Exploring An Old Civil War, Abandoned Gold Mine – Nelson, Nevada

My son and I like to explore old gold mines outside Nelson, Nevada. This area was mined from 1859 until 1945. Deserters from the Civil War even worked these mines. Don’t bring small children or your pets out here — it is extremely dangerous. Use common sense, a good flashlight, hiking boots, and bring your lunch. Leave your spray paint at home and help protect our history. But most important – BE SAFE!
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    20 Responses to Exploring An Old Civil War, Abandoned Gold Mine – Nelson, Nevada

    1. kmksmkout says:

      mixup98 wow good to hear not all of the mines have been explored. is that ore cart on a small rail track? sounds like it has been untouched for the most part. i live in souther. ca where would i look for good i fo on possi le mines in my area left alone

    2. Usernameinvalid16 says:

      Really lol????

    3. Usernameinvalid16 says:

      HAHAHAHA Don't bring any spray pant And if you do Your a Douche bag LMAO

    4. mixup98 says:

      I admit you have to be extremely careful when exploring old mines and caves. Didn't find any fireworks….just a Diamonback rattlesnake. Thanks for the comment.

    5. Blanca Rivera says:

      you see alot of rattle snakes?

    6. mixup98 says:

      I love exploring Nevada…..I've been doing it for over fifty years and I rarely come across a rattlesnake. Don't get me wrong, they are certainly out there, but I have never seen a snake in a cave or a mine. When I do find a snake I usually take video of it and then I leave it alone. Thanks for watching my video and thanks for the comment.

    7. HardWayLearnt says:

      You know that embarrassing feeling you get when digging a hole to hide a dead body and you find a dead body? I think that may have been the place it was first felt.

    8. vegasfordguy says:

      Great videos! I live in Las Vegas so I'm not near most of the good ghost towns like you are. We plan on checking out Delmar this year on our way back from Cave Lake. BTW, You are one heck of a shot with your guns!

    9. Desert Lake Striper says:

      Have you sluiced around that area before by chance?

    10. mixup98 says:

      Years ago I sluiced in California but never in this area. Maybe someday I'll buy another sluice and try it. I might get lucky.

    11. mixup98 says:

      Have you been to the mines at Nelson. It's less than an hours drive from Vegas. Delmar is pretty cool but I haven't been there in about ten years. Pioche is a neat town also on your way back. Enjoy Cave Lake…..you will be in my neck of the woods. Thanks for the great comment. Good luck and have fun .

    12. vegasfordguy says:

      Haven't been to Nelson however we will make sure to put it on the list. Thanks for the suggestion. Pioche is a great little town, It would be neat to retire somewhere like that. You are in beautiful country compared to us in Southern, NV.

    13. Psi(r,t) says:

      Interesting as hell to watch, thanks for making a video longer than three minutes about exploring/nature. About the mine, I lived in Winnemucca as a kid and we would go out to old mine sites in the area, etc. fairly often (never in though, I was fairly young). However, the mine shafts in that area were much more linear, usually with only two or three horizontal entrances at most, and maybe two or three vertical shafts. Is this honeycombed style more common elsewhere, or an exception to the rule?

    14. mixup98 says:

      Most of the mines here in Nevada seem to be a vertical or horizontal shaft. I haven't found too many of the honeycombed style. As you know exploring old mines can be extremely dangerous and extreme caution needs to used when exploring these neat places. Thanks for a great comment and thanks for watching my video.

    15. mixup98 says:

      Melanie…..thanks for the heads-up on the methane gas. I had no ideal. Thanks for a great comment and thanks for watching my video.

    16. mixup98 says:

      Sandra….sorry about the late reply but I just found your comment. The names of some of the mines include Techatticup, Jasper, Carnation, and Chief of the Hills Mine. The mines were in operation from 1859 until 1945.

    17. T Dubb says:

      Very interesting. That looks like good times, but luckily I saw it here than on the local news. I agree don't be a douche and bring spray cans, but I would go a step further and say don't be a douche and explore without a sniffer. You could've got int a area of toxic fumes or just oxygen deprived. The signs say Stay Out Stay Alive, if your going to ignore them at least try and be smart about it!

    18. Patricia Stanich says:

      very cool, but please where a helmet next time

    19. Shawn Cooper says:

      Ha they run tours thought there all the time Never advise going on your own. (the ceiling hasn't been scarped in years)  we did once a friend of mine fell through a hole in the upper level and came out in a lower room but yeah about half way down it his a water table ad is super creepy. Never go alone!

    20. Jackie Clifford says:

      My grandfather was one of the miners who worked this mine in the early 1900's. The family moved from Oklahoma to Nevada to work on the dam. After the dam was finished my Grandfather started working in the mines. He had a bunch of dynamite blow up in his face in front of this mine which ended his mining career (the blast was set off by the electricity in his body.) After the accident the family moved into the building that they use for storage currently at the Techaticup mine. They were caretakers for the Techaticup mine until the passing of my grandfather to tuberculosis in 1955. My mothers side of the family is all buried in Nelson including my stepdad who we took down there in 2010. This mine is my family history and it really sucks to see the vandalism that has happened through the years.