Have Wayne Tuttle and his team made a serious find on History Channel’s LEGEND OF THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS? Last week, the team began looking for the Jesuit connection between the lost gold of the Superstitions, and chasing clues down the Salt River to “Black Cross Butte.” This week, they continued the search—and may have found something.
There was no way to know if the “cross” they were seeing on the side of the sheer mountain cliff at Black Cross Butte marked anything at all—or if it was even really placed there—without going directly to the source. Looking at the cliffs is kind of like looking at the clouds: If you look at them with expectations, you are likely going to see something. Sure, Eric Magnuson had a point: The appearance of the “cross,” with equidistant points and right angles, suggested manmade, perhaps a carving. But why?
There was nothing to do but check it out, and, of course, they did. Wayne, Magnuson and Eric “Deal” Deleel headed up the side of canyon, to check out the possibility that the cross was marking a mine. Woody and Frank stayed back with the boat (Frank stayed back with Woody as much as anything, it seemed), and they began climbing. Despite some stumbles, they finally got there—and they indeed found a possible mine, marked with another cross.
The cross they found was inside the “mine,” embedded in the rock. Deal was the lucky one who climbed up the final leg and actually into the huge bat cave. The cross was clearly handmade, clearly old, and obviously marking something. Was it marking gold? If it was, they left without it—for now. But, the pictures Deal took allowed them to get some more information and firmly establish a Jesuit connection via a visit to see Jack San Felice, a respected historian in the area. He confirmed that it was a Jesuit cross, probably from the mid-1700s. “I think you’re there, guys; you just have to find it.”
Are they there? And, even if they aren’t, could Magnuson be right? “We started out looking for the Lost Dutchman,” he said, “but this is bigger than that. What we’ve stumbled upon, it’s way bigger than Jacob Waltz, it’s way bigger than the Apaches.” Could he be right? Stay tuned.
LEGEND OF THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS airs on History Channel on Sunday nights at 10/9c.
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