milling town for the nearby Tip Top Mine began in 1876 and like so many
towns of the
was filled with lawlessness and violence.
The town's blacksmith, a man named
Henry Seymour, had a
side job of robbing the
Fargo stage coach outside of town.
In 1882, he held up three different stagecoaches on the,
obtaining a total of $69,000.
His lawlessness was suspected when he used some of his
proceeds in a local
poker game and soon he was caught trying to hold up a fourth stage.
Seymour was then sent to
prison, never revealing where he had hidden the loot. After he was
released from prison he dropped from sight and allegedly never
returned to Gillett to recover his
Gillett is now a ghost town with only the ruins of the Burfind Hotel
Bumble Bee Hidden Cache
According to legend, two hundred pounds of raw gold lies at the bottom
of a creek near the junction of Slate and Squaw Creeks close to
Bronco Canyon about four miles east of Bumble
Bee, it is said that
almost $80,000 in gold lays waiting for discovery. In the 1800s
two miners had set up camp in the canyon, prospecting the area. Soon,
the prospectors got lucky, finding a rich vein of gold quartz. Mining the vein they began to take out loads of gold, storing it under
a large rock near their camp. As winter approached, they began
to make plans on returning to their homes. However, before they
of Apaches attacked them, killing one, while the other managed to
The surviving miner did not attempt to return to the
site until the Indians had been subdued. However, he was an old
man by then and before he could make the trip he fell ill, telling the
story of the gold on his deathbed.
years later, a Mexican sheepherder found the campsite in Bronco Canyon
but didn't know of the mine or treasure. Other visitors to the area have reported seeing a crude arrastre in
the same region. However, the mine and buried treasure,
located about 4 miles east of Bumble Bee, has yet to be found.
just north of Black Canyon. The old
has many remaining buildings, some of which have been restored.
In the 1880s five bandits robbed a
this booming mining camp. Not finished with their thievery, they
robbed a stagecoach of a
strongbox containing 400 pounds of gold bars, dust, and nuggets, then
relieved the passengers of any valuables. Because the strongbox was
too heavy to take with them they buried at the side of the road. Within no time at all, a posse caught up with the desperados and everyone
of them were killed in the gunfight that followed. The posse later
found the stagecoach and its passengers not far from Topock, Arizona
and while they made a thorough search for the gold, it was ever found. The
location is along the Yucca-Needles stage road to the west of the Yucca
cemetery and a few buildings are all that left of
Mineral Park. Located on private property, you should get permission from the
current mining operation on the land.