The "Peralta Stones" where originally discovered in 1949 (some people claim the discovery was in 1956) by a man who has only been fictiously identified as "Jack" while he was on a summer vaction in Arizona with his family. He had pulled off the highway (only identified as 60-70-80-89 to keep the exact location a secret) so he could get out of his car to get a better look at the Superstitions and hopefully, Weaver's Needle. Leaving his family in the car, he climbed a small hill nearby in an effort to use the higher elevation to get a better view. While on top of this hill he stumbled over a piece of rock slightly exposed in the sand below his feet. Thinking the rock was rather finely shaped, he inspected it closer and ultimately dug it out of the sand. What he had discovered was a rectangular piece of sandstone appearing rock, measuring approximately 17"x 22"x 3" and weighing about 25 pounds. This stone was the "Horse and Priest Map". In 1950 he returned to the same area and located two more stones, plus a smaller heart shaped stone which would fit exactly into the "Heart Map". The third stone located was the "Trail Map".
Without figuring out the clues on the maps, "Jack" died six years later. He had been good friends with Travis Marlowe, so in 1956 Jack's widow gave the stone maps to Marlowe. Marlowe then began many years of research on the stones, succeeding to some extent in locating trail markers and following clues, yet never discovering the actual mine(s). On June 12, 1964 the "Stone Maps" were publicly unveiled (to some extent at least, as certain clues were covered up) when an article was published in Life Magazine regarding the Peralta Stones.
Much has transpired over the years regarding these stones. At some point they were displayed in the Mesa Southwest Museum in Mesa, Arizona. However, litigation ultimately caused the stones to be entrusted to the non-profit A.L. Flagg Foundation, a mineral-oriented organization. In 1996 I was able to locate these stone maps at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. They are not on display (or they were not then), and must be asked for if you wish to view them. At the time I viewed them, I was charged $50.00 to photograph them. The following graphics are actual photographs I shot of the stones themselves.
The Horse Map
The Trail Map, front side
The Trail Map, back side (spells DON)
The Heart Map, front side
The Heart Map, back side
The Heart Map with Heart Stone inserted
The Heart Stone, front side
The Heart Stone, back side
The Heart Stone and Trail Stone, placed together, showing full map
If you can locate these two magazines you will find some interesting reading regarding the Peralta Stone Maps. The first is:
1. True West Magazine, April 1966 , Article Title "Invitation to a Ghost Walk" 2. Life Magizne, June 12, 1964, Article Title "Mysterious Maps to Lost Gold Mines"Return to the Home Page