Creator

Date Original

1929 April 24; 1929 May 01; 1929 May 08

Description

This is a compilation of letters asking for information about the mythological hidden Spanish treasures in Arkansas. Judge R.H. Borrow of Ozark wrote to ask his United States Representative from Arkansas's 4th Congressional District, Otis Wingo, to give him any information on the Spanish treasures in Arkansas. Wingo refers him to the state geologist, George Banner. In the next set of letters, Banner explains to A.L. Pierce that the assumed mines of the Spanish are actuality naturally occurring spring beds.

Biographical/Historical Note

Stories of Spanish treasures and gold mines have been apart of Arkansas's mythology since just after Hernando De Soto's death in 1542. Many believe that the Spanish found sliver mines that the Native American tribes had used. Some stories say that the Spanish found them and mined them for many years but before leaving for Mexico, destroyed the entrances. Tales of hidden mines are still active today and there are many websites and books dedicated to the idea of finding the lost treasures of the Spanish.

Physical Description

Letter, 8" x 5.25"; Letter, 8" x 5.25"; Letter, 8.5" x 11"

Subjects

Treasure hunts; Miners

Geographical Area

Ozark, Franklin County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.00106.18

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Small manuscript collection, SMC.00106.18

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Spanish Mines and Treasures in Arkansas, Small manuscript collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6901 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

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Spanish Mines and Treasures in Arkansas

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