The Africa, Riverside and Whipple Mountains

    The Africa, Riverside and Whipple Mountains have all produced a good amount of gold as the years have gone by. The Riverside Mountain district is also called and known as the Bendigo district. There were a few deposits in this area that were quite big and had veins that were up to fifteen feet in width. There is another sought after mine in this area which is called the Lost Arch. There are two versions of the story that occurred in this place. The first one talks about a party of Mexican miners that were going to their work places at La Paz, Arizona. The miners camped in the Turtle Mountains one night and discovered a rich placer field. There were a couple of stucco cabins that were built to house the men. The cabins had an arch that connected them and this turned somewhat into another room. The Mexican miners continued to work on the deposits until there was no water anymore and had been there around three or four months. These men all together accumulated around $30,000 to $40,000 in gold and divided it into equal amounts and went back home and promised to never go back without each other and promised to never let known the location of the mine to anybody outside of the group and they never went back.

    The tale of the lost arch
    There is also a story that talks about an arch or natural bridge that was found by two prospectors who were named Fish and Crocker who had run out of water and were looking for more. The two prospectors split up and Fish decided to go up to a canyon past some huge boulders into a wash. The wash had a natural bridge on the top of it and Fish decided to sit down for awhile to get some rest. Fish then decided to start digging into the sand in order to look for some water. He did not find any water but he did find a great amount of gold. He put together as much as he could hold and then ran back down to the camp to let his partner know about his discovery. After having showed his partner, Cocker, the gold, they both decided they would go back to the Colorado River to get a good supply of the water they needed and would then go back and work on the placer that had been found. When they got to the Colorado River apparently Cocker out of thirst, drank an excessive amount of water and got very sick. His partner Fish tried to get his friend to Ehrenberg so he could see a doctor but Cocker died before Fish was able to get him help. A few months after Cocker had died Fish then decided to return back to the mine to mine the gold he had discovered. However, he tired to find the natural bridge but was not able to. He spent the next seventeen years trying to look for the lost treasure and in 1900 he died. There are many people that claim to have seen this lost bridge or arch over the years, however it is always later that they find out that this could contain gold in it. It is said that the lost arch or bridge has a lot of hematite in the area and that a big outcropping of hematite is what supposedly marks the spot as well.