The Lost Dutchman Coffee Company website would not be complete
without a word or two describing its namesake.
Legend has it that located somewhere around 40-50 miles east of
Phoenix Arizona in the awe-inspiring Superstition Mountains, is
a hidden gold mine that has been sought by many. More than several
individuals claimed to have found it over the years, only to have
met with grave misfortune when they had gone back to retrieve the
gold presumably hidden there.
During the 1840's the Peralta family from northern Mexico were
said to have developed a rich gold mine
in the Superstitions. The last expedition they made to carry gold
back to Mexico was in 1848. According to legend, the large party
consisting of a 200-mule train carrying ore was ambushed by Apache
Indians, and all were killed except for one or two Peralta family
members who escaped into Mexico. This area is known today as the
A number of other people knew of the mine's location and some had
even worked it. Numerous maps have surfaced over the years, only
to “mysteriously” become lost or misplaced when interested
parties pressed for facts and evidence. Men who claimed to have
found the Peralta mine were unable to return to it or some disaster
occurred before they could file a claim, all adding to the lore
of a "lost mine."
Enter Jacob Waltz in the 1870’s. Known as "The Dutchman"
(actually a native of Germany), he was said to have located the
mine through the aid of a Peralta descendant. Waltz and his partner,
Jacob Weiser, worked the mine and allegedly hid one or more caches
of gold in the Superstitions. Most stories place the gold in the
vicinity of Weaver's Needle, a well known landmark in the middle
of some very rugged terrain. Weiser and two other miners were killed
by Apaches, or according to some, by Waltz himself. The Apache curse
had claimed its first three victims.
Some years later and in failing health, Jacob Waltz moved to Phoenix
and died around 1891. He supposedly described
the mine's location to Julia Thomas, a neighbor who took care of
him until his death. Neither she nor many other mine seekers were
able to find the "Lost Dutchman's Mine” in the years
that followed. Subsequent searchers have sometimes met with foul
play or even death, contributing to the superstition and legend
that surround these mountains.