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Superstition Mountain Museum
 
 
                                     
 
                                   Apache Trail/Hwy 88, Apache Junction, AZ
 

The Superstition Mountain Museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region. Perhaps nowhere in the entire United States is there an area full of legend, history and intrigue as the rugged 160,000 acre Superstition Mountain range in Central Arizona.

 

Archeological evidence indicates that people were here some 9000 years ago. Later inhabitants included the Salado, Hohokam and Apache Indians, followed by Spanish explorers and Mexican Gold Miners. Early American trappers and adventurers migrated to the area and were soon followed by cattlemen and farmers. Eventually, the U.S. Cavalry was sent in to establish forts to protect this rapidly growing population. As modern times approached, men and women began searching for what they believed was the richest gold mine in the world. This mine was made famous by Jacob Waltz, known as "the Dutchman", who took the secret of "his mine" to the grave in 1891.Even today, treasure hunters scour the mountains searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine, but now they share the region with campers, hikers, horseback riders and conservationists in what has officially become the Superstition Wilderness Area.

 

The 12 acre Museum site offers untold photo opportunities with it's reproductions of 19th Century businesses including a Wells Fargo office, stage coach stop, barber shop, assay office and other displays of authentic relics of the 1800's. Well marked nature walks crisscross the areas surrounding the museum buildings, all located at the base of the West Wall of the beautiful Superstition Mountain.....a one of a kind location. Visit the Elvis Memorial Chapel and the Audie Murphy Barn, museums in their own right, which were moved to the museum, piece by piece, following the second fire at the Apacheland Movie Ranch.

 

 

Heritage Days / Apacheland  2015

Heritage Days / Apacheland 2015

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Chief Running Mouth takes the loot

Chief Running Mouth takes the loot

Rick Meinecke and Windy Bill

Rick Meinecke and Windy Bill

Madame Marilyn with her book

Madame Marilyn with her book

Early Lately, Madame Marilyn, Raven

Early Lately, Madame Marilyn, Raven

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Heritage Days / Apacheland 2015

Smilin Jack, Raven, Sarge, Gila Jim

Smilin Jack, Raven, Sarge, Gila Jim

Heritage Days / Apacheland  2015

Heritage Days / Apacheland 2015

Camp 4 Post

Camp 4 Post

London Jack

London Jack

Shiloh, Purdy and Early Lately

Shiloh, Purdy and Early Lately

Farkely and Twilla Tidbit

Farkely and Twilla Tidbit

Farkel and London Jack

Farkel and London Jack

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Heritage Days / Apacheland 2015

Purday, Cutter, Raven and Twilla

Purday, Cutter, Raven and Twilla

the boys

the boys

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the aftermath....

the aftermath....

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Heritage Days / Apacheland 2015

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Heritage Days 2014

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Superstition Mountain Museum celebrates their Heritage Days and remembers Apacheland. Apacheland, destroyed by fire in l969, rebuilt and razed by fire, again, on Valentine’s Day, 2004  still lives in the hearts and minds of thousands of western movie buffs and two of its most famous buildings, which survived both fires, stand tall once again at the Superstition Mountain Museum on the Apache Trail. They were disassembled, moved and reconstructed in 2005 and once more the Elvis Memorial Chapel and the famous Apacheland Barn ( also known as the Audrey Murphy Barn) are now open as museums in their own right….testimonials to the many western feature films and TV serials that were produced there from the late l950s until  the town’s  demise. Not only was it a chance to meet and reminisce with Alumni stuntmen and actors, but there were reenactments by the Mojave Muleskinners, performances by the San Carlos  Apache Dancers, Gold Panning, Black Smith demonstrations, an operating “old time” Photography Studio, walks thru the Apacheland Barn - now a movie museum and a visit to The Elvis Memorial Chapel where the  movie “Charro”, starring Elvis Presley, was filmed in l969.

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