a thriving city even in 1908.
Black Canyon Hill -
Once a dangerous spot on the old stage
road, numerous holdups took place here. Some of this ill-gotten
cache is said to be buried in the area. Black Canyon Hill
is located 38 miles south of Prescott on Highway 49.
- A treasure known as the Silver of the Dead Apache is located in the
Bradshaw Mountains east of Prescott.
- An early prospector in Chino Valley, about 20 miles north of
Prescott, is believed to have buried a large quantity of gold coins
and nuggets somewhere in or near his cabin before he died. The
treasure has never been recovered.
In the 1800s, a party of successful prospectors were
returning from the Big Sandy River to Prescott with a load of gold
dust and nuggets held in several canvas bags. Taking a rest and water
break at Granite Dells, about four miles north of Prescott, they were
soon attacked by Indians. Quickly, the prospectors buried the
gold near near the spring as the attack ensued. All but one of
the prospectors were killed by the Indians. Later, the lone
survivor would return to the site with a search party on several
occasions. However, they never found any signs of the buried
gold. Some have speculated that the Indians dug up the treasure
and reburied it somewhere else in the same area.
In any case the treasure remains somewhere in the Granite Dells
waiting for discovery.
Granite Mountain - The
strongboxes of at least 2 stagecoach robberies are
believed to be buried somewhere on the slopes of Granite Mountain
northwest of Prescott.
Kneeling Man Boulder -
According to legend, a treasure chest containing an
estimated $100,000 in gold was buried by miners being pursued by a group
of hostile Indians in the late 1800s. Escaping from their pursuers,
they traveled about the area, burying the gold along the way as the
Indians followed them in hot pursuit. All but one of the miners
succumbed to exhaustion and dehydration. However, one man, who was also
dying, lived long enough to tell the tale. The burial site is said
to be near a spring at the foot of a mountain near Prescott. Buried
under a boulder shaped like a kneeling man, a nearby tree was marked with
a cross above a half circle just a few feet away. Even though the
landmarks were located, the gold has never been recovered.