CONTINUED FROM PART 1
The incident of the strong box in the cave was forgotten and years past. Both my father and my brother passed away. But, I still wondered about the box in the cave. The only problem was the lake has never been that low again. Or, I was off during a 20 year hitch with the Air Force and I was never able to come back to search for it.
Recently, I read a book called Superstition Mountain, A Ride Through Time by James Swanson and Tom Kollenborn. On page is 148 and 149, they tell of the legend of Hacksaw Tom, a stage coach robber. He was known for robbing the stage on its way to Roosevelt on a very regular basis. He robbed the stage coach so often; the drivers would exchange greetings when they were stopped. The loot taken was considered to be a toll for crossing the Fish Creek bridge.
This story peeked my interest somewhat because I knew exactly where the robberies were committed. Hacksaw would be waiting for the stage on the large rock overlooking the road near the Fish Creek Bridge. He would be visible only when the stage rounded the sharp corner after crossing the bridge. After loading the booty in his sack, he would disappear into the boulder strewn canyon. No one dared to follow, because it would be certain death exposing themselves while trying to climb over the big boulders. Several elaborate attempts were made to capture Hacksaw, but he always alluded the law.
One day the robberies ceased. Hacksaw Tom was never heard from again, and the loot never surfaced in any parts of the territory. Speculation was Hacksaw had met with an untimely accident in the desert (snake bitten or broken leg). But, no one ever found the loot.
Now, I really wonder about the box in the cave. Scuba lessons anyone?