What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on March 4, 1971?

The top news stories for the March 4, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: Some 10,000 to 15,000 people lined the parade route at the seventh-annual Lost Dutchman Days; and a staff sergeant stationed at Davis-Monthan Field in Tucson died at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 25, 1971?

The top news stories for the Feb. 25, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: It’s Lost Dutchman Days Feb. 26-28, with a horse picnic and burro derby. Also, verified by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Phoenix, a small tornado bounced and skipped through Apache Junction Feb. 16, pulling off […]

History of Lost Dutchman Days

In 2018 we celebrate 54 years of Lost Dutchman Days.

A look through the archives of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent and its predecessor the Apache Sentinel, finds the following about Lost Dutchman Days, from its beginning on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1965, as a one-day event:

The Dutchman’s Window Arch

In a gulch in the Superstition Mountains, the location of which is described by certain landmarks, there is a two-room house in the mouth of a cave on the left side of the slope near the gulch. Just across gulch, about 200 yards, is a tunnel, covered up and concealed in the bushes. Here is […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 18, 1971?

The top news stories for the Feb. 18, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A member of the Arizona Mountaineering Club’s Rescue Division fell 20 feet to a ledge in the Superstition Mountains and needed to be airlifted by a Williams Air Force Base helicopter to safety. Did you […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 11, 1971?

  The top news stories for the Feb. 11, 1971 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: Better late than never, entries for all events are being received by the chamber of commerce for the Lost Dutchman Days, from the burro derby to the treasure hunt. Also, groundbreaking ceremonies were held […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Feb. 4, 1971?

The top news stories for the Feb. 4, 1971 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A massive search effort in and around Apache Junction resulted in the capture of two dangerous convicts who escaped from the Arizona State Prison at Florence. Also, the Mesa Optimist Club will sponsor a western […]

2017’s most-read news stories at apachejunctionindependent.com

Eight of the top 10 news stories with the most page views in 2017 at apachejunctionindependent.com were police or fire district items. They were: 1) A local couple was arrested in connection with the sexual exploitation of a minor, Apache Junction Police Department said. “On March 29, Apache Junction police officers responded to a domestic […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Jan. 27, 1971?

The top news stories for the Jan. 28, 1971 Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce is making it easy for anyone who wants to enter the Lost Dutchman Days Burro Derby by loaning burros at no cost. Also, a Mesa school psychologist will speak […]

What was the Apache Junction, east Mesa news on Jan. 20, 1971?

The top news stories for the Jan. 21, 1971, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: The principal recently dismissed from Apache Junction High School submitted a letter to the school board seeking reinstatement and that she be allowed to receive a $1,170 additional salary for her work in securing federal […]