The Fabulous Lost Adams Diggins

Gold Nugget

Somewhere out in these rugged mountains, just maybe, lies the greatest lost mine of ‘em all, The Lost Adams.

According to legend a sheer canyon wall with a huge boulder at the base hides a narrow opening into a Z-shaped canyon, called by the Apaches, Sno-ta-hay. This hidden canyon opens up into a small valley with a stream running through. Beneath the floor of a burned out cabin lies several buckskin poke sacks containing millions of dollars in gold dust (at today’s prices). Treasure seekers have searched in vain for over a century trying to locate the entrance to that mysteri­ous canyon.

The story began along the Gila Trail in the mid- 1860s. A freighter named Adams was camped near Gila Bend when a band of Apaches drove off his team of horses. Adams grabbed his rifle and ran off in pursuit. He eventually caught up with the animals but upon returning to camp saw that his wagon had been ransacked and burned.

How to Grow a Mesquite Tree

Mesquite Tree

Q: I’d like to plant some mesquite, but I’ve heard they sprout best after passing through the alimentary canal of a bird or a cow or some other animal. Without such an animal, will they still sprout?

A: Did you know they used to use mesquite wood to pave streets in some towns in Texas? That would be something to see.

Yes, it is true that mesquite is dispersed by animals eating the seedpods and depositing the seeds elsewhere. And it is true that such seeds germinate easily because they hit the ground with a big dollop of fertilizer.

However, you do not have to have a cow or a bird or whatever around to grow mesquite.

Arizona’s First Christmas in the Pines

campfire pot

The first recorded Christmas in Arizona, north of the Gila River, took place in 1853 at the foot of the snowy San Francisco Peaks. And it was a wild and woolly affair. The celebrants were the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, their military escorts and helpers who were, at the time, mapping a future transcontinental highway and railroad line across Arizona. This region had only recently become a part of the United States and the Corps, America’s frontier rendition of the astronauts, were called upon to explore and map it. The officer in charge was a quiet, reserved young man named Lieutenant Amiel Whipple.

Tanks by the Road in Bouse

Tank by Bouse

BOUSE — Regardless of which way you’re headed, State Route 72 enters and exits Bouse in less than ten minutes. It would be easy to miss the whole town if it weren’t for the enormous pieces of military equipment sitting in a little park alongside the road. There are two of them. One is a M60 Patton Tank. The other one looks like a tank but it’s actually an M109 self-propelled howitzer.