Catalinas: Iron Door
Stone is Flint Carter's Legacy
William T. "Flint" Carter passed away
in December 2018.
Carter was a seasoned prospector who had dozens of mining claims in the
Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona. After forty
years, Flint knew all about the mountains, its legends (like the Iron Door Mine), and
its precious minerals (like Cody Stone).
To remember Flint, the 5th Annual 2020 Buffalo Bill Cody Days in Oracle was held at the Oracle Inn Restaurant & Steakhouse on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 1-5pm.
A funeral service for Flint Carter was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Adair Funeral Home, 8090 N. Northern Avenue (north of Magee) at 7:00am. A full-military burial, last call and flyover, followed at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetary in Marana, Arizona at 10am where he is interred.
M.I.A.P. (Missing in America Project) honors veterans with full military burials across America.
Photo by James & Carolyn Barnett.
Before his death, Flint was able to compile his experiences and knowledge about the Santa Catalina Mountains in The
Canyon of Gold, Buffalo Bill Cody, and the Legendary Iron
Door Mine Treasure. He also collaborated with author Robert Zucker with "Treasures
of the Santa Catalina Mountains." Both books are available on Amazon.com. Both Flint and Robert were starting work on an another book about the legends and history of the Catalina Mountains. "Tucson Gold Rush" is still planned for publication. For more information, contact [email protected] or call Bob at 520-623-3733.
Days in Oracle: Honor the World Famous "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Flint Carter
The last Cody Days in Oracle was held in February 2020, just before the devastating coronavirus spread across the world. Because of the continued threat of the COVID-19 virus, plans for the 2021 Cody Days is on hold. A new venue is also needed if the 6th annual event will be held. FOr more information, or to help produce more Cody Days events, email [email protected] or call 520-623-3733.
Collector's: In one collection of six items that tell
the story behind the gold and silver from Buffalo
Bill Cody's mines in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Historical information and evidence of the legendary Iron
Door Mine. This 6-piece package includes: two books "Treasures
of the Santa Catalina Mountains," and The
Canyon of Gold, Buffalo Bill Cody, and the Legendary Iron
Door Mine Treasure," a movie CD "Buffalo Bill," two CD
of the Miner's Story with interviews of Flint Carter, and an
audio CD of music of the Santa Catalina mountains by Gary
Photo above left to
right: Small stone on loan to University of Arizona 5 years-
graded 38 out of 40. This is one of the finest 100 percent
natural gold and silver specimens in the world, $3,926. Middle
item: The "horse," $50,000. Right: large 23 lb specimen,
Flint Carter was featured in
the March 2015 edition of "Outside Magazine," has appeared in
numerous videos on the legends and lost treasures of the Old
West, and recently featured in a new book on the legends and
history of the Santa Catalinas.
See samples of Flint
Carter's Cody Stone
directly from the mines of Buffalo Bill Cody in the Santa
Before Flint's passing, he wrote: "A
friend set up a Go Fund Me account because of a severe
health situation." Flint does not want charity! To sell some
of the collections will not cover costs– already over
$100,000– with no medical help. Visit Go
Fund Me for Flint.
signature sterling book marker - with or without the stone
that started the legendary literary and film adventure over a
century old and a multi million dollar story !
historical fiction book released
Several years before his death, Flint Carter released a new book called "The Canyon of Gold: Buffalo Bill
& the Legendary Iroon Door Mine Treasure." In
his book, Carter describes his version of the legend that has
intrigued treasure hunters for centuries.
For nearly four decades, Carter also
mined rare jewelry-grade gold and silver in quartz minerals
exclusively from the Catalina Mountains called "Cody
Stone," named after the famous world-wide entertainer "Buffalo
Bill" Cody who owned a gold mine in the Santa Catalinas
This new book on the legends and history of the Santa Catalina
Mountains, collaborated with Flint Carter, is now available.
Read free chapters of another book Flint was involved in producing with Robert Zucker, "Treasures
of the Santa Catalina Mountains." Purchase online for a
discount at amazon.com (Treasures) or locally in Tucson at Mostly Books, Summit Hut, Oracle Inn
and other locations. Read about the Treasures of the Santa
Catalinas in the new edition of Tucson
Canyon of Gold
Buffalo Bill Cody
& The Legendary
Iron Door Mine Treasures
Videos about the
Discover the history
and legends of the Old West with historian Flint Carter. Watch
a video of slides from the new book "Treasures
of the Santa Catalina Mountains" with original music
about the Catalinas written and sung by Gary Holdcroft.
