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An old friend of mine wrote a book about the Superstition Wilderness Area and the many American Forestry Association trail rides he made into the area. John Dahlmann served as a representative for the American Forestry Association for more than twenty years. Read more g

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Several years ago, an old friend of mine, Dan Hopper, told me a story about a white stallion he and his father often observed in the Superstition Mountains during the 1960’s. Dan talked about one particular trip he and his father had made down into Second Water Canyon. As they hiked through … Read more g

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The Courage Under Cancer Foundation (CUCF) is excited to announce their first-ever fundraiser: A Mystery Date Night! Five local Apache Junction eligible bachelors are being raffled off, and you can win a date with one of them! The bachelors are Erik Scott (Divine Signs), Dale Larrew (Larrew … Read more g

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On February 21, Empowerment Systems had the pleasure of attending what has become a biannual event called the Youth Matters Forum. This forum, held at Central Arizona College, San Tan Campus, brings together middle school and high school youth from all over Pinal County for a day of educatio…

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On March 14 at 12 p.m., you’ll have a chance to drink tea like mad! The Genesis Project will be hosting its 2nd annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center.

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It seems like just yesterday it was September, and we were gearing up for the winter season here in Apache Junction. As we’ve often heard many locals say, “You can tell that winter is coming, because the color of the license plates is changing,” signifying the return of our winter visitors.

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Apache Junction as we know it today didn’t exist when the first prospectors searched for gold near the base of Superstition Mountain in the late 1860s. The U.S. Army called the Superstition Mountains the ‘Sierra de Supersticiones’ and was still pursuing hostile Apaches in the mountain’s interior.

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Many of our readers have heard of the O.K. Corral. However, your recollections will probably conjure up memories of Tombstone and the Earps. Well, Apache Junction has its own O.K. Corral. As a matter of fact, Apache Junction has had an O.K. Corral since 1968.

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The 56th Annual Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo is upon us! This annual event, taking place February 28-March 1, brings Arizonans from all over to our beloved city and its hotels, stores and restaurants, while showcasing the very best that Apache Junction has to offer.

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As someone who is not a runner, I have to hand it to the people who are. You all are a loyal bunch and you have even found a way to live your passion while simultaneously giving back. Anyone who has lived in the Apache Junction area for a long enough period, knows that February is a BUSY mon…

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One of my favorite quotes is, “A rising tide raises all ships!” Well, there is no better group that raises all of Pinal County tides than Pinal Partnership.

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Editor’s Note: In December 2019, The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News published an article about Diana Granillo, who had just been presented with the Story of the Year award in the Middle School Category at the National High School Journalism Convention. That story, originally printed …

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2019 is gone and in the books. We can’t change the past, but we can influence the future. When it comes to money, it’s not how much you earn, but it is definitely how much you save that determines your financial future.The question is how do I save money? I have children, bills and other fin…

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Beginning January 28th, Empowerment Systems will hold a series of Mental Health First Aid classes at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center through a partnership with Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens.

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Jim Cravey woke up one May morning in 1947 from a dream he had about a lost gold mine in the Superstition Mountains. He was convinced it was the Lost Dutchman Mine. He believed from his dream he could find the mine.

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The realities of the modern economy, an economy primarily dominated by large nationally branded, investor-owned companies, is plagued with several stark realities. These realities vary in size, scope and range depending upon one’s economic contribution, but the overall impact to society is s…

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For the third year in a row, Apache Junction/ Gold Canyon kids have shined in a yearly event known as AJ Kids Idol. I have no doubt in my mind you’ve heard of American Idol or America's Got Talent. Well, this yearly event, that I have the personal pleasure in helping put on, is one of the be…

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In the coming weeks, The Apache Junction & Gold Canyon News is bringing you a series of articles, written by Kevin Fort, Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer for Regenerative Business Institute (RBI), a cooperative development firm working on a business and economic developmen…

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The nautical history of Canyon Lake has been an interesting one. When Canyon Lake was first filled in 1925, several valley entrepreneurs were convinced they could operate a profitable business enterprise by transporting visitors by bus up the Apache Trail and then place them on a tour boat f…

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The spirit of Christmas was in the air in late December of 1955. The first snows had fallen in Arizona’s high country and winter had announced its arrival in the Superstition Wilderness. Low stratus clouds engulfed the towering spires of Superstition Mountain, and a slow, drizzling rain fell…

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Long ago, in the desert we now see as home, a desert some now see as inhospitable, the Hohokam people flourished. Their story began around 300 A.D., when a small group of people from the Gila-Salt River Basin was able to organize community labor and dig a canal for three miles through hard v…

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Many years ago, I was riding in the Horse Camp Ridge area, when I came upon an interesting trail. The trail had been carved out of solid stone by animals carrying heavy loads. There were places were the hooves of the beast of burden had worn deep into the volcanic tufa.

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Here in the valley of the sun, many people are already retired. But what do you explain to someone who is not sure whether or not they are ready to retire? Of course, one of the most important factors is of the financial nature. Questions begin to arise. Will you receive a pension? If so, wi…

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The Superstition Wilderness Area and Superstition Mountain, in particular, have been an attraction to human kind for more than a millennium. First came the Native Americans who found the region conducive to their way of living. Hunting and gathering was their main means of survival. The regi…

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From the time most of us are old enough to earn an allowance, we are taught that “a penny saved is a penny earned.”

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There are many stories among storytellers about lost Spanish Jesuit Missions in the Apacheria. The Apacheria included lands above and below the Gila River. The Jesuits established many missions and vistas in the Pimeria Alta. The church missions were permanent settlement sites and were assig…

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Have any of you ever wondered about the source of the place named Massacre Ground? There are many stories about this site on the northwestern end of Superstition Mountain. The story begins in the early settlement of Phoenix more than a hundred and thirty-six years ago.

