Originally Posted by PolkaPower
You spelunkers are making it harder and harder to hide bodies around here.
From what we've read, there are many dead bodies in these mines. Lots of ghost stories and legends. It seems that if a miner died in a mine and the body could not be recovered, they would collapse that section of the mine and leave a memorial on the wall.
We came across a collapsed section of a mine with a large cross scratched into the wall. Not sure if that was a grave marker.
Some of the more interesting legends I read about were of lost treasure. Over the last century many treasures have been found and lost. One that comes to mind is local.
It's about a man who was a nomadic prospector. He would travel looking for precious metals. On his way back to Utah, he came across some blue mud seeping from a rock crevice. He'd never seen blue mud before, so he filled a tobacco tin with a sample and headed home.
Back in Utah, he had the mud analyzed and it was found to be encrusted with rough diamonds. It was said to contain over 100 carats.
He went back trying to relocate the blue mud and was able to locate the valley and general area, but never relocated the source.
If you ever want to look in the area where he claims to have lost the diamonds, here are directions: Take Blue Diamond Road. The name makes a little more sense now, doesn't it?