named after Dan B. Gillett, the developer of the Tip top mine. Founded by the superintendent of the Tip Top mine, where the mill was located.

Tip top mine
The shaft of Tip top mine

Gillett had six streets, a mill, post office, bank, Assay office, Hotel, lumberyard, dairy warehouse, two blacksmiths, two stagecoach stations, four stores, nine saloons, four stores and houses for gambling.

There was a blacksmith named Henry Seymour. He also had a side job called robbing the Wells Fargo wagon. He was super fast at it, so he was called “Ghost bandit” Why? Because he would go rob the stagecoach and head back to his blacksmith job before the stagecoach got back into Town! No one suspected him!

In 1882, Seymour robbed three of them and had accumulated $68,000. That’s a lot of money back then. A deputy by the name of Henry Garfia, a Mexican American was hired to investigate the case. He was very good at his job!

Henry Garfia was the first Mexican-American to become first Marshall of Phoenix

Garfia was told by witnesses that they saw Seymour on the last robbery, holding a rifle under his arm and carrying a bunch of sacs. Garfia decided to go to the Agua Frida river to catch Seymour.

Agua Frida river in Gillett

Garfia saw Henry Seymour walking up to this area and arrested him on the spot!Seymour was arrested and sent to prison, never to return to Gillett, Az.! So what happened to the loot? Where did he hide it? Well no one knows exactly and it remains a mystery! There is not much left of Gillett ghost town except the hotel ruins. A place in our desert that remains a mystery! Maybe one day, someone will find it, or maybe not.

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The Sobaipuri & Papago of Patagonia Lake

The Sobaipuri & Papago of Patagonia Lake

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The Sobaipuri & Papago of Patagonia Lake

This site of petroglyphs is considered sacred and can only be viewed once a month by tour only
A Sobaipuri Native American
Lake Patagonia in November of 2019

Between 1400-1900, The Sobaipuri (Soba’s) “spotted”. They had large white dots all over them. These native’s were a subgroup of O’odam or Pima along with Papago Indians lived in The Patagonia lake/Sonoita creek area.

The Sobaipuri where around when the Europeans first entered the southwest. They are the most studied protohistoric (late prehistoric and early historic) are less studied than most other time periods, especially in that area. The Sobaipuri were said to be very muscular and very honorable peaceful people. The pottery made by them was very simple. It was Eusebio Kino, a.k.a Father Kino, in 1691 was traveling along the Santa Cruz river, when he met the leaders of the Sobaipuri tribe.

Eusebio Kino A.k.a Father Kino, he explores the region and worked with the Papago (desert people, also known as Tohono O’odham ,

An archaeologist by the name of Deni Seymour has studied the Sobaipuri for the last thirty years and has documented over 80 sites by them.

Archaeologist, Deni Seymour

In 1994, 3 sites were found in the Santa Rita Mts., that may have been used as getaway sites, since the Apache Indians were “bullies” and they wanted to getaway from the Spanish. Also may have been used for hunting and gathering. The houses they made were small dome shaped elongate and oval, 6-7 ft long and about 5 ft. Tall.

It is believed the Apaches drove the Sobaipuri out of the region. The Pima Indians referred to the Papago, as “bean eaters”as they were highly competitive.

Here is a Tohono O’dham lady in 1890, they are known as highly skilled basket weavers, very beautifully crafted!

Tohono O’dham lady circa 1890

The petroglyphs found near Lake Patagonia are of deer, snakes, some represent gods or humans and is a 3 mile hike.

Here is one of the petroglyphs found near Lake Patagonia

You can only access these by a representative.

Up on the bridge at the lake

So, if you go exploring and find an arrowhead that is serrated with a distinctive basal notch, it’s from the Sobaipuri!

The entrance fee at Lake Patagonia is $15 during weekday and $20 on weekends, a great place to fish, walk the birding trail and camp out!. The number to call for questions is #520-287-6965. Also, there are Great off-road trails there, you can find them on Alltrails.com or use the resources I wrote in my article on where to find off-road trails! Have fun!

