Doug Stewart. © 1994-2012.
Lost mines, treasures, mysterious mountains, old prospectors, Indians -- not too surprising to find a few young adult books. See the Introduction for an explanation of bibliographic and publishing information as well as notes and comments.
- Arnold, Oren. 1900-1980.
Mystery of Superstition Mountain. Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.: Harvey House, Inc. Publishers, 1972. Hardcover with dust jacket, 191 pages, with illustrations by Jimmie Ihms. "In their search for the Dutchman's lost gold mine in Arizona, six people are drawn together by friendship, romance, and the need to survive." Yes, that Oren Arnold. There are both trade and library editions.
- Trade edition. $3.95/$27.00,$12.00, all with dj.
- Library edition. ?/$8.00.
- Baker, Ethel Mary. 1895-.
Tower house. Caldwell Id.: The Caxton Printers Ltd., 1944.
Hardcover with dust jacket, 298 pages. Illustrated by Manville Chapman. First printing May 1944, Second printing December 1944, Third printing August 1945, Fourth printing, November 1946. Very attractive book.
Second printing. ?/$17.50 no dj.
Fourth printing. $2.50/$35 with dj.
- Bausch, Nancy Lee.
Gold Dust Kids in the Superstitions. iUniverse.com, 2010. Softcover, 380 pages. Kindle Edition, 384 KB. "Gold Dust Kids in the Superstitions is a suspense novel featuring a plot that revolves around disabled children at a ranch for equine-assisted therapy in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. This book has humor, thrills, and a focus on the abilities and sensitivities of the disabled children, all with a Southwestern flavor and the mystery of the Lost Dutchman Mine at the forefront."
Kindle edition. $7.99.
- Broach, Elise.
Missing on Superstition Mountain. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2011. Hardcover: 272 pages. Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo. Kindle Edition. 1412 KB. Numerous audio editions. Publisher: "It's summer and the three Barker brothers - Simon, Henry, and Jack - just moved from Illinois to Arizona. Their parents have warned them repeatedly not to explore Superstition Mountain, which is near their home. But when their cat Josie goes missing, they see no other choice. There's something unusually creepy about the mountain and after the boys find three human skulls, they grow determined to uncover the mystery. Have people really gone missing over the years, and could there be someone or some thing lurking in the woods? Together with their new neighbor Delilah, the Barker boys are dead-set on cracking the case even if it means putting themselves in harm's way."
See the dust jacket illustration.
- Hardcover. $15.99/$10.87
Kindle Edition. $9.99.
- Dunphy, Madeleine, and Anne Coe.
Here is the Southwestern Desert. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 1995. Hardcover with dust jacket, unpaged (32 pages), 14 color illustrations. Text by Madeleine Dunphy, illustrated by Anne Coe. From the dust jacket: "Here Is the Southwestern Desert explores the elements that build the chain of life in the Sonoran Desert. From the cactus to the hawk to the lizard to the roadrunner to the tree to the bobcat to the badger to the squirrel to the coyote to the snake to the hare, and, finally, from the hare back again to the cactus, no single one can exist without the others. Madeleine Dunphy has created a cumulative poem that gathers in all the warm and native elements that make the American Southwest such a mystical place. And Anne Coes stunning paintings capture the magical colors that bounce off the rocks and streak the sky in the Sonoran Desert." This is a very handsome volume in a series of illustrated books for children on the natural world. Anne Coe did the marvelous illustrations and they beautifully capture the desert landscape, its plants, and animals. Even if they don't tell you, if you know the Superstition Mountain-Goldfield area they will look very familiar. There is a new edition: Berkeley: Web of Life Children's Books, 2007. Hardcover and paperback, 32 pages with illustrations. Their website.
- 1995. $14.95/? signed by illustrator.
2007. $16.95/$16.95 for hardcover; $9.95/$9.95 paperback.
- Ely, Cindy S.
The Superstitions. CreteSpace, 2012. Softcover, 346 pages. Kindle edition. 697 KB.
"Like most teenagers Arizona Palmer just wanted to fit in and be a normal 16 year old. After a night in the Sonoran desert she would be anything but normal. Under the glow of a blue moon, while camping with her friends near the Superstition Mountains, Arizona is confronted with unforeseen danger which transforms her very existence in an unexpected yet profound way. Eventually she is lured back to the Superstitions where myth becomes reality and a charming, but mysterious acquaintance talks of sacrifice and destiny. Arizona is drawn to this mystery man, but questions his motives. Is he her rescuer or her adversary?"
- 4.99. Kindle edition.
- Flower, Jessie Graham.
Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders on the Old Apache Trail. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1921. Hardcover, 255 pages, with one illustration. They start their ride of the Old Apache Trail from Globe. One in a series of popular novels written for teenagers. The publisher puts it this way: "Grace Harlowe and her friends of the Overton College Unit seek adventure on the mountain trails and in the wilder sections of their homeland, after their return from service in France. These stories are of real girls for real girls."
- $1/$22.50 no dust jacket.
- Hamilton, Elizabeth L.
Lost on Superstition Mountain. Hamilton, MT: Quiet Impact, 2004. Softcover, 138 pages with illustrations.
- Harris, Harry M.
Billy Joe and the Rangers. New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1965. Hardcover, 128 pages with illustrations. Nicely illustrated by Sidnee Neale. Billy Joe gets lost on Superstition Mountain, captured by the Ace-in-the-Hole gang, escapes and helps the Arizona Rangers stop a bank robbery. From the authors note: Some of the material for my story was drawn from my own experiences. While with the 364th Infantry Division during World War II, my company, Company K, spent three days on field problems in and about Superstition Mountain. I know from experience that it is quite possible to get lost on this mountain.
- ?/$40, $30, $25, $20, $15 with dust jackets; $25, $18 no dust jacket.
- Hayes, William. 1913-.
Indian tales of the desert people. New York: Donald McKay Co., 1957. Illustrated by William Hayes. Hardcover with dust jacket, xvi, 111 pages. A nice book for young readers telling twelve stories based on the myths and folklore of the Pimas and Papagos - much centers around Superstition Mountain (Gah-koat-kee or Crooked Mountain). Nicely illustrated. For Pima legends see:
The flood on Superstition Mountain and Pima flood legend.
- ?/$12, $8.50.
- Henty, G.A. (George Alfred) 1832-1902.
The golden canon. New York: Hurst and Comp. (Federal Book Co.), 1899. Hardcover with
dust jacket, xii, 223 pages. "Story for the search for a gold mine up the Salt River beyond the Verde River
in the mountains to the south." (GD) In other words, the Superstitions. Henty was a popular writer of boy's
- Hezlep, William. 1936-.
Ghost Town. Studio City: Players Press, 1981. Reissued in 1992. Stapled pamphlet, 20 pages. This is a one-act play for children. (From Contemporary Authors: "As a playwright, William Hezlep has devoted much of his career to writing for children. In his popular "Travelers" series of nine plays, which include Ghost Town, Pharaoh's Dagger, and Treasure of the Mayans, two likeable children find themselves in the center of amazing adventures that involve magic, exotic locations, and plenty of action and suspense.") "...Erin and Dirk have traveled to the wild west to explore a real ghost town ... The children meet an old prospector, Crazy Sally. She is searching for the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. Two nasty varmints, Boris and Lizard, are stalking Crazy Sally hoping to steal her map to the mine." All is set right by the ghost of Jacob Waltz, who tells them "Do not seek the Lost Dutchman. Better things there are in life than gold. Seek instead to lead good lives, help others, and wisely keep away from Dutchman's Gold."
- Howard, Mary Ann.
Superstition Mountain Baltimore: PublishAmerica, 2003. Softcover, 78 pages. Chris, Jenny, and Joe meet aliens in Superstition Mountain. I guess it is the Superstitions, the first two sentences: "An eerie sound echoed near the old Apache trail of the Superstition Mountain. Chris stopped looking for gold nuggets." Not much to recommend it. The publisher has a web site, PublishAmerica, where the book can be ordered.
- James, Larry W.
September Rose Searches for Hidden Gold. Scottsdale: lj children's books, 2004. Hardcover, (40 pages) vii, 29, and 4 unnumbered pages. Map and color illustrations by the author. From the backcover: "In this story September Rose joins with a group of kids to search for a treasure of gold rumored to be hidden by a prospector in the Superstition Mountains. September is allowed to bring her curious pet Pongo Pongo, a small young elephant, to help her look." This is a charming children's book, nicely illustrated and printed. The author has a website.
- $7.95/$7.95 signed.
- Keene, Carolyn.
The Kachina Doll Mystery. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. This edition: Minstrel Books (published by Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster), 1988. Softcover, 175 pages. "First Minstrel Books printing October 1988." This is number 62 in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series. Nancy Drew is off to Apache Junction and the Superstitions to help her friends solve some trouble at their new resort. From the backcover: "The desert can be a deceptive, dangerous place -- especially a remote section of the Arizona desert that is haunted by the ancient Indian curse of the Kachina dolls. Nancy has come to a friend's ranch to look into the case, and all she finds is trouble."
- Kemp, William.
