About the Vulture Gold Mine
Gold Fever

The Spanish came to Arizona in the 1500’s, looking for legendary cities of gold. They found only mud-walled adobe villages. The Mexicans mined some areas of Arizona in the 1700’s but the fierce Apaches soon drove them out. After the 1849 California gold rush began, Americans came to Arizona, but they were only on the route to California.

In 1858, Jake Snively discovered gold on the Gila River in the southwestern part of the state and, suddenly, Arizona was noticed. Frontiersman Pauline Weaver made another major strike in 1862, a little farther north along the Colorado river, at La Paz. With the second discovery, every miner who had not struck it rich in California headed for Arizona. Almost overnight, Arizona was awash with would-be millionaires.

Gold Fever | Henry Wickenburg | Highgrading | Ghosts | The Goldwaters | The Vulture's Discovery
The Glory Hole | The Hanging Tree | The Walnut Grove Dam Disaster |
The Vulture's "Profit Sharing Plan" | Gold Mines vs. Gold Placers | The Depression at the Vulture |
John and Marge Osborne | The Birth of Phoenix, AZ

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