Canyon Diablo Complete Individual Relic of an American Treasure Hunt
Meteor Crater, Coconino County, Arizona
The history of Canyon Diablo is associated with the famous, yet ill-fated, treasure hunt of entrepreneur Daniel Barringer. Well-known to Native Americans, who viewed the area with suspicion, Canyon Diablo was brought to the attention of scientists in the mid-1800s. In the 1890s, early meteorite dealers began trading in Canyon Diablo samples and, in 1903, Daniel Barringer began his famous, doomed attempts to mine iron from the presumed main mass of the meteorite which he supposed to be buried beneath the crater. Perhaps validating the Native Americans belief that the crater was cursed, Barringer spent $600,000 searching for iron without success. After Barringers death in 1929, astronomer and ballistics expert F.R. Moulton concluded that most of the mass of the meteorite had vaporized on impact. The Barringer family still owns the crater today and it is operated as a private tourist attraction by Meteor Crater Enterprise. The present desirable specimen is a complete individual with attractive regmaglypts.
Weighs 4,373 grams