These Guys Investigated A Haunted Mine And Might Have Contacted The Dead

“The only place haunted is a mine.”

BuzzFeed Unsolved’s Supernatural is back! To kick things off, Ryan and Shane visited Vulture Mine in Arizona to continue their ongoing investigation to find out if ghosts are real:

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Before their visit, they wanted to learn more about the small town. In 1863, Prospector Henry Wickenburg founded Vulture Mine after finding a quartz deposit with gold in Sonoran Desert, AZ. It quickly became Arizona’s most successful gold mine.

Before their visit, they wanted to learn more about the small town. In 1863, Prospector Henry Wickenburg founded Vulture Mine after finding a quartz deposit with gold in Sonoran Desert, AZ. It quickly became Arizona's most successful gold mine.

Between 1863 and 1942, it produced over 340,000 ounces of gold and 260,000 ounces of silver. Today, the gold alone would be equivalent to roughly 430 million dollars.

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The mine was so lucrative that an accompanying mine settlement called Vulture City was built in 1866 to meet the needs of the many new miners.

The mine was so lucrative that an accompanying mine settlement called Vulture City was built in 1866 to meet the needs of the many new miners.

There was a population of 5,000 residents.

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But by the 1890s there was a serious downturn in the mine’s productivity. However, it wasn’t until the outbreak of WW2 that mines nonessential to the war effort were shut down, forcing Vulture Mine to close.

But by the 1890s there was a serious downturn in the mine's productivity. However, it wasn't until the outbreak of WW2 that mines nonessential to the war effort were shut down, forcing Vulture Mine to close.

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The once-booming city now sits vacant. Eerily, buildings and leftover landmarks still stand and are said to be haunted by those who never left.

The once-booming city now sits vacant. Eerily, buildings and leftover landmarks still stand and are said to be haunted by those who never left.

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In general, the area is said to have disembodied voices, cold spots, and spirit orbs. But there are specific areas in the old town that are extremely active.

In general, the area is said to have disembodied voices, cold spots, and spirit orbs. But there are specific areas in the old town that are extremely active.

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The first place the guys visited was the old generator room which once powered the entire mining operation. It’s claimed that a worker met an unfortunate fate here.

The first place the guys visited was the old generator room which once powered the entire mining operation. It's claimed that a worker met an unfortunate fate here.

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Naturally, they went to investigate the strange noise but didn’t find anything unusual.

Naturally, they went to investigate the strange noise but didn't find anything unusual.

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Vulture Mine is also where the notorious Jacob Waltz AKA, “The Lost Dutchman” likely worked as a foreman for several years.

Vulture Mine is also where the notorious Jacob Waltz AKA, "The Lost Dutchman" likely worked as a foreman for several years.

Waltz was known to be one of the worst thieves the mine ever saw. He also claimed to have a secret mine in the Superstition Mountains where he would return with enormous quantities of gold. To this day, nobody has found the mine and it is now known as “The Dutchman's Lost Mine.”

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Unfortunately, due to deterioration, the mining tunnels were no longer safe for entry. But there was one place open for the guys to investigate — a massive tombstone called:

Unfortunately, due to deterioration, the mining tunnels were no longer safe for entry. But there was one place open for the guys to investigate — a massive tombstone called:

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Despite the name, it’s a site filled with great tragedy. In 1923, the cavern collapsed after one of the stone support pillars was overmined. The collision left those killed trapped and buried in the rubble.

Despite the name, it's a site filled with great tragedy. In 1923, the cavern collapsed after one of the stone support pillars was overmined. The collision left those killed trapped and buried in the rubble.

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It is believed that the the mine collapsed due to extra chipping without regulation:

It is believed that the the mine collapsed due to extra chipping without regulation:

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When the guys tried to contact the seven miners killed there, they detected no paranormal activity.

When the guys tried to contact the seven miners killed there, they detected no paranormal activity.

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Another hotspot is the two-story Assay building once used to produce semi-pure gold and silver.

Another hotspot is the two-story Assay building once used to produce semi-pure gold and silver.

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People have reported rocks being thrown at them and dust falling from the ceiling as if someone is above. One investigator captured an EVP, or electronic voice phenomena, of someone saying, “Get out.”

People have reported rocks being thrown at them and dust falling from the ceiling as if someone is above. One investigator captured an EVP, or electronic voice phenomena, of someone saying, "Get out."

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As the guys were walking around the building, their audio recorder picked up something that sounded like a loud whisper.

As the guys were walking around the building, their audio recorder picked up something that sounded like a loud whisper.

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When they entered the storage room, the guys decided to place a motion light in the center of the room to see if there was any paranormal activity. Even though they didn’t see or hear anything unusual, their adventures were far from over.

When they entered the storage room, the guys decided to place a motion light in the center of the room to see if there was any paranormal activity. Even though they didn't see or hear anything unusual, their adventures were far from over.

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They visited an old schoolhouse that was used to educate the children of the miners. People have seen dark figures and have heard children’s laughter. In one instance, an investigator was physically attacked by being pushed.

They visited an old schoolhouse that was used to educate the children of the miners. People have seen dark figures and have heard children's laughter. In one instance, an investigator was physically attacked by being pushed.

Rumor has it near the schoolhouse is a mass grave of children who died from of the plague, feeding the spiritual activity within the house.

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A few minutes after entering the schoolhouse, their audio recorder picked up something that could be heard as a whisper.

A few minutes after entering the schoolhouse, their audio recorder picked up something that could be heard as a whisper.

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The guys decided to shut off their lights for a few minutes in an attempt to contact the children who once attended the school.

The guys decided to shut off their lights for a few minutes in an attempt to contact the children who once attended the school.

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It was then Ryan noticed the door behind Shane slowly open. A few seconds after, they turned back on their lights and there was nothing there.

It was then Ryan noticed the door behind Shane slowly open. A few seconds after, they turned back on their lights and there was nothing there.

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To finish their investigation of Vulture Mine, the guys visited the old bordello, where it’s said the spirit of a woman named Mexican Rita wanders.

To finish their investigation of Vulture Mine, the guys visited the old bordello, where it's said the spirit of a woman named Mexican Rita wanders.

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Here they picked up audio of what sounded like someone saying, “what.”

Here they picked up audio of what sounded like someone saying, "what."

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They continued to try and contact more spirits but suddenly a swarm of bats came out of nowhere.

They continued to try and contact more spirits but suddenly a swarm of bats came out of nowhere.

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No one can say for certain if the former residents haunt this historic site. It was a place of great prosperity, but also violence and tragedy. Whether it is definitively haunted will remain unsolved.

No one can say for certain if the former residents haunt this historic site. It was a place of great prosperity, but also violence and tragedy. Whether it is definitively haunted will remain unsolved.

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The Ghost Town At Vulture Mine

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