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Lost Josephine Mine and the Cache

One of the Most Famous Spanish Mines in America

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Hoyt Peak Utah in the Unita Mountains



It all started July 1997 at 7:00 am Saturday morning when we got in the truck to make our way to Kamas Utah. I was with two good friends of mine when they told me about an area that was rich in old Spanish history, mines, and treasures. We planned on the trip taking about an hour and a half from home. I was 18 years old and new to the Salt Lake City Utah area at the time and never traveled through Parley’s Canyon before. The drive was beautiful and I couldn’t keep my mind from wandering about the adventure that was in store for us. When we arrived at Kamas my friend pulled a book out of his backpack titled “Of Men and Gold” by Stephen B. Shaffer. He showed me a couple of clues that helped us decide how we were going to get to the summit of this mountain standing in front of us.

We made our way up the mountain from the west on a very rough road in a 2-wheel drive pickup that never did make it all the way up. We left the truck and grabbed our backpacks and followed the old road until we hit a gate next to the road. After a couple of miles of hiking the trees changed and the grass was greener as we felt more excited figuring that we were in the right area. We stopped at the first stream we crossed for a break to eat and figure out our plan of attack, where to explore. Shortly after making our way down the road, we noticed some carvings in the trees that looked similar to some of the symbols in Shaffer’s book.




We figured we found a treasure or mine symbols and immediately pulled our Garrett & Whites metal detectors out of our packs and decided to split up to cover more ground. Now I was 18 years old at the time with a lot to learn about Spanish symbols and clues and looking back now I know they weren’t authentic tree carvings. I was very green you could say. I headed my way to the North of the mountain off trail waving my detector back and forth. It was about 30 minutes until I got my first beep indicating there was something in the ground below me. I dug 6 inches or so until I found a Forest Service tree tag with the date 1907 on it. What a find I remember thinking to myself.

Due to excitement, I decided to keep searching around with the metal detector to see if there was anything else in the vicinity. After about 20 minutes of swinging my detector around, I got another hit. I started digging but then I had a feeling that I’ve never had before. I felt like I was being watched. I tried to ignore it but within a few more minutes that feeling got stronger. It got so bad that I stopped and decided to get out of the area. I fought off my impulse to run as fast as I could but that didn’t work. After a couple more minutes and I running as fast as I could. When the tough hit me that I was most likely well over a mile from my friends I ran faster. When I finally caught up with them I explained to them what happened. After I was done my friend looked at me and said. You need to read Shaffer’s book. There are all of the chapters talking about death, murder, slavery, and greed on this mountain due to the Spanish.

That’s when I was hooked. We finished up our day and I went home and read the whole book 3 times in 7 days. All I could like about from that point on was that area and I’ve revisited that area almost every summer since. This was my first real treasure hunt.


In Present Time – Moden Day Treasure Hunting

Josephine Mine Waybill Hoyt Peak Utah

Since 1997 Steve and I have become very good friends. We have been on many treasure hunts together. I still research and explore Hoyt Peak and the Treasures in America’s team has been right there with me. My research has grown and I’m on a whole different path than the one I was on in the story above. Now I’m looking for what very few people know and that’s the backdoor to the famous mine. We have old Spanish maps and documents that tell us that the massive treasures of gold and silver bars are still in the mine. Behind an old wooden door with a chain and lock is one of my biggest treasures to retrieve yet. In the summer of 2018 Steve, myself, and the Treasures in America team stood at the very same spot that modern-day technology shows there’s a cache 120 feet below us in the collapsed mine. We are still trying to figure out the best way to get it out. We would either have to do it the old fashion way and clear out the mine or drill. To drill I have figured that it would cost around $250,000.00 to get things started and then the cost goes up from there. True this treasure is worth millions but there have been many before us that have attempted and ended up bankrupt.

There’s much more to this area. There are other treasures on the backside of the mountain called The Black Bull Cache and more. And that is a treasure of gold bars that were abandoned by the Spanish in a secret cave in the area. The Spanish had to hide it due to the local Indians rebelling and fighting back. The gold was too heavy for a quick getaway and they hid it very to return. Not to mention that the old trees in the area are dying and we have found Spanish symbols carved on these trees in the area. Some are already gone but we use these trees to help us with clues and directions to the treasures. I’m afraid that by my time has ended, these trees will be gone. Treasures in America are working work to document these trees so our research can go on if need be.

Today this is still one of my favorite treasure sites and I still find new clues every time I go there. It’s just a matter of time before we make that big discovery. It takes a lot of motivation and money to get a team like ours in this area. We always stay for 4-5 days at a time which means we need camping & hiking equipment, food, treasure hunting, and prospecting gear, and much more. We have over 100 years of combined experience in this field and we would like to help consult you in any way. 

I will never stop looking for the motherload. But more importantly, I will always look for the untold lost history there and have a great adventure every time I do. There’s so much to this story, I can’t put it all in one story. I could fill pages upon pages of just maps, documents, and our research. I will continue to release more information about this story so stick around to learn more.  


This article will be revised at a later time. We have years of exploring this story and area. Explaination, videos, photos, and much more to come.


Indian Slaves Working the Spanish Mines of Josephine

One response to “Lost Josephine Mine and the Cache”

  1. this is my translation of the script if you would like it. this is a more acurite one… exept for the river…
    Redotero- year this redotero belongs to the Del yutas mine: called after Joséphine De Martinique, the empress. This Mine may be punder, west twelve leagues from the Rio Timpanoga promontory and two leagues from the mouth of the 5th Anna River to the southeast-travel one league south overland from the Grass Valley to a canyon that enters the valley from the East. Follow this canyon east to a round, bare peak of growth, and from the peak measure six hundred meters to the northeast, at the pent of the mine there is a small peak and timber reach at the base of a small black rim.
    The Josephine de Martinique mine has 3 barrels and I. Well – two barrels of four hundred and running to the west and one barrel of three hundred and fifty barrels running to the southeast and there is a mine. The shaft runs 73 vertically and has four patios and six barrels. These patios serve as workshops for the transfer of silver and gold ore. twenty nine apart to the sun at noon you are the patios. In the metal is yellow metal that has a half of silver and a fifth of gold there are about fifty cents. In this mine we found virgin silver plates from one pound to
    In this place in the mine is the treasure of our companions 46 from the Gate of the mine in the middle of the barrel and 8 beyond an entrance of thick wood is the Treasure. There are a lot of 650 virgin silver plates and 240 silver bars. Of gold bars, which are 6 million, the treasure left for fear of death from hostile natives, out of 42 comrades, 8 will survive.
    This mine was worked in 1782 and Setapo in 1814.
    as marked in the work book of the expedition by me Jose Joaquin Garcia, Captain-mexico municiple, November 1814

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