In 1949 a man named Jack was on vacation driving along the Superstition Mountains with his family. He was so intrigued by the site of Weaver’s Needle that jutted out of the mountains he pulled his car over to the side of rode and hiked up to a little hill to get a closer look. He felt a hard rock under his feet which he was able to dig up and it revealed two stone tablets. One had the carving of a horse on it and one had a priest. They also had some carvings which indicated a type of map leading to somewhere. One of the stones had a date of 1847 etched in it. He was obsessed with these stones and returned to the same area in 1950 and found two smaller stones, one being a heart and one with a recession in the middle in which the heart fitted exactly inside. The other stone was a trail map. He died in 1956 and his wife had passed them on to another man by the name of Travis Marlowe. Jack’s wife believed the stones brought on bad luck and wished to have nothing to do with them.
These stones are thought to belong to the mysterious Peralta family who were very powerful in Mexico during the 1700-1800s. There are legends that say they knew where the secret Lost Dutchman Mine was located and had been stripping it for generations. You can find the names Pedro and Miguel also carved in some of he stones.They are believed to be ancestors to the family.
The stones are a set of four consisting of : The horse, the priest map, the trail map, the heart and a flat one that is recessed where the heart fits into that shape.
There has been much speculation in the authenticity of these stones as to what they are, who really discovered them, and what they mean. Many do believe they hold secret codes to the location of the famous Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains. Carbon dating has been unsuccessful along with other methods as these stones have passed through many hands and some believe people have chiseled their own carvings or changed the original ones. It is also rumored that there are others out there in the area that have not been discovered.
It is said the key is the Latin heart- if you unlock the mystery, you can understand the meaning to the stones.
In my novel, Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn, Dean Banks will find one of the stones and he will come to use it in the most amazing way!
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