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The Mysterious Horton Mine

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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 10:53 AM

The Horton Mine Mystery

One of my favourite online mysteries is that of The Horton Mines. A mine explorer with a YouTube Channel “Exploring Abandoned Mines in CA, NV and AZ” descended in the dark depths of the abandoned Horton mine in the Summer of 2013. As he crept into the tunnel, chains suspended from the ceiling began swinging of their own accord. Take a look.

Description from YouTube: “I had a startling encounter with the supernatural while exploring the abandoned Horton Mine located near the massive Victorine Mine in Nevada. The Horton Mine dates back to the mid-1800s. I have been inside over a hundred abandoned mines, but this one was definitely the creepiest. As I ventured hesitantly down the tunnel, it felt more and more wrong. You'll see in the video the supernatural occurrence that caused me to ultimately turn around and head back out of the tunnel.”

Could it have been the wind in the mine shafts pushing that chain around? Surely, but why just one? I’m a skeptic in a lot of cases, but I’ve had my own experiences that make me believe something is out there in the paranormal realm. The adventurers’ reaction seems genuine to me, not over the top, I would imagine a man who had explored so many spooky abandoned places to be calm when faced with something out of the ordinary.

He wasn’t satisfied with his one experience, and this is where the really spooky happenings occur. You might argue that a man with a mildly successful YouTube channel may have enjoyed the boost in views and assumed revenue that a viral video would bring, but it took him one year to descend into the mine again. This adds credibility for me. Note that everything you see in the next video could be easily hoaxed, but again, there is something credible to this encounter.

Description from YouTube: “As promised, I recently returned to the haunted Horton Mine to fully explore it no matter what happened. I first explored the mine almost a year ago but turned around after only going into it a hundred feet or so and encountering a supernatural presence that I caught on film. This most recent follow-up exploration led me deep into the mine all the way to its flooded end where I was standing at the bottom of a 900-foot tall ore pass that had water cascading down it. As I was filming this dank area, I once again had a frightening encounter with an unknown presence. After this recent experience, I will never set foot inside the Horton Mine again. Never.”

Spooky, right? For anyone who can’t watch this video, when the explorer reaches the “900-foot tall ore pass” disembodied voices can be heard, almost sounding like feedback from a radio. The effect is eerie.

So what could this have been?


It legitimately was a paranormal presence. Does a ghostly mining crew haunt the depths of the corridors? Did they see the explorer as one of their own and attempt to fill him in on the daily gossip?

Parallel dimensions exist. Per my brief exploration of the explorers YouTube channel, there are several other videos with titles alluding to paranormal activity in the mine being explored, but none have gained the popularity of the Horton mine videos, so I doubt they’re as compelling and I don’t think he is posting these as click bait. That being said, did the explorer truly stumble upon a wrinkle in dimensions? I doubt this theory, but you never know. Perhaps those disembodied voices were not ghostly, but from another plain.

Underground alien or military bases. The Horton mine is about 4 hours North of Groom Lake; what limit does the US government go to when hiding their intelligence? Even if this isn’t actually an underground “alien” base a la Dolce, could the explorer have heard some kind of underground military happenings? The squelching voices in the video bring to mind two-way radio communications.

He totally faked it. People fake paranormal videos. All. The. Time. They do it because it’s fairly easy to do.

All this aside, I have no idea what he really encountered, but I hope members enjoyed watching these videos if they had never heard of this little mystery. What do you think is going on in these videos? Do you see any clues, or have any theories of your own? Please share.

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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 11:10 AM
a reply to: Atsbhct

Abandoned mines and the supernatural seem to be bedfellows.

A friends mother once claimed to have seen the ghost of a Chinese worker carrying slurry over his shoulder, and they lived near long closed mines. Years later I relocated to a former mining town where a tourist information board spoke of a local legend where laughter could be heard floating in the make the latter more spooky the graves of the founders of the community was frequented by ravens and nothing but ravens.

Perhaps it has something to do with the untimely deaths of the miners as it was not exactly a safe occupation back then.

edit on 1-3-2016 by Thecakeisalie because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 11:12 AM
a reply to: Thecakeisalie

Spooky. I can imagine a lot of residual negative energy in mines. Especially mines where forced labour was used.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 11:31 AM
a reply to: Atsbhct

I forgot to mention that in the latter story the laughter was of Chinese immigrants. It seems to be a common story and while I'm open but skeptic The sight of those ravens sitting on the 'graves' and the deathly silence that followed was enough to make me walk faster until they were out of sight. I''m not a believer but that place seemed wrong-it gave me irrational childish fear.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 11:36 AM
That entire part of the American southwest is known for strange 'portals' and such. (Much like Colorado's San Luis Valley)
Arizona's Superstition Mountains are also very haunted.

The Horton Mine visit where they heard the weird 'radio broadcast' is scary as hell.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 11:40 AM
sounded like radio chatter no? or even music.
He should have gone further, like in real movies.

Are there other cave or mine complexes in the area? maybe connections or vent shafts?

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 11:41 AM
a reply to: ColeYounger

I've got the Superstition Mountain area on my bucket list for sure. Are you native to the area? If so, any experiences?

The first video only creeps me out because I find the mans voice so sincere, but those radio sounds in the second video gave me nightmares the first time I heard them.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 11:42 AM
a reply to: intergalactic fire

The Horton mine is a part of a mine called the Victorine mines, so definitely it's larger.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:00 PM
a reply to: Atsbhct

I'm not a native of the area, but have explored the area. I haven't experienced any high strangeness there, but
have felt very weird vibes there.

