The gold mine once belonged to the Apaches. Or it was owned and operated by the Peralta family. Many say it was discovered by a German immigrant, either Jacob Waltz or Jacob Weiser — or both men, maybe. The Lost Dutchman's Mine, hidden somewhere in Arizona's Superstition Mountains, has taken on mythical status as perhaps the premier lost treasure in North America. In 1931, Adolph Ruth claimed in a written note that he found the mine — the note was found near his scattered bones, and he had two bullet holes in his skull. Amateur treasure hunter Dave Stone has spent the last few years seeking the lost gold, and he discusses his search in a program called "Spanish Gold: The Hunt for the Peralta Gold Mines" at 1:30 p.m. today at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Admission is free.
Tue., Jan. 29, 2008