"Esmeralda," from an
album of songs written and performed by Gary Holdcroft. An
original ballad about the legendary Mine with the Iron Door in
the Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, Arizona.
Esmeralda is the name of one of the lost mines. The Escalante
Mine is another lost mine legend.
of the Catalina Mountains
Flint Carter has
lived and mined the Santa Catalina Mountains for over forty
years. His stories and experience has been preserved through
these pages and his involvement with a book on the Catalinas.
Explore the legends with Flint
Bill's Arizona Mining Ventures William
F. Cody (1846-1917) better known as the Wild West Show
entertainer “Buffalo Bill,” had invested in many mining
interests. One mine was near the town of Oracle, 40 miles
north of Tucson, Arizona a decade before the Arizona
territory entered Statehood. Read about Buffalo
Bill Cody's time in Arizona.
- "One Park
Place" Cabin deep in the Santa Catalina Mountains is a
popular spot along the Arizona Trail. Stop by and add to the
- The Mine
with the Iron Door: A Recommendation from the General
by David Herring
Articles by Flint
Gold & Silver
Ore in Quartz
Jewelry Grade Flint has the only source of
jewelry-grade of gold and silver in quartz from Mt. Lemmon.
This precious stone has "la vie dasante" ("life's dancing
Jewelry and Celebrity stones are made from local
ore from Southern Arizona, USA and designed as jewelry grade
gold and silver in quartz.
Art" is a collection of hand painted Southwest
art, cards, paintings and sculptures exclusively created by
- Legend of the
Iron Door Mine article in The
Explorer. November 25, 2009 Saddlebrook special
edition. Read about Flint Carter and the history and story
surrounding the Iron Door Mine legend and legends of the Old
Magazine: Flint Carter is profiled in an 8-page
spread in the March 2015 edition of Outside Magazine. The
article covers his recent expedition deep into the Catalinas
with the writer from Outside Magazine and his crew. Follow
Flint's mining expedition.
- Located at the
entrance of the Oracle Ridge Mine in the Santa Catalina
Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona, on a small bluff is a
huge, ancient monolith with unusual markings. See photos
and read about the Oracle
The Famed Iron
The Iron Door
Mine is one of "the most extensively hunted lost mine in
North America." There appears to be some evidence about
the treasures of the Old Southwest in an area known as
Canada del Oro, "the Canyon of Gold." Located
deep in the mountains north of Tucson, Arizona, near Oracle,
AZ., may lie the legendary Iron
Door Mine and valuable gold
and silver treasures, according to Arizona historian Flint
by Harold Bell Wright's 1923 novel "The
Mine With The Iron Door," this treasure may still be
buried somewhere in the desolate and inaccessible Cañada
del Oro, the Canyon of Gold. The
lost mine legend also appears to have a connection with
the 100 tons of gold treasure discovered at Victoria
Peak in New Mexico.
on the local legends of the Santa Catalina Mountains
This 23 lb. nugget is the finest specimen from Buffalo
Bill Cody's mine near Oracle, Arizona. From established
sales this rock is valued over $1/4 million.
are on display in ten museums and the Mining Hall of Fame.
Carter had been the owner of the richest gold and silver
mines on the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson,
Carter describes the history and stories of the Southwest,
Iron Door Mine, mining for gold and other ores around
Tucson and Southern AZ. and many other historical topics
and legends. Carter showcases his art, jewelry and
artifacts in public and private presentations.
collection is on display at the Oracle Inn in Oracle,
Cody Stone Jewelry manufactured by Orlando Jewelers of
England.The Iron Door Mine.
authentic source of Cody Stone from Buffalo Bill
Cody's own mines with certification from the Flint
popularized by Tiffany's during the California Gold Rush,
Stone is a little known- and now extremely rare-
It is the most
expensive gold and silver in the world that sells by carat
weight values. Cody Stone is on display in museums
worldwide and the Mining Hall of Fame and Gem Institute of
The specimen, on
loan to the University of Arizona MIneral Museum, was
independently graded at 38 out of 40 and is considered one
of the finest 100% natural gold and silver specimens in
The result of a
search for the West's largest gold legend and the world's
largest land treasure portrayed in four major motion
pictures over six decades, this golden legend refuses to
die and continues to grow with substantial golden values.
still glitters in the ground, hiding secret like a
"Gold Town" by Joseph Michael Darwin.
