Mining for gold and riches in the Catalina Mountains
William "Flint" Carter has been prospecting for gold, silver and quartz ores in the Santa Catalina mountains and near Mt. Lemmon for decades. Carter is one of the few people who stlll maintains a continuous mining claim in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Carter has held two of the largest operating mines on Mt. Lemmon.
The Catalina Mountains, just north of Tucson, contains not only huge supplies of minerals, but a history intertwined with legend.
The story of the Lost City and Lost Mission, the Iron Door Mine, the colorful history of Campo Bonito and Buffalo Bill Cody's gold mine at the High Jinks Ranch, and other stories have contributed to the lore of the mountains.Collecting rocks and minerals from the Catalinas Mountains is not allowed, unless the collector has a mining claim or it is private deeded land.