Some people think the Horton Mine is haunted. Located in Pershing County, Nevada, it is supposedly the site and source of many unexplained deaths. Chains hang from its ceiling, and waters from an unknown source burble across its dark floors.
The abandoned mine gained attention when the YouTube channel "Exploring Abandoned Mines and Unusual Places" posted a bone-chilling descent into the Horton Mine depths. After running into an eerie mist, the explorer in the video began hearing strange whispers -- and a French police siren -- before quickly exiting the mine.
The Youtube video allegedly contains unnerving, ghostly utterances like "Why trespass?," "are you prepared to die?" and "Now, go."
Horton Mine Your Own Business
The Horton Mine was originally intended to be a gold mine. In the end, it mostly yielded mercury and manganese, as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey's mineral resources data system.
Meanwhile, the nearby Victorine Mine was more successful. Ultimately it offered several ore bodies to mine from, including copper, gold, and silver ore veins.
Is there something about less successful mines that make them more likely to be haunted? Could those originally prospecting the Horton Mine have found something they weren't expecting in its depths before they abandoned it to the annals of mining history?
Whether the Horton Mine is indeed infested with haunted tunnels is anyone's guess. Even though there are over 200 full episodes of the hit series "Ghost Adventure," not one of them deals with the mine in question.
Nevada's Not-So-Supernatural Dangers
Nevada is best known for abandoned ghost towns, alleged UFO sightings, and a long list of other paranormal activities. Many amateur ghost hunters make it their primary destination for road trips, much like the gold rush prospectors who settled the state in the 1850s.
We hate to sound like party poopers, but we would definitely advise you against entering any abandoned mine in search of adventure. They pose numerous threats, from poisonous gasses to perilous open pits to exposed mine shafts, making them not only one of the creepiest places to explore, but one of the most dangerous.
After all, how do you think all these old mines get haunted in the first place?
Furthermore, according to the USGS, this old mine and others like it are often located on private property. Horton Mine has been owned by BLM Management since 1984. So, in addition to the usual threats a mine poses, there are also property owners with guns to worry about.
With all of that in mind, we suggest avoiding the spooky Horton Mine.
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This article was originally published May 13, 2021.