The gold mine is one of the most profitable in Arizona'shistory. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The mine is said to be haunted by the Blue Devil Ghost. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The gold mine is 150 years old. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The mine is on the market for $5.9 million.(Source: CBS 5 News)
WICKENBURG, AZ (CBS5) -
A nearly 150-year-old gold mine is for sale near Stanton, and though it's been one of the most profitable gold mines in the state's history, it also has a scary past.
"There have been miners below in the (mine) at various times who have reported a vestige called the Blue Devil Ghost," said Preston Westmoreland, the Russ Lyon Sotheby's realtor who is listing the property.
"It can be something that's wispy in the tunnels. If you go down in tunnel no. 2, about 500 feet down, in one of the shafts, one of the minors has etched with the carbon from his lamp the outline of a blue devil with his horns," he continued.
The mine and the property is sits on is tucked away on a dirt road northwest of Wickenburg. It's on the market for $5.9 million.
"This is actually one of the most historic mining properties in the state of Arizona, the old Octave mine. It was discovered in about 1869," explained Westmoreland.
Westmoreland allowed cameras deep inside the mine. The opening to shaft three is tiny, just about 10 feet wide by 5 feet tall, and there is a steep decline before it levels out about 150 feet below ground.
"It's an absolutely unbelievable labyrinth. You can get lost very easily because they go to other shafts and they're interconnected all over the place," said Westmoreland, referring to the more than 25 miles of tunnels buried as deep as 2,500 feet below the ground.
The tunnels follow what's known as the vein, a thick formation of quartz that could contain gold.
"The vein in the mine is actually about 5 inches to 5 feet wide, but it averages about 3 feet wide," said Westmoreland.
Westmoreland explained the tiniest of miners would spend hours on their backs chipping away at that vein and placing wooden spacers between solid rock. The quartz would then be processed, and any gold inside it would be pulled out.
"Maybe they've gotten most of the gold out of that - but the vein - a lot of it has never been worked before, and it goes all the way to the top of the mountain," pointed out Westmoreland.
Westmoreland said the new owners would have claim to the land and could continue mining if they wish. The property also includes a two bedroom home.
"I guarantee you there is gold here. But if it was easy to find, it wouldn't be valuable. It's always a little speculation. It's a guessing game. It's a detective game," said Westmoreland.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:57:07 GMT
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