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Unread 11-10-2011, 10:55 AM   #1936
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The mountain was essentially hollowed out which is an incredible risk. The Department of Defense element added to our curiosity. A little research discovered the reason for the mining urgency and government connection. This mountain was mined for uranium. After spending a day in there, I hope I get super powers.

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Unread 11-10-2011, 10:57 AM   #1937
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The mountain was essentially hollowed out which is an incredible risk. The Department of Defense element added to our curiosity. A little research discovered the reason for the mining urgency and government connection. This mountain was mined for uranium. After spending a day in there, I hope I get super powers.
Hopefully you were wearing your lead lined undies.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:06 AM   #1938
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Hopefully you were wearing your lead lined undies.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:25 AM   #1939
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Did you pull that stuff out with you? I bet if that company still exists that they would be interested in seeing that.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:33 AM   #1940
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No, it's all still in there. After that was found we were still thinking we'd have to ascend the same way we descended. Carrying more than we came in with wouldn't have been a good idea. The picture weighed much less than the artifacts.

The Sunshine Biscuit Company is still around, but you'll recognize them by other names. In 1996, the company was purchased by Keebler. In 2000, Keebler was purchased by Kellogg.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 12:23 PM   #1941
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I'm just gonna post my standard "man thats so freakin cool!" comment...because it is!
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Unread 11-10-2011, 12:37 PM   #1942
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You spelunkers are making it harder and harder to hide bodies around here.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 01:38 PM   #1943
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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?
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Unread 11-10-2011, 03:37 PM   #1944
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Unread 11-11-2011, 02:44 PM   #1945
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People on Craigslists pet section have no sense of humor. My account is suspended again.
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Unread 11-11-2011, 02:45 PM   #1946
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Unread 11-11-2011, 02:53 PM   #1947
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There are so many interesting pictures from the past few days, it's difficult to decide which to post.

This one was interesting for a few reasons. An intact rail, inside the mine, underwater. Had the water not been so clear, continuing would have been more dangerous. With unclear water in a mine, it's easy to miss a winze (vertical shaft).
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Unread 11-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #1948
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I've seen places like this in caves. but never in a mine. It occurs naturally in caves when the ground stores large volumes of water and steadily releases minerals. I suspect this is a natural cave that the miners tunneled into.
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Unread 11-11-2011, 03:06 PM   #1949
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Here is a flooded winze (vertical shaft). Not sure how deep this went. We leaned out as far as we could, but still couldn't get a good angle straight down. We weren't properly outfitted for cave diving.
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Unread 11-11-2011, 03:11 PM   #1950
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See what I mean? All of these pictures are starting to look alike to me. I guess that's all for now.

We had a great time revisiting with friends, but they flew back home a few hours ago. In the five days they were here, we spent maybe 5 hours on the Strip. Most of that was at the buffets. The rest of our time was spent offroad in the mountains and mines. The most serious injury was my thumb split open on barb wire.

I need a nap.
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