- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 21, 2004

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — The U.S. Forest Service has granted approval to an Arizona group that wants to search an old gold mine for treasure.

With official approval in place, Ron Feldman and his Historical Exploration and Treasures is setting up camp outside the eastern boundary of the Superstition Wilderness, the Arizona Republic reported Monday.

From there, the men will travel by horseback to an undisclosed site at which they believe the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine of Jacob Waltz is located.

They will spend the next few months digging out the shaft, shoring it with timbers, and looking for artifacts that would establish a date.

Mr. Feldman said there could be silver or gold bars tucked away in a side tunnel of the shaft that he will be unearthing.

He said the bars were stashed when the Peralta family fled the area in 1848, the year Mexico ceded land north of the Gila River to the United States.

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