Sugarloaf mountain looms over the northern end of our canyon. Large and mysterious, this mountain hides a treasure buried during California's gold rush days. The legend of Sugarloaf mountain tells of a group of Spaniards and their Indian workers traveling through the mountains with burros and mules carrying loads of gold.
A mural in Exeter, California, depicting a mule train coming down a mountain.
They were headed toward the coast where their treasure could be sold and where enormous wealth awaited them. The Indians, who drove the burros up the steep canyons from the desert through the mountains, were not treated well by the Spaniards. They were guarded by Spanish soldiers and were, in fact, not much better off than slaves. By the time they reached the slopes of Sugarloaf mountain, the Indians carried out a successful revolt, killing all the Spaniards. No one knows what set the revolt in motion, but one can imagine they were tired of being treated badly. The Indians knew from their experiences that gold was nothing but trouble. It was of no use to them, and they actually considered it cursed. So they buried the Spanish gold somewhere along the slopes of Sugarloaf mountain where it has remained ever since. Many have searched for this treasure, but it has never been found......
Interesting story Inger, and a nice name for that mountain. We have two very pointy mountains in Wicklow that is called the very same ' Sugar loafs'.ReplyDelete
Have a lovely Sunday!
I can always count on you for a post that's interesting and/or beautifully illustrated!!ReplyDelete
Interesting legend Inger - I'm wondering what a 'sugarloaf' is ... it sounds like a type of bread or cake?ReplyDelete
I just Googled Sugarloaf Mountain because I always thought it was in South Africa and I've discovered that there are lots of Sugarloaf Mountains. The things you learn on Blogger!ReplyDelete
i love history of the old west. that is a wonderful mural. sugarloaf mountain was in a lot of my westerns. ifrom age 10 to about 35 i read a million westerns, love Louis Lamour and all things wild west.ReplyDelete
gold is a curse, they were rightReplyDelete
an interesting bit of history - probably drives a lot of folks mad trying to find that treasure.ReplyDelete
Hi Inger .. great photos - love the sugar loaf and also the painting of the Indian trail ..ReplyDelete
I'm sure it's there somewhere! - cheers Hilary
Very interesting story and beautiful mural. Thanks for sharing! -JeffReplyDelete
I would not be able to resist the temptation to also search for the hidden gold. Loved the mural.ReplyDelete
Nothing seems to concentrate minds more than the lure of gold -- another 4-letter word!ReplyDelete
Love the pictures.
This is such an interesting post. You have nice writing.ReplyDelete
Yes. There are many many sugarloafs. Here is a photo of our local one. Flat top !ReplyDelete
I wonder what a 'real' sugarloaf is and what it looks like - Kerry
We have the 'Sugarloaf Mountains' here in Virginia/Maryland too--But I think the story of your is much more interesting than ours! I hope you're doing well!! ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)ReplyDelete
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