"The Old West is a mother lode of colorful nonfiction, truth often obscured by layers of myth. Reynolds taps a particularly rich vein of lore in his riveting recap of "what has become the greatest, most vexing, and persistent lost-mine tradition of North American history." The Lost Adams Diggings are named for John R. Adams, who, in 1864, escorted by "a half-breed Mexican-Indian with a crumpled ear," led an expedition of 21 miners that apparently found nuggets of placer gold somewhere in the remote Mogollon Breaks straddling the border of New Mexico and Arizona. Apache raiders slaughtered 19 of the miners, leaving only Adams and one other man to tell the tale. While (Reynolds) hasn't found the mother lode from which the placer deposits came, he's struck gold with his tale of "blood and guts, hope and hardship, dust and disappointment."
Die Rich Here: The Lost Adams Diggings
Ralph Reynolds, author
After searching sixty years for a long-lost gold mine known as the Adams Diggings, Ralph Reynolds tells all he’s learned. This is a rousing tale of Apache cunning and Yankee gullibility. And it’s a story of lost lives, emptied souls, and misguided senses in a land of magnificent mountains, mesas, and canyons. His book delivers evidence that three or more prospecting parties were massacred after they located the diggings and the startling implications of these events. And most rewardingly, it tells how, and most likely from where, the gold nuggets were clandestinely removed late in the nineteenth century and why and where the mother lode may soon be found.