AZentertain: Arizona Gold Rush: Iron Door Mine Legend

The Legend of the Iron Door Mine

By Flint Carter

Deep in the mountains north of Tucson, Arizona may lie the legendary Iron Door Mine. In Spanish, the Iron Door Mine is called "minas de la ferro con puerto en la Canada del Oro." This mine is said to be one of "the most extensively hunted losts mines in North America."

The Iron Door Mine legend has been attributed to Jesuit priests who lived in the area until 1767 when they were ordered to return to Spain by the pope. The legend continues that the priests hid gold that they mined near Oracle by building an iron door over the entrance before they left. They never returned and the gold may still be there, hidden by hundreds of years of dirt and growth.

The legendary gold mine in Oracle, AZ

The history of the Iron Door Mine treasure, starts near Oracle, Arizona, in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, AZ. These videos follow Flint through some of the last territory untouched by developers between The Biosphere and Saddlebrooke.

It displays his attempts to save and preserve the rich history of the area. This sight is in the process of foreclosure due to lack of support from historical and local funding, and the rise in land prices in that area. The Iron Door Mine land is for sale and listed in the active market.

Historian Flint Carter

William Thomas Carter, "Flint" to his friends, is an artist and author born in 1947 in Danville, Illinois. After attending Danville High School, he served in Panama during the Vietnam conflict at the Latin American Headquarters Post. He received the National Defense and Good Conduct medals. Returning home, Flint attended Danville Junior College and later Southern Illinois University. Special interest in the design department, headed by Buckminster Fuller, inspired the building of Arizona's first solar heated and cooled museum. Contact Flint Carter at 520-289-4566. Read more about Flint Carter.

Iron Door Mine Land for Sale

Silver & Gold Mine,  Tucson, AZ. Mine, jewelry grade gold, silver & silica ore in place, carat weight returns, historic property sold for $50,000 in 1915, outlets established for product now in museums worldwide. Land on Federal lease - mineral rights only for sale. 20 acres (871200 square ft. Unsubdivided Pima County, AZ.

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Iron Door Mine & Old West Videos

Watch several videos about the legendary Iron Door Mine and discover the history and legend of the Old West with historian Flint Carter.

  • Interview with Flint Carter with Tyler Wing on KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ.
  • Tour Cañada del Oro- the Canyon of Gold and Iron Door Mine legend.
  • The San Xavier Mission: Flint Carter describes his findings.
  • The Iron Door Mine legend: Experience the Iron Door Mine Legend
  • Buffalo Bill: "Beyond the Legend" DVD

    Jewelry grade gold and silver in quartz

    Jewelry grade gold and silver ore in quartz pieces mined from the Santa Catalina mountains and Mt. Lemmon area are produced in jewelry by WIlliam T. "Flint" Carter in Catalina, Arizona. See samples of jewelry made from precious ores from the Catalina mountains.

    Cody Stone. Only 500 pieces of this type of jewelry produced, 350 have been placed. Certificate of Authenticity for Cody Stone provided with each piece and kept in permanent company records.

    MICHAEL GARCIA, famous Native American artist from New Mexico. Flint Carter, founder of Cody Stone in museums worldwide and The Mining Hall of Fame. Oracle Inn on American Ave., downtown Oracle, AZ, Hwy 77. Call Flint Carter at 520-289-4566 for more information.

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    The Historic High Jinks Gold Mine Ranch

    Preserve history with one of the few gold mines left in Southern Arizona. Once owned by Buffalo Bill Cody it is now on the National Historic Register. Read about the High Jinks Ranch and mining history of Southern Arizona.

    Newspaper Articles on Flint Carter:

    Legend of the Iron Door Mine article in The Explorer. November 25, 2009 Saddlebrook special edition. Read about Flint Carter and the history and lstory surrounding the Iron Door Mine legend and legends of the Old West.

    Preserving the Old West: The Miner's Story Project

    The Miners’ Story Project preserves and shares stories about life in the mines and mining communities in the Southwest US. Read more about the Miner's Story Project.



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Cody StoneCodyStone Jewelry from Arizona

Cody Stone is from Southern Arizona, USA and designed as jewelry grade gold and silver in quartz. Cody stone specimens and hand made items are on display at the Oracle Inn Steakhouse & Saloon in Oracle, Arizona. Call Flint at 520-289-4566 or email finder@emol.org. Mention the Iron Door web site.

"Ballads of the Santa Catalina Mountains"

Listen to songs and ballads on CD about the Iron Door Mine, the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Old West by Arizona historian Flint Carter. $9.95. Call 520-289-4566 for more information and to purchase directly. Mention the Iron Door web site.

"MacKenna's Gold" (1969)

Starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sherif

Attempting to do for Westerns what his Guns of Navarone had done for World War II action epics, director J. Lee Thompson crafted Mackenna's Gold as a lavish, absurdly ambitious variation on Erich Von Stroheim's Greed, resulting in a last-gasp Western so eager to encompass the genre's traditions that it turns into a big, silly, wildly entertaining mess. Gregory Peck surely had more serious intentions when he signed on, and he brings prestigious gravitas to his glum role as Marshall Mackenna, who gets shanghaied into searching for the gold-filled canyon of an elusive Apache legend. The rest of the 1969 film labors to undermine Peck's respectable demeanor; how else to explain Omar Sharif as a Mexican villain, Julie Newmar as a hot-blooded Apache temptress (with underwater nude scenes that were celebrated in Playboy magazine), and a jaw-dropping finale that's so ridiculous it's impressive in spite of itself?

DVD edition of MacKenna's Gold. Studio: Sony Pictures. DVD format. Release Date: July 11, 2000. Run Time: 128 minutes.

Poster from Mackenna's Gold - Movie Poster - 11 x 17. This poster measures approx. 11 x 17. Rolled and shipped in a sturdy tube. This poster is from the movie Mackenna's Gold (1969).

Printed book edition of Mackenna's Gold A Five-time Spur Award-winning Author. Somewhere in 100,000 square miles of wilderness was the fabled Lost Canyon of Gold. With his dying breath, an ancient Apache warrior entrusted Glen Mackenna with the location of the lode that would make any man - or woman - rich beyond their wildest dreams. Halfbreed renegade and captive girl, mercenary soldier and thieving scout - brave or beaten, innocent or evil, they'd sell their very souls to possess Mackenna's gold. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Avon Books (Mm) (June 1988).

Watch video on-demand from Amazon.com of MacKenna's Gold.

The Mine with the Iron Door: A Romance (1936)

Movie Poster from the 1936 film The Mine with the Iron Door - Movie Poster - 11 x 17 Poster for the Mine with the Iron Door movie. Stars Richard Arlen, Ceclia Parker and Henry B. Walthall. Poster measures approx. 11 x 17. Rolled and shipped in a sturdy tube. This poster is from The Mine with the Iron Door (1936).

Printed Edition of The Mine with the Iron Door. (The Collected Works of Harold Bell Wright - 18 Volumes) (Library Binding) Library Binding: 338 pages. Publisher: Classic Publishers, Language: English. ISBN: 158201891X.

Digital CD Edition of Mine with the Iron Door: A Romance, The (CD-ROM Edition). The CD-ROM contains 338 pages. Publisher: Classic Books; 1923 edition (December 15, 2007).