Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Mine of Lost Souls

Mystery Tidbits, Episode 2-The Mine of Lost Souls

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Dry Fork Utah, the supposed location of the Mine of Lost Souls. What is the Mine of Lost Souls? The tale goes as follows as it was related to a local man by an old Mexican woman who supposedly experienced the incident.

Some time ago there was a group of Mexicans in the area of what is now Dry Fork, Utah. The group lived in a cave and each day would travel to a tunnel where they would mine for gold. As they mined, they noticed Indians watching them, therefore they became increasingly nervous. Not only did they have the Indians to contend with, but when they would travel to a small town called Spanish Fork in Utah they also had the annoyance of Americans as they would follow them and try to find where the Mexicans had their mine.

One day, the Mexican woman and here husband went out hunting for food. When they returned all of the members of their group had been murdered. She states that "the Indians had killed them". They were very afraid and put all of their dead into the tunnel that had been being worked for gold and sealed it to the best of their ability. As they left they took the remainder of the gold, traveled at night and slept during the day for fear that they would be captured and killed.
(For more, look at Dale Bascom's Following the Legends)

As of right now this story seems just that, an interesting story. However, there is some evidence that backs up the existence of this tale.

From Kerry Ross Boren and Lisa Lee Boren's book The Gold of Carre Shin Ob is an account of a few kids stumbling upon what could perhaps be this very mine. It reads as follows:
"The sister of Max Harrison (of Vernal) was up in Dry Fork Canyon some years ago hiking around with a couple of other girls and some boys when they came across a small cave. They went back into this cave to snoop around and back inside a short way it dropped off into a shaft-like hole. Having a flashlight, they lowered one of the boys down into the hole with a rope. The cave was spooky to them anyway and they had mixed feelings about being there in the first place, but they were not ready for what was about to be discovered. When they pulled him from the hole, he described in graphic detail what he had seen; a room-like chamber where 15 or 20 human skeletons were sitting or lying around in the form of a circle against the walls, most of which were still wearing old Spanish armor. They ran from the cave and returned to their homes, swearing to one another an oath never to tell where this place was at."

Could this mine that these kids stumbled upon have been the mine that the old Mexican woman and her husband put their dead group in? Is it possible that others hiking in the area have stumbled upon this very mine and not told anyone about it? This is one of histories mysteries that is waiting to be revealed.

(Alway remember, if you have a mysterious story you would like to submit to Mystery History the Paranormal and More send it to Paul Workman at pointoflife@hotmail.com with the subject "spooky story")



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mystery Tidbits, Episode 1-The Haunted Bullock Hotel

Mystery Tidbits Episode 1-The Haunted Bullock Hotel can be found at Podcasts.com

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The small town of Deadwood, South Dakota is an interesting one to say the least, serving residents who have now become popular because of HBO’s television series “Deadwood” such as Seth Bullock, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and Al Swearengen, who “enticed women from the states with the lure of respectable employment. After they arrived, they were stranded, scared, and helpless, and many did not speak English. The alternative was the street-and for a woman in all-male, lawless Deadwood, that meant no alternative at all” (Ames, 16). Though it’s colorful and interesting history still jumps out at us almost 140 years later, it almost seems sometimes that the people who lived at Deadwood in the 1870’s still reside in the town today.
                Hauntings seem to occur anywhere and everywhere, and Deadwood is not to be excluded. One hotspot for hauntings is that of the Bullock Hotel. One witness wrote about the Hotel that “My wife & I spent several nights in the Bullock Hotel. It was our first get-a-way weekend after our youngest daughter was bored. We looked forward to a good nights sleep. However, the next morning we awoke & asked eachother how we slept. We were both woken several times during the night by babies crying & children running through the halls. On the way out of the elevators, we were asked by the clerk how we were & we complained about the noise. She looked @ us dumfoundedly and informed us that there was noone on our floor that night & none of the guests had children with them. Walking through the halls is spooky enough. There seems like some sort of weight on your chest & the hair stands up on the back of my neck and arms!” (http://ghosttraveller.com/south_dakota.htm)
                Seth Bullock, whom the hotel is named for, passed away from cancer in the hotel, in room 211. Since his death in 1919, guests and employees of the hotel have claimed to have seen his apparition. According to witnesses who have seen him, they claim that when staffers are being lazy at the hotel, his presence becomes known even more. It has also been said that his spirit even helped a little boy find his way back to his room. (http://ghosttraveller.com/south_dakota.htm)
If it is indeed Bullocks spirit, he is responsible for many other acts from beyond. Again, when employees are not doing the work they are supposed to be doing, plates and glasses shake and fly across the restaurant. Staff members often hear a disembodied male voice and witness barstools moving in Seth’s cellar by unseen forces. A broken clock in room 305 is known to chime at random times when maids are cleaning it and cleaning carts have moved by themselves. One maid was even sprayed by a shower that turned on by itself while she was cleaning it.
There have been many documented hauntings which have occured at the Bullock Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota and they still continue to happen. Perhaps Seth, even in the afterlife, is still a stickler for a well run business, as he was in life.