After paying our $10 each, we walked through the wood entrance sign on our self-guided tour, and was greeted by Olive, the mine's donkey. Along the dirt path and off to the right, we saw the Glory Hole where seven miners snuck into it at night to steal gold but met with death instead. Marty feels they still haunt the area. We had to walk down a dirt path to get to the buildings and were wondering what we were going to see. As soon as the Assay building was in site, we felt like many eyes were watching us and it wasn't the live humans walking around taking pictures. These eyes were from the many souls that died on the grounds and were buried right where they dropped. With all those eyes peering up from the ground, we were thankful that we had pants on and not a skirt.
Sharon asked me which building did I get a bad feeling from and I immediately said the Assay Office. I felt like someone or something was watching us from inside. The building was in such bad shape, they had a fence around it. That was one building we really wanted to go inside, investigate, take pictures and videos. That dilapidated building was intriguing and eerie. I can't explain it but I couldn't stop staring into the dark windows and taking many pictures of the place. To me, that was one fascinating building.
Next, we went to the Bordello where Mexican Rita once entertained the miners. Many have reported seeing shadows and hearing voices in this building. We were able to go inside. This tiny place had a bedroom, living area and a kitchen. The kitchen is where Sharon was able to get a reading on the ceramic sink.
|Hum, they drank Bud Light and smoked|
Camel cigarettes back then?
After the Bordello, we headed over to a larger building for which one part of it was completely destroyed. This building had a room that appeared to be a mess hall. Inside were a couple of rusty wood burning stoves, shelves with old pots, pans, silverware, and can foods (I wouldn't want to see what was inside those cans). In another room were an interesting old cabinet and a small room with a rusty metal bed frame and little wood chair. We spent some time in that building because there was so much to see.
The next building I saw had deteriorated from the harsh elements. I just took some pictures of what was left and moved on to the build next to it. Even though it didn't have a fence around the perimeter of the structure, we chose not to go inside. It didn't look safe.
From the distance we could see the Bell Mill power plant and machine shop. It was a short hike to get there and we walked by the mines along the way. There were many rusty mining objects lying all around the area where the mine was located. (The rest of our Vulture Mine experience will be in part two, including the weird picture we took with Marty.)
|Power Plant, Machine Shop, and Jail|
|LOOK, I found gold!!!|