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Ben Lilly: Bears, Blades & Contradictions​

The cascading notes of Ol’ Lilly’s hunting horn were some of the signature sounds by which he was known, as peculiar to the man as the recognizable songs of his mixed-breed dogs. It could be said that throughout his life, he was a man more relaxed and intimate with wild places and his faithful, panting canines than with any friend or wife.

Benjamin Lilly was one of the greatest hunters and most fascinating characters of the quickly civilizing West. He dressed like a mountain man, preferred sleeping outdoors to a proffered room and bed, and would sometimes walk hundreds of miles in pursuit of a single elusive bear. From childhood hunts in the 1870s until his death in the latter part of the 1930s, Mr. Lilly was what we’d now call an “anachronism:” a man still inhabiting an earlier time– and in many ways, the last of his kind. Ben was an unrepentant atavist, a proud throwback, and a devout adherent to archaic ways of being that he believed to be more meaningful and heroic. Or at least more tolerable… and more vitally experienced!

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The Infamous Mountain Man | “Liver-Eating” Johnson​

Forgotten Lives
Sep 8, 2020

Welcome to Forgotten Lives! In today's episode, we are looking into the life of John Johnston an incredible mountain man who was subject to a legendary myth! 14:09

Uncover the Story Behind This Classic Cowboy Picture | Life on the Chuck Wagon Trail​

Apr 2, 2023

Take a step into cowboy history with us this early morning on the chuck wagon. We're going behind the scenes of our pictures to take into a glimpse of living Western history on the trail. 10:41

Killer Mountains​

Premiered Apr 3, 2023


Larry Hedrick recounts the best organization, best researched, best financed, and best supplied search for the Lost Dutchman mine by Private Investigator Glen Magill.

The story of the search for the lost Dutchman Mine is a fascinating one that has captured the imaginations of treasure hunters and adventure-seekers for over a century. The legend of the lost Dutchman Mine centers around a rich gold deposit in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, which is said to have been discovered by a German immigrant named Jacob Waltz in the late 19th century.

The search for the lost Dutchman Mine has been going on for decades, with many people dedicating their lives to finding the treasure. One of the most notable searches was led by a man named Adolph Ruth, who disappeared while searching for the mine in 1931. His body was later found, but the location of the mine remained a mystery.

Another notable search was led by a man named Barry Storm in the 1940s. Storm claimed to have found the mine and even wrote a book about his discovery, but many people doubted his claims.

The search for the lost Dutchman Mine continues to this day, with many people still dedicated to finding the legendary gold deposit. While the mine's existence remains a mystery, the story of its search has become an important part of American folklore and continues to capture the imagination of treasure hunters and adventurers.

Stocking the Chuck Wagon: How Life on the Trail Changed in 200 years​

Apr 16, 2023


If you want to uncover some history of the Old West- stick around for this video. We're showing you life on the Texas cattle drives of the1800s and how the chuck wagon has changed, and how it's stayed the same.

Earthquakes and Superstition's Gold​

Premiered 12 hours ago


Uncover the fascinating link between earthquakes and gold in the mystical Superstition Mountains! In this captivating YouTube video, we delve into the intriguing relationship between seismic activity and the presence of precious gold in these majestic mountains. Join us as we embark on an enlightening journey, exploring the geological phenomena that have shaped the region's rich history of gold mining. Discover the secrets hidden within the earth's crust and unravel the mysteries surrounding this unique connection. Prepare to be amazed as we unravel the intricate tapestry of earthquakes and the allure of gold in the enchanting Superstition Mountains. Don't miss out on this captivating exploration that combines science, history, and the allure of hidden treasure!

Walt Gassler, Did He Find the Lost Dutchman Mine​

Premiered Jun 3, 2023


Join Larry Hedrick as he shares the captivating tale of Walter Gassler's relentless pursuit of the elusive Lost Dutchman gold mine. Embark on a thrilling journey spanning 50 years, as Gassler's quest entangles Bob Corbin, the former Attorney General of Arizona, and Tom Kullerburn in a web of intrigue and adventure. Discover the twists and turns of their search for Gassler's camp and the legendary treasure. Will they ultimately uncover the long-lost gold mine? Find out in this gripping narrative.

The Legend Continues​

Premiered 12 hours ago


Welcome to our channel! In this video, Larry Hedrick will delve into the captivating tale of the Lost Dutchman mine, an enduring legend that has captured the imaginations of Americans for generations.

Join us on a journey through history as we uncover the mysteries surrounding this fabled treasure. The legends speaks of an elusive gold mine hidden deep within the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, rumored to be discovered by an enigmatic figure Jacob Waltz known as the Lost Dutchman.

Throughout the years, countless treasure seekers, adventurers, and historians have embarked on perilous quests in search of this mythical mine. But the story of the Lost Dutchman mine is more than just a quest for riches—it is a tale steeped in adventure, danger, and the indomitable human spirit.