The Winged Warriors: and the Apache Junction Rough Riders. Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2008. Softcover, 64 pages. Page vii: "This story takes place in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. Time period 1950s. Now let's get on with the story!" Back cover: "This story came to me in a dream. It happened a few months after my wife and I had taken a trip to Ariozna. It you go to Arizona you must visit the Superstition Mountains, where the Dutchman's mine is hidden! In case you haven't heard many people have lost their lives looking for it! A lot from the hands of others also looking."
- Kramer, Walther Smith. (pseudonym)
Treasure at Bar X. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1955. Hardcover, 149 pages, with illustrations by Gerald McCann. The three authors who wrote this are Bettina Leonard Kramer, Mary Rodgers Smith, and Genevieve Walther. "Betty and Bob's vacation on a ranch near Phoenix introduces them to Indians, rustlers and the Superstition Mountains."
- ?/$12.00 no dj.
- Laughlin, Florence. 1910-.
Mystery Mountain. Philadelphia: Macrae Smith Company, 1964. Hardcover with dust
jacket, 156 pages, with numerous illustrations by Barbara Werner.
- First printing. $3.25/$2.00.
Second printing. $3.50/$11.95, $6.55.
- McManigal, Ann.
Calico Kate's adventures in the Superstition Mountains. Glen Haven, Scottsdale, Disneyland: Calico Kate's Pantry Shops, 1964. Illustrated by the author. Spiral bound, 33 illustrated pages. There are several Calico Kate books for little children, this one has Kate off to the Superstitions where she meets Mr. Mountain Lion, Ray Rattlesnake, Tilly Tarantula, even Homer Horny Toad. I pity the child whose parents were stubborn enough to read them the whole thing.
- Meaker, Mabel Sears.
The prospector's promise. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, Co., Inc., 1960. Illustrated by Louis Segal. Hardcover with dust jacket, 183 pages, with 12 drawings. "When Judy and Elizabeth grubstake an old prospector looking for the Lost Dutchman mine, he promises them a share of whatever he finds."
- ?/$22.00, dj.
- Meissner, David.
The Lost Dutchman. Tucson: Reading A-Z. Booklet, 14 pages. Illustrated by Maria Voris. The publisher sells these books as downloadable files that the buyer prints and then assembles into a book. These curriculum materials are available to teachers through a yearly subscription fee. This one is a reading text written for fourth graders: Reading Level
V. Word Count 3776. From the website: "The Lost Dutchman is a fictional story about two boys, Billy and Jacob, and their teacher, Mr. Martinez. The boys are learning about Arizona in the 1800s, and in particular the Gold Rush and a legend from that time. However, something goes funny, and the boys and their teacher end up searching for the gold from the legend. All is back to normal when Billy realizes he has just been daydreaming. Or has he?"
- Munch, Theodore W. 1919- and Robert D. Winthrop.
Thunder on Forbidden Mountain. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1976. Hardcover with dust jacket, 155 pages. "Kevin, his sister Marcy, and Apache 'sitter' Ramona take a tenderfoot Ohio cousin on a long hike into the Superstition Mountains of Arizona where they encounter more adventure than they anticipated."
- Palmer, Bernard. 1914-.
Danny Orlis on Superstition Mountain. Chicago: Moody Press. Softcover, 128 pages. One in a series of many Christian stories for teens that Palmer wrote. It is Superstition Mountain in name only, in this story it is in Mexico. There are several different covers.
- Papadimos, Mary.
Strong Head Sam: the cowgirl hero. ?: CreateSpace (BookSurge Publ.), 2010 (2009). Softcover, 24 pages. Illustrated by Michael Calandra. "Strong Head Sam, born in the foothills of Arizona's Superstition Mountain, grew up to become a sharpshooter and to do incredible feats of bravery and strength: creating waterfalls; rescuing people in trouble; clearing boulders, to name just a few, and earning herself a reputation akin to that of Paul Bunyan." From the book: "Howdy, y'all! I'm going to tell you a story about a sixteen-foot-three-inch-tall Wild West wilderness girl named Strong Head Sam. She was born to Sammy and Nellie Strong in the foothills of Arizona's Superstition Mountain in a small cabin at the mouth of the Verde River. Even when Sam was just a little tyke, she had the eyes of a six hawks and the strength of eight buls. Sam was a chip off the old block from her father, Sammy Strong."
- Priest, George.
Josh Akers Mysteries, Book 1. Frederick: PublishAmerica, 2001. Softcover, 111 pages. From the publisher: "Middle School student, Josh Akers, and his mother must go to live with Grandmother Mimi after his father dies. His mother must travel a great deal, leaving Josh and Grandmother Mimi to have many adventures together. In the first adventure, grandmother tells Josh the legend of the Blacksmiths gold. Josh and Mimi solve a mystery in their own town and uncover the gold. In the second adventure, they learn Mimi has inherited an old ranch near the legendary Lost Dutchman Treasure. Mimi and Josh, with the help an old prospector, unravel a mystery and discover the true meaning of the Lost Dutchman Treasure. In the third adventure, Mimi and Josh have the opportunity to go to Mexico, the Land of the Maya. Find out what happens when Josh Josh goes exploring and is imprisoned by tomb robbers. Can Mimi solve this mystery on her own?"
