The Lost City in the Catalinas
The Nine Mile City is found again
Hidden deep within the majestic Santa Catalina mountains, north of Tucson, Arizona are ancient ruins that may be linked to the legends of the mine with the iron door and the lost city.
The site is near the Cañada del Oro in an extremely remote area of the Catalinas.
The remains of nearly a half dozen stone constructed buildings are scattered in an area that is suspected to be connected with the famous legend of the Iron Door Mine.
Nearby, extensive mining activities have been conducted for hundreds of years.
Evidence of mining shafts, tunnels and early human activity have been founded and documented. The U.S. Forest Service retains these items.
The legend tied to the lost city, and the nearby mines involves the Spanish missionaries in the early 1700s.
According to the legends, the Spanish forced the local natives to work the gold mines until the expulsion of the Jesuit missionaries in 1767. The location of the mine and community became lost.
The Nine Mile City of The Santa Catarinas ("Nueva Mia Ciudad") was reportedly rediscovered by two men in an article published in the Arizona Weekly Star on March 4, 1880.
The prospectors said they came to the area "on January 10, 1880 for the express purpose of exploring the mountains for the NuevaMia Ciudad and the mine with the iron door." Actually, milla is Spanish for mile.
The newspaper article described their journey into the Cañada del Oro in search of the mysterious ruins and lost gold mine of the Spaniards.
An article in the February 17, 1891 edition of the Tombstone Prospector reported a recent "New Discovery." It was one of the earliest mentions of a lost city and a mine with an iron door.
21st Century Expedition to the Lost City
The next expedition to the Lost City and Iron Door Mine is planned for October 2011.
A film documentary is planned with more details of the remnants left behind. The Lost City/Lost Mine expedition is headed by Flint Carter who rediscovered the ruins and lost mine in the 1980s. Carter has held several mining claims in the area.
Carter hopes to establish a link between these structures and the first building of one of the San Xavier mission stone houses for the missionaries. Carter also wants to compare the structures to a building at the edge of the Catalinas that once served as a stage depot and possible mission in earlier times.
Lost City Links
2. "Lost Mines of Arizona and Sonora" Arizona Silver Belt, Globe City, Arizona, December 3, 1892, image 1 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84021913/1892-12-03/ed-1/seq-1/;words=Dan+De+Quill