Quest for Peralta Gold
A Hidden History of Red Mountain
For more than a century
treasure seekers have scoured the rugged, deadly interior of the Superstition
Wilderness in search of the famous Sombrero Mines of Peralta. Many sacrificed
all their worldly possessions, and often their very lives in this quest.
made in 1988 show conclusively that the Sombrero Mines were never located
in the Superstitions, but rather in a sacred place where the Verde and
Salt Rivers come together.
Mount McDowell, known locally as Red Mountain, has guarded it's secret
past from the world until author John Ramses made the connection between
the landmarks shown on the Peralta-Ruth Map and the outcrops at Red Mountain
In this book the author has revealed everything he discovered in that
year which proves beyond doubt that the Sombrero Mines were real, and
includes the photos and location of the mines, landmarks, the tunnel, caves,
and the key to solving the riddle of the map. Also, the author will show
the reader how the map was created and ultimately deciphered.
Browse the photographs in this site and see for yourself the landmarks,
artifacts and mines belonging to this famous, if not infamous legend of
lost treasure. Then order a copy of Quest for Peralta Gold to learn more
of the hidden history of Red Mountain and one man's obsession to learn
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"A very attractive publication, full of the author's helpful photographs
documenting his argument that the mining activity he located near Red Mountain
matches the clues and tradition of the Peralta mines. It is a strong argument.
Like fellow author Jay Fraser, Ramses takes on the orthodox view that the
Lost Dutchman, or the Peralta mines, had to be in the Superstitions. In
particular, and most intriguingly, he presents his case that mining activity
and the geography of the Red Mountain area closely fits the Ruth-Peralta
map, much more so than the traditional view that it has to be about the
This is a very personal and fascinating story about John Ramses and his
discovery. It took the author more than ten hard years to get this material
into publication - what it cost him is poignantly presented. There really
isn't another Dutchman book quite like this, well worth reading. See author's
"Are all the searchers for the Lost Dutchman Mine looking in the wrong
place? Author John Victor Ramses thinks so. I have just finished his book,
" Quest For Peralta Gold, A hidden History of Red Mountain. John feels
that the Peralta mines and the Lost Dutchman mine are in the area of Red
Mountain and Arizona Dam Butte and he makes a good case for his hypothesis.
The main evidence that John presents for his conclusions, is the Peralta-Ruth
Map, known as the Perfil Mapa. Many people have a lot of faith in this
map and have tried to use it to locate the mine in the superstitions. As
far as I have been able to ascertain, no one has been able to find an exact
match for the profile on the map.
John's approach to the map is unique, but I think it makes a lot of sense.
To John the map is a series of sightings, rather than one complete profile.
You travel the trail until you see the profile of S. Cima, then you turn
South and travel through a saddle in the hills until you spot the next
landmark on the map and so on. John comes up with a lot of good evidence
as he goes through each clue. John found a number of caves and shafts in
the area, and he has included a number of very interesting pictures in
The main weaknesses that I see to Johns premise is the lack of any evidence
of major mining activities in the area and no ore samples to show. I'm
not going to get into all the other Dutchman clues that don't match up
with Red Mountain, that will be for others more knowledgeable than myself.
The book was very well written and interesting to read. John kept the book
to a reasonable length to keep the readers interest. There were some exciting
parts when John was shot while at Red Mountain, and a good lesson about
how much you tell others about what you are doing. The book was also a
very touching apology and tribute to John's ex-wife.
I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in Lost Treasures
and especially the Lost Dutchman Mine. John did his research and his book
will be of value to anyone interested in the Spanish mines of Arizona.
recently read "Quest for the Peralta Gold" by John Victor Ramses. It is
a fascinating story of one man's obsession with the search for lost treasure.
The author makes a compelling argument for his discovery of the legendary
lost Peralta Gold Mines. He claims to have found them just north of the
Superstition Mountains in Arizona and believes that the Lost Dutchman Mine
is nearby. Unfortunately, Mr. Ramses did not find any gold or riches. He
merely discovered a few long-abandoned diggings and some empty mine tunnels.
This book is certainly interesting even if you do not intend to venture
out into the Arizona desert in search of lost treasure".
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