Apache Junction in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Jacob Von Walzer
1808 – 1891
—Lost Dutchman Gold Route —
To the Memory of
Jacob Von Walzer
1808 – 1891
In his honor, U. S. Highway 70 which passes through the great states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California assures all men the freedom to find the scenic treasures within our borders.
Erected 1961 by National Lost Dutchman Gold Route Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 33° 24.922′ N, 111° 32.951′ W. Marker is in Apache Junction, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Apache Trail and Old West Highway. Click for map. Marker is hidden behind wall and shrubs at northeast corner. Pull in first drive on east side of Apache Trail just north of Old West Highway. Marker is in this post office area: Apache Junction AZ 85120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this Goldfield Mining District (approx. 3.5 miles away); Superstition Mountain Historical Society (approx. 3.5 miles away); Ghost Town of Goldfield (approx. 4.6 miles away); Bluebird Mine and Gift Shop (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Goldfield Mining District (approx. 4.6 miles away); Canyon Lake (approx. 10.4 miles away); Falcon Field (approx. 10.8 miles away); Per Ardua Ad Astra (approx. 10.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Apache Junction.
Also see . . . The Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine. The story behind The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine and Jacob Von Walzer. (Submitted on May 8, 2010.)
1. Gene Calman Narrative - E Clampus Vitus
"The plaque was cast in Los Angeles for the Lost Dutchman Gold Route Association which was an Arizona Business Association. Five were cast and they were supposedly to be erected at locations along old US Highway 60-70, starting on a pier at Atlantic or Morehead City, North Carolina, Mesa, Arizona, and the Santa Monica Pier, the western terminus. The other two locations are unknown. The plaque at Mesa is supposedly in place after having been stolen once and then going around the world bolted on a ship.
I was in North Carolina
This plaque was sent to the District XI Division of Highways office in 1962 by the District VII office in Los Angeles. They didn't want to erect it in their area because Highway 60-70 was superseded by Interstate 10. District XI didn't want it either for the same reason. So the plaque languished in the Stores Department here in San Diego for a while.
Leo Cline, XNGH, and X-Clampatriarch, first tried to liberate the plaque but was unable to find a suitable site. Then Max Johnson, XNGH and XSNGH, was also unsuccessful. Eventually I took a try and after examining the wrapping paper traced it to the foundry and eventually to the trophy company in Phoenix where the plaques had been ordered. The widow of the company owner gave me what little information is known about the location, and she eventually told me to erect it in the place I thought most suitable."
— Submitted October 15, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona.
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