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about the legends and history of the Santa Catalina Mountains,
including the Iron Door Mine legends and the Tucson Gold Rush of the
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"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"
This edition of the Tucson Chronicles highlights the new book "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains," by local author Robert E. Zucker, that explores the legends and history of the mountains.
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legends of lost mines, 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. The history of the mountains are rich
with stories of Spanish Jesuit mining, the Iron Door Mine and legends of
buried treasures still hidden in the hills. "Treasures of the Santa
Catalina Mountains" fills over 400 pages with nearly 1,300 footnotes to
learn more about the legends and the history behind them. Purchase "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains on Amazon.
Canyon of Gold, Buffalo Bill Cody & the Legendary Iron Door Mine
By William Flint Carter
the story of the last oldtime prospector in the Santa Catalina
Mountains. Known as The General, or Flint, Carter has spent over four
decades prospecting and mining the Catalina Mountains and in search of
the fabled Iron Door Mine of the Santa Catalinas. Read sample chapters from Canyon of Gold.
Read Pages from Tucson Chronicles:
Page 2: The Lost Mission and lost Mine of the Santa Catalinas
Page 3: Searching for the Treasures of the Santa Catalinas
Page 6: Buffalo Bill Cody's Gold Mine and the Mining Town of Oracle
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
The Tucson gold rush brought early American prospectors, and investors, to the Santa Catalina’s after the 1840s California Gold Rush. They heard stories about the lost treasures of Spaniards, the legend of the Iron Door Mine and of gold dripping from the Canyon of Gold– the Cañada del Oro.
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.
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 mountains.
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. These sections bring the once forgotten story of the Santa Catalina Mountains to life again.
New Local Books Featured
The Entertainment Magazine, in conjunction with BZB Publishing (the publisher of EMOL.org and the Entertainment Magazine) is producing print and digital books for the public. Copies are available through Amazon.com and other retailers. Read sample chapters of the following new releases:
Tucson Chronicles will soon feature upcoming print and web editions of "Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades,"
a recent book also by author Robert Zucker with hundreds of articles
and interviews from the 1980s published in the Entertainment Magazine
and Newsreal newspapers. The first edition covers the 1950s through
This edition of Tucson Chronicles Features Sample Chapters from
"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains"
Read pages from the popular new book on the legends and history of the Santa Catalinas.
Intoduction to the Treasures of the Catalinas
Table of Contents
Author: Robert E. Zucker
Collaborated with William "Flint" Carter
The Santa Catalina Mountains
The Legends & History
Minerals of the Santa Catalina Mountains
Email author and publisher Robert Zucker: [email protected]
Purchase Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains from amazon.
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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.
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