Fools’ Gold by Robert Sikorsky Review

Robert Sikorsy’s Fools’ Gold shows that there is an adventurer in all of us from the young to the old, and no one is spared who goes after the lost Dutchman’s mine. The book is a nonfiction account of Superstition Mountains in Arizona published in 1983.

The author, who worked in a prospector’s camp in Superstition Mountains, switches between personal accounts and historical news articles. He describes how facts can be manipulated into legend. The lost Dutchman’s mine is connected with Spanish tales of the 7 Cities of Cibola, which were laid with gold. Many go looking for the mine, and no one is spared from disappointment. Though some are spared from death.

The book repeatedly makes the case that the mine does not exist and never will be found. The Dutchman, whose mine is purportedly lost, died as he lived, as poor man. Therefore, the true mystery revolves around the unsolved murders. From a young boy to an elderly man, many who wonder among the mountain, lose their lives in a similar manner. Shot with two bullets between the eyes or in the heart and beheaded. The boy wasn’t even looking for gold, he was hunting.

Still many prospectors come from all over the world in the hopes of finding the lost mine. They might notice they’re being followed by an Native American or find a spear in their camp like the author did. Perhaps the Native Americans are behind the murders. Sikorsky mentions that the area held religious value for Native Americans. Perhaps somewhere along the way, prospector’s misconstrued spiritual value for monetary value and assumed there was something worth stealing deep within the Native American Territory. What a shame, if so.

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