Apache Junction in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Jacob Von Walzer
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1961.
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 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Apache Junction AZ 85120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Apache Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Goldfield Mining District (approx. 3½ miles away); Superstition Mountain Historical Society (approx. 3½ 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); Williams Field Honor Roll, Chandler, Arizona (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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,
I was in North Carolina in 2002 and checked but could find anyone one who knew anything about it, although I was told that piers in that area come and go with the hurricanes.
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 They didn't want to erect it in their area because Highway 60-70 was superseded by Interstate 10.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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