Inside abandoned Horton Mine in Nevada

Abandoned Horton Mine in Nevada SHIPWRECK
The Horton Mine is a mercury mine located in Lander County. The Horton Mine has been in operation since the 1800s and is part of the massive and sprawling Victorine Mine. Historically the site has been associated with the Kingston Mining District which is now part of the Toiyabe National Forest. The Horton mine was used in the late 1970s and early 1980s as an ore pass.

Mining in the United States has been active since the beginning of colonial times but became a major industry in the 19th century. Today in the United States there are thousands of abandoned mines. Many of these abandoned mines are associated with abandoned neighboring towns often referred to as ghost towns.

Abandoned Horton Mine in Nevada
The entrance to Horton Mine in Lander County:
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Horton Mine Location

The Horton Mine is a mercury mine located in Lander County. The abandoned Horton Mine located near the massive Victorine Mine in Nevada. The Horton Mine is located about 900 feet beneath it, at the bottom of a mountain, and was used to remove the mined ore from above. Horton Mine on Google Maps.

The History of Horton Mine

The Horton Mine has been in operation since the 1800s and is part of the massive and sprawling Victorine Mine. It has been abandoned for years, but somewhere along the way, it earned the reputation for being one of the most haunted mines in the United States. 

Abandoned Horton Mine in Nevada
Yellow ventilation tubing is still partially hanging from chains
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Historically the site has been associated with the Kingston Mining District which is now part of the Toiyabe National Forest. The Horton mine was used in the late 1970s and early 1980s as an ore pass. Ore was dropped down the 900-foot Bore Hole from the Victorine Mine on top of the mountain. It was then conveyed on a shute that dumped it into motorized tramcars that carried it out. So Horton was used as a transport shaft. 

The Horton Silver Mine was closed at the time of data entry with no known plans to re-open. Production size when active was considered to be small. The host rock in this area is limestone from the Early Cambrian epoch 521.00 to 509.00 million years ago.

Abandoned Horton Mine in Nevada
Bolts have dislodged themselves causing the metal support strapping fall
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Frank, a mine explorer, recorded a video about the Horton Mine. He approaches the Horton Mine he notices water flowing out from within it. He’s not sure how deep he’ll be able to go because of the water but decides to proceed with caution.

The mist inside the tunnel appears to get thicker and you can start to hear the sound of water flowing. As it turns out, the water is flowing down through the ore pass that connects Horton mine to the mine above.

His explorations are going smoothly until he hears something that again causes him to turn around and leave the mine as quickly as possible, this time vowing to never return to the haunted tunnel.

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