- Shell, Nellie K.
Treasure Mountain. Phoenix: Century Graphics, 2001. Softcover, 135 pages. Illustrated by Catherine L'Odense. On the back cover: "Within the mysterious depths of Superstition Mountain lies the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. For over one hundred years it has drawn gold seekers from all over the world, but no one has ever found it. When their Uncle Bob takes Chip and Tim on a "Dutchman Hunt," the brothers find the mountain is full of surprises and dangers beyond their wildest imaginations. They also learn that finding gold is not the most important thing in life." The author thanks Tom Kollenborn in her Acknowledgments and there is a strong recommendation of the book from Kollenborn on the back cover.
- Shirreffs, Gordon Donald. 1914-.
Mystery of the haunted mine. New York: Scholastic Book Service, 1965, c1962. Paperback, 252 pages. 0riginal title: The haunted treasure of the Espectros. Philadelphia: Chilton, 1962. Third printing. March 1966. A writer of westerns and children's books. Wrote Rio Bravo and many other westerns. Back cover: "The Espectros...The Haunted Mountains! Somewhere in those canyons is a fortune...thousands of dollars worth of gold that men have searched and died for. The Indians say it is guarded by ghosts - but Gary and Tuck refuse to believe that ghosts use live ammunition!" The Espectros are in Arizona, they are dominated by a formation know as "The Needle", they are rumored to contain a fortune in gold left over one hundred years ago by the Malgosa Brothers; where did he get a story idea like this?
First printing. March 1965. $.45/$4.00.
Third printing. March 1966. $.45/$15.00, $4.00.
Fifth printing. ?/$8.
Seventh printing. ?/$8.
- Swinford, Betty. 1927-.
Scotty and the Lost Dutchman Mine. Chicago: Moody Press, 1969. Softcover, 128 pages. On the cover: "Moody Youth Library." There are a number of "Scotty and the..." titles. There are two different covers for this book.
- Swinford, Betty. 1927-.
Das Gold der Apachen. Wetzlar: Verlag Hermann Schulte, 1973. Paperback (19 cm.), 160 pages with illustrations. German language edition of Scotty and the Lost Dutchman. Translated by Erna Schulte and illustrated by Egon Schwartz. Second printing in 1975, Third printing 1978.
- Frist printing. DM 7.80/?
Third printing. DM 9.95/$20.00
- Tucker, Regina.
The legend of the Lost Dutchman's gold mine. Gilbert:Sol de Oro Publications, 2004. Softcover, with photographs, illustrations and maps. The book can be purchased with either a blue cover or a golden-yellow cover, and with flat or spiral binding. The book can be ordered from Sol de Oro Publications. From the author's web site: "This is the only children's book based solely on this legend and was written by Regina Tucker in special consultation with Tom Kollenborn, one of Arizona's foremost historians and experts on this legend. It is filled with over 50 full-color photos and illustrations of the locale of this legend and of the era. It also has a copy of the map that "the Dutchman" left to his caregiver before his death and a list of the 14 clues he left that still baffle us today. There are suggested reading lists (for children and adults) in the back of the book. Additional resources listing and maps are also included in the Appendix."
- Warner, Gertrude Chandler. 1890-1979.
The mystery of the lost mine. Morton Grove: Albert Whitman & Co., 1996. Softcover and hardcover, 121 pages, illustrated by Charles Tang. One of the numerous books in the Boxcar Children Mysteries series. "On a camping trip to Arizona with their grandfather, the Alden children search for a lost gold mine." In fact, they stay at an RV park at the foot of Superstition Mountain and get captured by the idea of looking for the Lost Dutchman mine. There is some intrigue, and most amazingly, the stone maps even get a mention: "Not too long ago, some tourists found some small stone slabs with pictures carved on them. The stones were supposed to be maps, with clues to the location of the gold mine. If a person figured out the clues, they would find the mine. Like a treasure hunt." Well written, nice illustrations.
- Paper. $3.95/$3.95.
- Weiser, Jacob.
The Lost Dutchman. Marietta: Discovery Press, 1989. Paperback, 140 pages. Illustrations.
- Woolgar, Jack E. 1894-.
The missing gold mystery. Mt. Vernon: Lantern Press, 1977. 158 pages. "On a camping trip in the Superstition Mountains, three teen-age boys try to find a long-lost gold mine but discover that they have some mysterious competition in their search."
Doug Stewart. © 1994-2012.