I used to visit a paranormal website (appx 10 yrs ago) that had some incredible stories. I can't find any info on the site in the internet archives. I wish I had saved some of the stories and photos. (The site was up for a couple years)

There was a story about some small humanoid creatures that lived underground in the Superstition Mts.
The guy posting the story had an alleged photo of one of the things. It was hideous. Of course it could have been faked, but it looked very real. The thing was ducking into some tall prarie grass. You could see motion blur that would be consistent with the pic. An absolutely hair-raising story.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 12:11 PM
a reply to: ColeYounger

I think I might go on a search for that picture.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:39 PM
a reply to: intergalactic fire

I've worked briefly in a mine and they are undoubtedly very spooky places! If you want to know what real darkness is, go sit in a sealed area and turn off your lamp....

Depending on where you are the sounds can be quite ethereal. Ranging from total silence in the enclosed areas to strange echoes and reverberations in the larger, more open chambers. You certainly wouldn't catch me exploring on my own.
My Wi-Fi is playing up so couldn't watch the vids (they just keep stopping) but I can well believe that he heard something. In the main cavern I worked, it was impossible to tell where the sound was coming from or how far away. There were trucks driving round and machinery in the working area that sent weird noises all over but you could tell what it was.
The chambers left in the other arms of the mine were rented out as environmentally controlled storage. Temperature and humidity stayed within a stable range.

These were the spookiest. I'd be working alone while my colleague was in the office "shed" and sometimes other staff would bring prospective clients down on foot for a look around. Distant voices mumbling away in the background fading in and out as they moved around. Very odd effects. Enough to creep anyone out, especially if they think they were alone.

We never had walkie talkies. One of the companies that rented space did so specifically because radio waves did not penetrate that deep. They were testing "electrical equipment" which was sensitive to that kind of thing. (?)

I'll try and watch the vids again soon. But for what its worth. Mines are really spooky and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he did bump into something. Not sure if he's brave or mad but rather him than me!

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 04:05 PM
a reply to: Atsbhct

I have sen the videos before and the moving chain could have easily been done by someone else who was already at the ready in the cave and sneak up when the camera man purposfully turned around to give him a chance to do so , give the chain a swing ,sneak off again with the camera man giving him ample time to do, and the cameraman did 'give'' ample time for this to be done and then turn around and be amazed by the swinging chain.

Why did the chain not start moving while he was watching it. Why would a ghost wait for him to turn around.
The other part fals in the same boat of course. someone else is in there and activates a radio.

It is just a creepy place that inspires creepy ideas that more often then not inpsires people to fake and produce these. If there are so many ghosts then why does it always have to be in the dark or some desolate area with some obscure history.

If a indian burial ground is already reason enough to explain this then why snt paris flooded with apiritions. There is a tunnel system under the city built and adored with 6 million skulls.

Needless to say i a not very convinced : )

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 04:10 PM
If you look at Google Maps, you can see that a road crosses right over the mine.

I would be willing to bet that the chains move when car and truck traffic passes over that road.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 04:12 PM
a reply to: everyone

No shame in being a skeptic! These would be very easy videos to fake.

Paris is definitely a "haunted" city, and the catacombs have a wealth of spooky stories associated.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 04:15 PM
a reply to: Bybyots

Good point! I looked on Google maps, but I didn't zoom in too far. I wish we could figure out where the road and the point where the explorer was converged.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 04:16 PM
a reply to: Atsbhct

O i am skeptic yes but i am not one of those 100% skeptic's or a hardcore debunker. Just for the record but yes i absolutly agree it is healthy to stay skeptic especially with these topics or UFO topics. There are just to many people that want to believe and therefore need others to believe by any means you see. That is why i am always way more carefull with the ghosts and haunting topics.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 04:36 PM
a reply to: Atsbhct

Nice thread.
Sorry my first post was addressed to someone else but I was kind of answering the walkie talkie question.
I loved Troll stories when I was a kid. Elementals, sprites, elves, fairies all, at times, have associations with caves and tunnels. It is a whole new world down there and its easy to see how the inner earth theories got started.
The Shaver mystery was fantastic as a story and Ray Palmer really gave the world a gift when they were published. I'd love to get the book.
I'm in two minds about ghosts but if they do exist, I could see them liking a nice quiet cave if they can't get a quiet grave.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 05:07 PM
a reply to: Atsbhct
I KNOW I have seen those clips (clip?) before.

But I remember the money shot as a "being" that had white/yellowish eyes that peaked around the corner and then darted off back around the edge it was trying to creep by.

I'm not saying this place isn't haunted, but I remember that shot scaring the hell out of that guy. And me!

If I wasn't checking this out on my wife's iphone, (mine died) I would try and post that clip.

I haven't mastered the 6 yet. Isn't that pathetic?

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 05:36 PM
a reply to: Tulpa


I wouldn't go as far as to believe in a hollow earth filled trolls, BUT...I honestly wonder as well what might be lurking in deep unexplored cave systems.

posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 05:39 PM
a reply to: Spader

I still use a Samsung Galaxy S2 with a cracked screen for a mobile, so I feel for you.

I don't remember the clip you're speaking of exactly, but there are clips out there of this same mine that were viral marketing for some kind of scary mine movie.

One with a dog?

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