In this video, we explore the origins of the legend, examining the various accounts and those who have searched for it, we piece together the fragments of history to shed light on this enduring mystery.

Whether you're a history buff, an adventure enthusiast, or simply someone intrigued by legendary tales, this video promises an unforgettable exploration of the Lost Dutchman mine. Subscribe to our channel to stay tuned for more fascinating stories and join us as we unravel the my Welcome to our channel! In this video, we delve into the captivating tale of the Lost Dutchman mine, an enduring legend that has captured the imaginations of Americans for generations.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@mysteriesofthesuperstition6793/videos

The Demise of Bill Downing​

Premiered 15 hours ago


Join us as Arizona Historian, Marshal Trimble, recounts the gripping tale of how the notorious outlaw Bill Downing met his demise at the hands of the legendary Arizona Ranger, Billy Speed. In this captivating narrative, delve into the thrilling events that unfolded in Wilcox, Arizona, as justice collided with lawlessness, leaving an indelible mark on the Wild West's history. Stay tuned for an enthralling journey through the frontier days, filled with courage, danger, and the pursuit of justice in the untamed landscapes of Arizona.

Kochera's Gold​

Premiered 9 hours ago


Welcome to "The Legend of Kochera's Gold" - an epic adventure that will take you on a journey through time and mystery!

In this YouTube series, we'll deciphering ancient maps, and piecing together clues left by generations of treasure hunters. Together, we'll follow the footsteps of intrepid explorers and unlock the secrets of the past.

What Happen to the Dutchman's Gold​

Sep 4, 2023


The evidence is undeniable: the Dutchman existed, and his gold was undeniably real. But what became of this treasure?

The Mystery of Music Mountain​


Join our host, Larry Hedrick, as he takes you on an incredible journey into the heart of the Superstition Mountains. Larry recounts a 40 year old tale of his adventure, where he unraveled the mysteries surrounding the Lost Dutchman Mine. Embark on a thrilling helicopter ride to the summit of Music Mountain, nestled deep within the Superstition Mountains, and witness how Larry pieced together the intricate clues that could lead to this legendary treasure.

The Mighty Superstition Mountain Mystery​


How the Silver king Mine was Found with Jack San Felice 2.0​


Join us on a captivating journey through time as historian Jack San Felice takes us back to the thrilling discovery of the legendary Silver King. In this exclusive interview, Jack shares the riveting story, bringing to life a piece of history that has remained shrouded in mystery for generations.
The Silver King, a name that sparks curiosity and intrigue, has a remarkable story that you won't want to miss. Jack San Felice, renowned historian and an expert in the field, unveils the secrets and circumstances behind the finding of this extraordinary treasure.
From the painstaking research this conversation will shed light on the people and events that led to the unearthing of the Silver King. If you have a passion for history, treasure hunting, or just enjoy a good story, this is an episode you won't want to miss.
Be sure to like, share, and subscribe for more intriguing tales from the past. Join us on this extraordinary historical adventure, and let's discover the hidden secrets of the Silver King together.

Wyoming’s Deadly History | The Spring Creek Raid of 1909​

Nov 5, 2023


Wyoming history is rich in the stories of pioneers and tragedy out on the plains. In this video Wyoming historian Clay Gibbons shares the history behind one of the most historical events in Wyoming's history of the Spring Creek Raid.

The History of Goldfield Mining District with Clay Worst 2.0​


Clay Worst, the proprietor of the Old WASP Mine, offers an intriguing glimpse into the captivating history of the Goldfield mining district.

Death on the Mountain with Clay Worst 2.0​


Explore the intriguing connections between the 1960s, the Superstitions, Weavers Needle, Jesuit Gold, the Lost Dutchman gold, and elements of murder and mystery with Clay Worst in this captivating story. Uncover the fascinating ties that bind these historical and mysterious elements together.

Ted DeGrazia's Millions in in Hidden Art​


Explore the captivating narrative of the concealed artistic journey of Ted DeGrazia as recounted by Larry Hedrick. Delve into the updated account, featuring fresh insights and revelations about the hidden artistry of this remarkable individual. Join us on a journey through DeGrazia's artistic legacy, unveiling new perspectives and stories that add depth to his creative connection and love for the Superstition Mountains.

This RICH Gold Mine Was An Old Indian Chief's Secret Mine​

Nov 25, 2023


Back in 1858-1860 the Fraser River Gold Rush was running full steam. Miners coming into this area headed up to the Cayoosh and Bridge River areas looking for placer deposits. Earlier prospecting parties of Chinese around Bridge River basin were driven out by another miner prospector, Chief Hunter Jack, who himself had a secret placer mine somewhere in the region which many believed to be in upper portions reaches of Tyaughton Creek. A prospector named Cadwallader looked for the outcroppings on the creek that is now named after him and this creek later to be the site of the richest hard-rock veins in the region.
The district was one of the few bright lights in the BC economy during the Depression. In a seven-year period in the 1930s, the mines of the Bridge River produced $370,000,000 in gold.

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