the lost legends and forgotten history of the Santa Catalina Mountains,
north of Tucson, Arizona– including the legends of the Lost Mine, the
Lost Mission, and the Lost City.
of the Santa Catalina Mountains" provides the most comprehensive
overview of the Santa Catalina Mountain's history, documented in more than 400
pages and thousands of historical references!
original newspaper articles, journals, and written stories about the
development of mining for copper, gold, and silver on the north side of
the mountains near the town of Oracle.
Find out more
about the role that Buffalo Bill Cody, the famous 19th century
entertainer, had in mining for gold and other minerals in the Catalina
Father Kino's efforts to establish relationships with the Native
American tribes inhabiting in and around the Catalina Mountains. Kino
founded the San Xavier Mission south of the Catalinas in 1700.
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video of slides are from the book "Treasures of the Santa Catalina
Mountains" with original music about the Catalina Mountains written and
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The rich Arizona
legends of lost mines, treasures, lost cities and a lost mission in the
Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, Arizona have been passed down
by word of mouth for generations. There is some historical truth to
some of those famous legendary tales.
The most famous
legend of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Iron Door Mine, helped
launch the early American hunt for gold in the 1860s. Adventure seekers
combed the mountains looking for lost Spanish treasures and digging for
Now, the story is
told in more than 400 pages and 1,200 footnotes that detail the
exploration for minerals and the actual history behind the legends of
the Santa Catalina Mountains. Keep checking back for announcements and
additional new chapters to read online about the treasures of the
Catalinas. Read sample chapters from the book below and download a free condensed PDF from the full volume.
The legends and history hidden in the Santa Catalina Mountains
A substantial amount of gold, and other minerals, have been extracted from the Santa Catalina Mountains
over the last few centuries. The discoveries of early Spanish placer
mining sites and ruins in the mountains only fueled speculation about
those riches that may have been left behind.
The Tucson gold rush brought early American prospectors, and investors, to the Santa Catalina’s after the 1840s California Gold Rush.
There were numerous
strikes of gold and copper, but only a few claimed to find the Iron Door
Mine. It was still enough for investors, including William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody, to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars towards massive mining ventures.
One factor stood in
the way of these aspiring prospectors– the Apache Indians who guarded
the mountains and defended it with blood for hundreds of years.
After the Apaches
were finally subdued, the hub of early American mining in the Catalina
Mountains developed in four areas around the Santa Catalina Mountains:
the Cañada del Oro, the town of Oracle, Marble Peak near Mt. Lemmon and along the southern base near La Ventaña.
"Treasures of the
Santa Catalinas" is presented in three parts– each brings into focus how
the mysteries and history played a role in the hunt for gold in the
The first portion, The Legendary Sites of the Santa Catalina Mountains, explores several locations. These are the infamous places, which have been connected with the legends.
The second section, The Legends of the Santa Catalinas,
reveals the stories entwined with those locations– the Iron Door mine,
the lost city and lost mission. The stories are examined within the
historical events that occurred at the time and how they influenced the
rush for gold.
The final section, The Tucson Gold Rush, details the successes and failures of prospecting and mining gold, silver and copper minerals in the Catalina mountains.
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The Author of "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"
Author Robert E. Zucker
Author Available to Speak
Robert Zucker, author of
"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" is available to speak to
your group or organization about the history and legends of the Santa
Catalina Mountains, including a presentation on the famous Iron Door
Mine legend of the Santa Catalinas.
Robert E. Zucker has published several Tucson, Arizona-based tabloid newspapers– Youth Alternatives, Youth Awareness Press, Tucson Teen, The Magazine and Entertainment Magazine. Robert also taught at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College Journalism Departments. He is also publisher of EMOL.org- the Entertainment Magazine On Line.