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Tucson Chronicles

The Tucson Chronicles is a publication of the Entertainment Magazine that features historical and cultural stories from Tucson, Arizona's past.

Explore the mysterious Santa Catalina Mountains' rich history and legends. Discover Tucson's active live music scene during the 20th Century, and more.

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Read about the legends and history of the Santa Catalina Mountains, including the Iron Door Mine legends and the Tucson Gold Rush of the 1880s.

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Treasures in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, Arizona"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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The 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

Canyon of Gold Flint CarterBy William Flint Carter

Follow 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.

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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 left behind.

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.

"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 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.

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New Local Books Featured

The Entertainment Magazine, in conjunction with BZB Publishing (the publisher of and the Entertainment Magazine) is producing print and digital books for the public. Copies are available through 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 1985.

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 Contentts

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]

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New Books by BZB

"Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" now available at amazon!

The detailed history and legends of the Catalinas is told in a 400-page paperback. Buy "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" online for a discount at, or locally in Tucson at the both Summit Hut locations, Mostly Books, Buzz Café, the Oracle Inn Steakhouse and other locations to be announced. Purchase ebook on, Kindle: Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Searching for Arizona's Buried Treasures

Searching for Arizona's Buried TreasuresTwo Year Odessey - Found 82 lbs. of Gold!

Authored by Mr. Ron Quinn Read sample pages from Ron Quinn's new book, "Searching for Arizona's Buried Treasures."

"Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades"

Volume One of a new book on thousands of local entertainers and hundreds of bands who performed in Tucson nightclubs and theatres across 50 years. Read sample chapters from Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades.


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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 the Entertainment Magazine On Line.

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