"Prospector" original art work by Flint Carter. 5" x 7"
original. See more Flint
Miners’ Story Project preserves and shares stories about
life in the mines and mining communities in the
Southwest US. William "Flint" Carter provides his
recollections of the history and stories of the Santa
Read more about
Story Project. The Miner's Story CD is a two and a
half hour recording of the mine with the iron door by
Flint Carter. $19.95.
Ballads of the
songs and ballads about the Iron Door Mine, the Santa
Catalina Mountains, the Old West and about Flint Carter on
CD. These songs were
written and professionaly performed in a studio by Gary
Holdcroft specifically about Flint's adventures and the
legends of the Catalinas.
Treasures of the Santa Catalina
Robert Zucker with
collaboration from Flint
A large collection of the
legends and history of the Catalinas. Learn the
story of the Iron Door Mine, the Lost Mission and
the Lost City. Hundreds of pages cover hundreds of
years in the search for gold, silver and copper.
Was there a Lost Escalante Mine or Mine wth the
Iron Door? Who started the legends? Is there still
gold in the mountains?
Explore the Santa Catalina
Mountains in a way you never seen them before.
Read free chapter samples of "Treasures
of the Santa Catalina Mountains."
Available on amazon.com.
of the Santa Catalina Mountains
of the Santa Catalina Mountains: Unraveling the
Legends and History
Stone Specimens and Samples
All of these pieces are from
Flint Carter's Mine. Read about collecting
rare stones from Mt.
Lemmon. Cody stone jewelry available for
public sale. New design of Codystones prepared
jewelers are Gary Holdcroft, Isaac Hunan, Bisbee
Bob, Poncho, Buzz Stringer, Steve Montez, Michael
Garcia, AAA Family Jewelers in Tustin, CA;
the Navajo nation; Will Dentondale, a Navajo
artist; Orlando Jewelers UK, James Svoboda,
Cornelious Hollander and William F. Carter.
Stone from Mt. Lemmon Arizona is gold
and silver in quartz. Review specimens for
sale at the only accredited site to purchase
Cody Stone. Specimen of Cody Stone is on
display at the University of Arizona Mineral
Museum's "100 Years of Arizona's Best- the
Minerals That Made the State" exhibit.
Jewelry by Michael Garcia
Stone jewelry designed and handcrafted by
award-winning Native American artist Michael
speciment weighs 150 pounds and stands on a
Saguaro base. This is available for sale at
product was created by AAA Family Gems, in
Tustin, CA., who did a phenomenal job. See
jewelry from Flint Carter.
This is the
latest creation of Cody Stone, a ring from a
bracelet set by Isaac Hunan
This is a cut
and polished cab with gold and silver streaks
Celebrity Stones is proud
to unveil the latest creations of Codystone
by award winning jeweler Cornelis Hollander
(above and below photos).
very first cast mountings continental and
seductively cradeling the 100% natural
gold and silver ores from Buffalo Bill's
lost mines near Tucson, Arizona. To date,
jewelers list Gary Holdcroft, Bisbee Bob,
Poncho, Buzz Stringer, Michael Garcia, Steve
Montez, Alan Childves, Wm Carter, and now
Cornelis Hollander! Kudos to the artist!
Bufallo Bill would be proud! $350 each- one
of a kind silver and a rubber cord.
Buffalo Bill Cody and Oracle,
Arizona, by Flint Carter, in
"American Cowboy" April 2013
"Cody Stone," Oracle, Arizona on
display at the Buffalo Bill
Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.
"In the early 1900's, William F.
Cody began investing in gold,
diamond, and silver mines in
Arizona. Mining experts reports of
great riches were falsified, the
mines mainly yielded quartz, later
named "Cody Stone." Gift of W.T.
create a museum and cultural center to preserve
Catalina Mtn. history .
Spanish mission is being restored by Flint Carter to
preserve its great Western heritage.
building also houses his collection of stones,
jewelry, art and artifacts recovered from around the
property in the Santa Catalina Mountains. See more
Santa Catalina Historic Preservation Project.
Carter, SCHPP director, is doing the work on his own
time and money, tax deductible donations through SAI,
Inc. are accepted to help toward its
restoration and preservation.
the Santa Catalina Mountain's Hidden Treasures
The "Hooked X" Templar sign on
stone found in the Cañada del Oro, near Tucson,
What legendary treasure mystery
hides beneath the flooded old tunnel sides?
Bill's tent cabin in the Catalinas, now now
burnt by campers.
(Above) Oliver Stratton's old
homestead that sits above the old mine, now the
Oracle Ridge mine near the Monolith.
Photos courtesy of Flint
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