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Oracle, Arizona and the Old West's Largest Gold Legend

By William "Flint" Carter

Little known but largely involved, Oracle, Arizona has been the epicenter for over a century of a literary and film adventure still alive and growing concerning Gold.

We all have heard of "The Mine With The Iron Door" legend and most know the film by the same name, which was shot in and near Oracle, AZ.

Most are not aware that the film was re-done four times over six decades. One was "The Secret of Treasure Mountain" in 1955 and "McKennas Gold" in 1968, both were partial re-writes.

From the beginning, the crux of the epic legend is Gold. There is a saying that Gold does not breed co-operation and therefore any research will yield outrageous and highly controversial assumptions.

Joseph Michael has a line in a song called "Gold Town" which says "Gold still glitters in the ground, hidden secret, like a laughing clown".

As most can imagine, anything on the surface is gone, along with the huge galleries mined by large corporations under growld. For millenniums, mankind has ground and smelted any rock even thought to contain gold with most deposits now depleted. Today, the heavy yellow metal approaches $1,000.00 an ounce compared to $8.00 when the Anglos started coming to the area.

At the Oralce Steakhouse & Lounge, in Oracle, Arizona, is a display of the stones that started the legend. Gold and Silver ores in quartz visible with the naked eye.

The "Cody Stone", named for Buffalo Bill Cody and from his lost mines near Oracle, is now in eight museuns world wide and in the National Mining Hall of Fame.

Today in Nevada, 500 tons of ore are required to produce 1 oz of Gold. Particles so small that they can not even be seen with a microscope are recovered.

The "Cody Stone" should not be confused with refined gold and silver, as in nature more than one element is present. For example, Galena = Silver and Lead, Chalcopyrite = Copper Gold.

No two stones are the same and vary in amounts of gold and silver. However, the stones are extremely rare and make very attractive pieces of jewelry, preserving our local Heritage. Very little of the rich deposits remain, but there was a time when the hills were alive with people delving in the earth for its treasure. The artist who discovered, produced and is promoting the stones is W T Flint Carter, who has been in the area going on forty years.

Historian Flint Carter

About the Artist, Author

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.

Cody Stone Jewelry by Flint Carter

Purchase true gold and silver in quartz jewelry exclusively mined, designed and fabricated by Flint Carter. Call 520-289-4566

Gold & Silver from the Catalina Mts.
$20-$25,000

CODY STONE Sunrise Set, two pieces, $10,000 each, 14k, Michael Garcia & Flint Carter artist ORIGINAL. Can be seen at The Oracle Inn Steakhouse, Oracle, AZ. Only five Michael Garcia pieces remaining.

OTHER CODY STONE JEWELRY AVAILABLE! Prices range from $20 to $25,000. Call Flint Carter at 520-289-4566 for more information. Mention the Iron Door web site.

Cody Stone Iron Door MineRING

Gold and Silver in Quartz ring size 11. 3/4" width, 1 1/8" height. $1200.

Cody Stone Iron Door MinePENDENT

Silver in Quartz, huge pendent and chain. 1 3/4" width at edges, 1 1/2" height. $1400.

Cody Stone Iron Door MineBRACELET

Gold and Silver in Quartz with orange, pink and white matrix. Stone: 1 1/2" height, 1" width at widest edge. $1800.

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CodyStone from Arizona

Cody Stone is mined and designed as jewelry grade gold and silver in quartz from the Old West. Cody stone specimens and hand made items are on display at the Oracle Inn Steakhouse & Saloon in Oracle, Arizona. Get a tour of the area, see artifacts of the Iron Door Mine and Southwest, and mine for gold with Flint Carter. The only source for Cody Stone. Call Flint at 520-289-4566. Mention the Iron Door web site.

"Search for the Iron Door" CD

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

Iron Door Mine Legend Tour

Explore displays of over 1,000 Old West artifacts and specimens from the surrounding area with Flint Carter Mine for gems and learn about Western legends. Call Fint at 520-289-4566. Mention the Iron Door web site.

"MacKenna's Gold" (1969)

Starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sherif

The story of the Iron Door Mine. 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. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com.

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).