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Tonto National Forest & The Indian, Tonto in the Lone Ranger show

The Lone Ranger played a Texas Ranger (Clayton Moore) and his Native Indian friend , Tonto, (Jay Silverheels)The word Tonto is named after The Tonto apaches

While driving up through Tonto National Forest, on our way through Young, Az., I started wondering about the Indian, Tonto in the Lone Ranger show that aired back from 1947-59! Well, I actually use to watch it when I was a kid, did any of you? Tonto was made to become The lone rangers friend, one he could confide in and trust. The Lone Ranger saved Tonto as a young kid and later befriends him. The two are great together in the show and overcome many obstacles as a team.

Jay Silverheels portrays Tonto, as a positive and very wise Indan
Jay Silverheels made a million, playing Tonto, he died of a stroke at 67 and made a million dollars off “The Lone Ranger”

The Lone Ranger went by a strict code put in place by a man named Striker and it reads this;

I believe to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this world a better world. That god put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for what is right, that a man should make the most of what equipment he has that this government of the people and for the people shall live always. That man shall live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. Sooner or later, somehow, we must settle with the world and make payment of what we have taken and that all things change, the truth alone lives on forever, in my creator, my country and my fellow man. Tonto also starred in his own comic published by Dell. Another comic with a Native American was by Marvel named after the “Apache kid” ( read article on him)

Driving through Tonto National forest Is a fantastic day trip through Young and past the beautiful Haigler creek!
Haigler creek area is stunning and tranquil! A good place for picnic and drive through Tonto National Forest!

The Tonto National Forest is the largest of the six national forests here in Arizona. It has a very diverse landscape with elevations ranging from 1400 in the Sonoran to 7,400 in the Ponderosa pines of the Mogollan rim. Established in 1905 to protect its watersheds & reservoirs with 350,000 acre ft. Of water! Tonto National Forest has 6 major reservoirs and can store 2 million acre ft of water and is home to many pre-historic Indian tribes. Also, Tonto Apache reservation is located inside this forest at Payson and use it to grow plants and other traditional purposes.

The Forest has a history of producing copper, gold , silver,lead, zinc and many other metals.

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The legend of Apache tears and the history of Superior, Az.

The cliffs of Apache leap stand 4,728 ft above sea level!

In July of 1870, a raid attracted Company B of the Arizona volunteers, noticed where the great warrior Apaches were hanging out at what used to be “Big Picacho”. The Apaches were not bothering anyone and just wanted to relax, until the U. S. Calvary discovered the secret trail up to what we call Apache leap. Their was approximately a total of 75 Apaches. The Apaches were shocked and outnumbered. The soldiers shot the Apache warriors, but rather some of them be captured by the white men, they became heroic brave warriors and jumped to the death.

Apache tear stones are said to have spiritual powers for emotional grieving and sadness

An unidentified blogger wrote “We are the voices of our ancestors of Cherokee, Mohawk, Apaches, Coahuilthican,Seminole, Choctaw, Cherokee, Lakota,Oneida, Seneca and all tribes. We are their people made real in present, the 7th generation to someone who dreamt of our existence. The ones who refuse to forget our relatives who died for what still belongs to us-this land. We are the faces of of all who walked The Apache trail of tears. The long walk and all forced removals.

Some claim a lot of paranormal activity happens in the small town of Superior at the bottom of The cliffs of Apache leap. I recently watched a show that had a team of paranormal investigators who did an episode in Superior, Az( not sure what the name was)Here is a picture I took. That really struck me!

See, their is something on this investigators back?!!!! Creepy stuff ah?

Now, let us learn about Superior, Az., originally called “Queen” and became a mining town in 1875. It was filed by W. Tuttle and the Irene mine, claimed by P. Swain in the year of 1876. Together, it became known as the Silver Queen mine. Then in 1910, Colonel Boyce Thompson renamed it as “Magma copper company.

By the 1950’s, Magma became the eighth largest copper producer in America
Aerial footage of the mine in Superior, az
Old photo of the miners in Superior, Az.

Today, Superior , Az is a striving community . And has a population of 3, 141 people. Has two major attractions. One is the Boyce Arboretum, and the Worlds smallest museum that has a lot of historic artifacts.

Today, a minining company named Resolution copper company has a huge scale project that you can check out on the internet and learn about.

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