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« on: January 10, 2010, 08:46:26 pm »
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In the late 1880's, 5 bandits robbed a saloon in the booming mining camp of Mineral Park. While escaping, they robbed a stagecoach of a strongbox containing 400 pounds of gold bars, dust and nuggets and the passengers of additional valuables. The strongbox was too heavy to take with them and in their haste, pushed it off to the side of the road and covered it with dirt. A posse caught up with the gang shortly afterwards and killed them all. The posse found the stagecoach and its passengers not far from Topock and all made a thorough search for the gold, but nothing was ever found. The location is along the Yucca-Needles stage road to the W of the Yucca Stage Station.

The above coins might have come from a cache made by 4 outlaws who robbed the Sante Fe train in 1889, 34 miles E of Flagstaff. The loot was taken up Canyon Diablo to a cedar thicket where the spendable loot was divided and the diamond jewelry and separated rifles and watches buried on the rim. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010, 05:52:34 pm »
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Grt. story there Froggy, i am going to look into them. the one at canyon Diablo i heard about and looks like a good place to explore. thank and good luck Detecting

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2010, 06:11:02 pm »
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  gotta love those outlaws, so did these stories take place in Arizona?  I saw you mention Flagstaff,

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2010, 06:17:51 pm »
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  Toleary here is a little more

Canyon Diablo, Arizona  originated as a railroad town in 1880 when construction was halted until a bridge could be built over the canyon. A further delay was caused by financial difficulties and it wasn?t until 1890 that the railroad bridge was completed.

The canyon had earlier been given its name by a soldier named Lieutenant Whipple in 1853 when it presented such an obstacle to his thirty-fifth parallel survey party. Having to go miles out of their way to get across, he appropriately named it Devil?s Canyon. When the town was born, it took the canyon's name, which ended up being extremely appropriate for the reputation that the town would soon earn.

There being no law enforcement in the settlement, it quickly became a wild and lawless place as drifters, gamblers, and outlaws made their way to town. With the closest law enforcement being some 100 miles away, the settlement earned a reputation of being meaner than Tombstone and Dodge City combined, with many of it "citizens? winding up in the local cemetery. The saloons, gambling dens and brothels never closed, running 24 hours a day. The town comprised mostly of shacks with two lines of buildings facing each other across the rocky road on the north side of the railroad right-of-way. The "street,? aptly referred to as Hell Street, included fourteen saloons, ten gambling houses, four brothels and two dance halls. Wedged between these businesses  were a couple of eating counters, a grocery and a dry goods store.

With a population of nearly 2,000, a regular stage operated between Flagstaff and Canyon Diablo that ended up being the target of many robberies. When Canyon Diablo finally got a peace officer, the first one pinned on a badge at 3:00 p.m. and was laid out for burial at 8:00 p.m. Five more foolish men also tried their hands at marshaling in this God forsaken town. None of them lasted more than a month in the position before they too were killed.

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2010, 10:40:58 pm »
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     Thank you very much for your information on the area Seldom.. I love that stuff.  this sounds like an area i really want to check out.

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2010, 11:24:39 pm »
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It's an interesting area alright---just make sure you know where you are, especially if you are planning on breaking out a metal detector.   A lot of the land in the area (including most of the canyon Canyon Diablo (as opposed to the town)) is either on land controlled by the Navaho Nation or on national park or national monument land.....so make sure you've got a current land administrations map with you when you explore there.

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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2010, 11:53:48 pm »
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   very very good to know...thanks BA....is there a website that a lot of folks use to look for certain property's and who owns them?

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2010, 12:49:30 am »
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An interesting story, Those Bandits sounds like real oppertunist. These old mining towns sounds interesting also. Id like to se how that part of the country looks like now. Some photos would be nice also     Cool

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   very very good to know...thanks BA....is there a website that a lot of folks use to look for certain property's and who owns them?


probably the best online source is

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2010, 06:08:18 pm »
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   Thansk a lot BA

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