Looking for Pancho’s Lost Gold in Yuma, Arizona

Yuma County has lots of stories about lost gold and the men who searched for them. This story comes from Thomas Penfield’s book, “Dig Here!” and tells a wild tale about an Indian named Pancho and his lost gold mine.

It seems Pancho was a Tonto Apache Indian on the San Carlos Reservation in northeastern Arizona with a good friend named Jose Alvarado, When Pancho’s young son became seriously ill, Jose’s family nursed him back to health.

The Alvarado family moved to Palomas in Yuma County, in the southwestern part of the state, before Pancho could repay Jose for his kindness.

Pancho went to visit Jose in Palomas and told him about a lost gold mine nearby and that he would take him there as gratitude for caring for his son. Jose agreed to meet but brought his friends, not a great idea, as the buddies immediately started causing trouble. Pancho and Jose agreed to split up, but not before arranging a secret rendezvous for later.

At the rendezvous, Jose once again shows up with his friends making it impossible for Pancho to show Jose the exact location of the lost gold mine. However, Pancho gave Jose explicit instructions on how to find the treasure. The men camped there for the night but Pancho snuck away that night. Jose never saw him again.

Jose never did look for the gold for whatever reason. However, on his death bed, he did divulge the location to his son. It was near the second meeting place where they camped and beside a dry wash. A pair of deer antlers was a marker for the location.

The son searched and searched but never found the hidden treasure of the lost gold mine.

The location according to “Dig Here!” Is somewhere on or near the Little Horn Mountains in northern Yuma County or the southern end of La Paz County.

Fact or Fiction? Hard to know as the Native Americans loved to tell white people tall tales about lost gold and hidden treasure. This is a legend told by both the Apaches and Indians in the Yuma area. There is a lot of gold mining done in Yuma and La Paz Counties.

Gila Bend is Number One! In UFO Sightings in North America, That Is

What makes Gila Bend number one? Gila Bend is number one in UFO sightings per capita in both the United States and Canada making it the number one UFO hotspot in North America.

While the town boosts a population of only 2,000, numerous reports come in from both townsfolk as well as people passing through. Going through Gila Bend is one way to avoid driving through Phoenix when on the way to Tucson. It is scenic and a nice drive.

To say it is a UFO hotspot is an understatement!

Gila Bend, Arizona, a small southwestern town south of Phoenix, gets the award for the most UFO sightings in the USA and Canada as reported by the National UFO Reporting Center.
The median signting per 100,000 people is 100. Gila Bend outdoes itself with a median sighitng of 1,194 sightings per 100,000 population. Wow!

Another Arizona location that made the top ten list was Sedona with 668 UFO sightings per 100,000 people. Of course, Sedona is already famous for its vortexes and strange energy. We have seen UFOs in the Sedona area and travel there several times a year to recharge our batteries.

The Gila Bend Lodge’s iconic theme and decor was the brainchild of the former owner and a marketing gimmick for his restaurant and motel with locations in both Arizona and California. The California estalishment is long gone but the Gila Bend eatery and motel live on, no doubt fueled by the amazing amount of UFO sightings in the area. We have not seen any UFOs in Gila Bend ourselves but travel through there two to three times a year and always stop for a burger and the salad bar. We will definitely pay closer attention to the sky next time we go through!

Let us know, dear reader, if you have seen a UFO in or around Gila Bend. We would love to hear from you!