Buried Treasure At ArivacaBy Vernon Vannoy
From page 40 of the June, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © June, 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved
Buried somewhere in the old Spanish town of Arivaca in southern Pima County, Arizona, is a large accumulation of gold and silver taken from the mines in the area.
It was in the early days of Arizona history when the country was still dominated by Spain that the small community of Arivaca was established by missionaries.
Today, the old Spanish town lazes in the sun only a few miles across the southern tip of the cactus-studded Sierrita Mountains from Long John Latham's Wild Horse RanchArizona headquarters for Treasure/ Rockhound Ranch Club.
But to get back to its early history, the padres worked several mines near Arivaca and stored much of the gold and silver in the historic village. All through its history in Spanish times, the small adobe village was beset with Indian troubles. Apaches made many raids on the settlement.
It was during one of these raids that the padres, with the help of slaves, buried a large quantity of gold ingots and silver bullion in the corner of an adobe house.
This Apache raid proved more fierce and determined than previous ones, and all of the inhabitants who were not killed were chased back into Mexico. The padres who survived the massacre thought it best to return to Mexico City. Fearful of their lives, they did not return to the tumbled adobe buildings to recover their gold and silver. The treasure should still be there.
Arivaca is located northwest of Nogales on State Highway 289. It is on the edge of the Coronado National Forest and right around the corner of theg Sierritas from Treasure/Rockhound Ranch, as mentioned.
Tom Penfield lists another $5 million treasure nearby that has not been recovered. Details can be found in "A Guide to Treasure in Arizona," from Carter/Latham Publications, P.O. Box 328, Conroe, Texas 77301.
This gives the treasure hunter two lost hoards to search for in Arivaca, and don't forget the mines the padres worked to gain their gold and silver. These, too, should he nearby--Vernon Vannoy