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Probably one the most bizarre searches I have ever been involved with occurred in the summer of 1980. Like my friend Bob Corbin, I had sworn to stay out of the Superstition Mountains in the summer time. The extreme heat was dangerous and rattlesnakes were quite common—not to mention water wa…

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The late 1950s found me working on a cattle ranch known as the old “Quarter Circle U” in the Superstition Mountains. I was following a dream to be a cowboy. My education about cowboys had been derived from the Western movies at the old Rex Theater in Hayden, Arizona, and my dream to be a cow…

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On March 23, 1961, a body was discovered in the Superstition Wilderness by John Pearce, 78, and Harold Moulton, 40, of Glendale, Arizona. The men were prospectors in the area of Weaver’s Needle. Pearce’s camp was about 600 yards from the spot where the body was discovered in Needle Canyon.

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Prior to roads and the horse drawn carriage the only means of travel between Superstition Mountain and the surrounding towns was by horseback or afoot. Since those long forgotten days, little has changed within the boundaries of the Superstition Wilderness Area. Today, one must still travel …

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The tale of the Soldiers’ Lost Mine continues to circulate around campfires in the Superstition Wilderness Area of central Arizona. The story is often associated with the Lost Dutchman Mine and the Silver King Mine. Sims Ely mentioned the story in depth in his book The Lost Dutchman Mine, pu…

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Anyone well versed in the history and prospector lore of the Superstition Wilderness Area has heard of Alva Reser. He prefered to be called Al by his friends. Al Reser devoted almost fifty years to his search for the Lost Dutchman Mine. What would possess a man of Al’s background to pursue s…

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Editor’s note: The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News was saddened to learn of Ron Eagle’s passing last week. He was known to many as a friendly volunteer at the Community Veterans’ Center in Apache Junction, where he spent his last years making a difference in fellow vets’ lives. In this arti…

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Recently, my wife, Sharon, and I went on a four-wheel drive adventure. All of our jeep trips are adventures. This was Sharon’s first trip in about eleven months, because of various treatments she has been undergoing.

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History is often best served by the preservation of landmarks. The Superstition Wilderness is filled with landmarks significant of historical mention. It is very difficult to research the history of a given area if all the historical landmarks have been changed or erased. What if we became t…

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Prospectors and treasure hunters have often referred to Peter’s Mesa as the heartland of the lost gold and treasure stories about Superstition Mountain. History has recorded many expeditions in this region based on stories and different maps of the region. These trips may have begun long bef…

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It was on February 13, 1927, a special train with five cars arrived in Phoenix from Los Angeles. The purpose of the special train was to carry a company of fifty famous Player-Lasky players who were filming a western movie for Paramount Films.

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Some of my Que Pasa columns are apparently “foreign” to certain people. And if you say they are “Greek” to you, you are quoting Shakespeare. Four hundred years ago this month, at age 52, on April 23, 1616, William Shakespeare died.

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The Superstition Wilderness Area and Superstition Mountain in particular have been an attraction to human kind for more than a millennium. First came the Native Americans who found the region conducive to their way of living. Hunting and gathering was their main means of survival. The region…

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Some thirty-two years ago, Bob Corbin and I visited Ernie Provence and Tracy Hawkins at the store called the Lost Dutchman Mine Store, some eight miles east of Highway 60 on the old Quarter U Circle Ranch road. The store was located about a mile east from the junction of Peralta Road and Qua…

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Many years ago, I received a call from a man in northern California who was interested in Yeti or “Big Foot.” He had heard of the Reavis Valley, a landlocked biotic island high above the Sonoran Desert floor that supported a dense Ponderosa pine forest. He wanted to know how to get to the Re…

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Over the years former Arizona Attorney General Bob Corbin and I made many trips into the Superstition Wilderness Area checking on various sites associated with the story of the Dutchman’s Lost Mine. We traveled to some of the most remote areas of the wilderness.

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The following incident is somewhat strange by modern standards. The Arizona Citizen, on December 7, 1877, reported a case of accidental poisoning at Bear Tanks north of Picket Post Mountain. The story goes something like this.

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The American Civil War began 155 years ago last week. Forces of the Confederacy fired their cannons on Union troops at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861, beginning a four-year carnage that left more than 600,000 Americans dead and thousands more wounded and scarred.

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The beauty of the Sonoran Desert in the spring time is fabulous. This past winter has been a very wet season, averaging more than 1.60 inches per month. This precipitation will substantially produce plenty of tinder and much of the older dead growth will provide fuel for the slightest spark,…

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Sometimes we think that leaders are people with certain job titles—e.g., manager, director, chair or superintendent. Of course, people with these and other titles should be leaders, but for our workplaces and communities to function effectively, everyone needs to practice leadership every day.

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When there is rain in our area, the desert changes dramatically, and this week’s column is about some spectacular scenery along the old Apache Trail during the recent rains.

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By Tom Kollenborn I was sitting around the other day, picking my guitar, when I got to thinking about the many wonderful trips I’ve made back into the Superstition Wilderness during the past sixty years. For a moment I wondered if the time had been wasted. I assured myself it certainly had not been. I…

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The Superstition Mountain region has very rugged terrain and many hiding places. Some of the area’s hidden canyons had sufficient water to support illegal whiskey distilling during Prohibition.

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Phoenix was the center of a mystery that entwined the apparent prosaic present and one of the well-known legends of early mining in Arizona territory near the turn of the 20th century. Arizona abounds in tales and legends, wild and fanciful, told by storytellers over many a campfire and in m…