An Underground Adventure in the Hidden Treasure Mine

An Underground Adventure in the Hidden Treasure Mine

Hidden treasures? This abandoned mine certainly had its fair share of them that Justin and I found while exploring and documenting it. The Hidden Treasure Mine was first dug in the early 1900s and was mined for gold, silver, and silica. According to old mining reports, it was last worked in the 1970s but might’ve been worked later than that. Several vertical shafts are onsite that intersect with more modern, downward-sloping tunnels. We entered one of the large, modern portals that continually sloped down into the mine’s depths. Along the way we found ore chutes, looked into gaping stopes, examined an empty bag of blasting agent, peered over the edge of a 975-foot vertical shaft, climbed over collapses, discovered a large ventilation fan, and much more. It was quite an adventure and exploration! I hope you enjoy the video!

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  1. Hot Rod Andrube on March 2, 2023 at 10:14 pm

    Ever think about getting a gopro on a rope to wind down into some 900 foot shafts? Love the videos, strong work!

  2. Matthew Carlos on March 2, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Great Vid keep up the work. 😁😁👍👍👍👍Btw how did you start your hobby?

  3. Kernow EDM Supporter on March 2, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    Enough awesome Explore bro , those support bracing ( bacon strips) look very intresting and i bet they were heavy to bolt into the walls cause just by the size of them.

  4. Nebraskan Assassin on March 2, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    God damn Frank thank u for the great video

  5. Andrew Jowsey on March 2, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Great video as usual need to get Paul out of retirement so he can climb down those winze’s like he did in past videos…LOL

  6. Kevi O on March 2, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    those old mines terrify me unless someone is outside with a communication device

  7. Punisher on March 2, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Hey Frank, do you think the ”bacon strips” were stronger than wood timbering? Thanks.

  8. OneBaldingWookiee on March 2, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    2:17 those aren’t jeans right? If so then that’s a pretty penny laying there.

  9. specter6633 on March 2, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    I’m so lost. Need a virtual map so I can get out.

  10. clinton young on March 2, 2023 at 10:24 pm

    You keep calling them rock bolts the correct term is roof bolts and the ones in the wall of the mine is called rib bolts (14 years of coal mine experience)

  11. Dan Chisholm on March 2, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    Excellent exploration Frank, the number of Bacon Strips needed in this mine is cringe worthy, I never realized how long the bolts are. Hope all is well, stay safe and thanks for sharing.

  12. TheSWolfe on March 2, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    LoL Bacon strips! I’ve seen ’em before but was unaware of their title. Sketchy but fascinating mine. Thx for the explore!

  13. Mark Honea on March 2, 2023 at 10:29 pm

    I gotta wonder what valuable minerals they discovered that would compel them to make a nearly 1000 foot vertical shaft downwards, as was found. Imagine the effort that would take. I really can’t.

  14. Adam Wright on March 2, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    Great video as always!

  15. Tina S on March 2, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    🤣🤣🤣🤣 Bacon strips!!! I love it!!!

  16. John Smart on March 2, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    An impressive mine, a lot of artefacts which were of interest. The tank looked quite old as it appears to be rivetted construction. What is the best form of stabilization, would it be the ‘bacon strips’ or the wooden bracing or would it depend on the environment which they found themselves in? Many thanks for a terrific video.

  17. Niklas on March 2, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    Wow really looked like an interesting mine 😀

  18. ronnie cardy on March 2, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    Very big tank . Really old also

  19. Jrose Almendras on March 2, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    this adventure is amazing

  20. Mike 1958 on March 2, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Another awesome video documentary! If gold and silver were mined there when will it be profitable to reopen the mine? If ever? You know that there are mines like the Bingham Canyon Complex in Utah that don’t see closing anytime soon. Just asking as to how long before they rip that 200 or so feet off the mountain and processing it for ore?

  21. Headframe Hunters Mining & Exploration on March 2, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this one! I wish I could have gone down with y’all but I needed to be up at 4:30 for work the next morning.

  22. dbache on March 2, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    Being in the Electrical Mechanical Trade, I would love to put some power⚡on that old ventilation fan and see if it would run. The water table must be low in that mine with that deep shaft although they may have had pumps down there once. Is that mine on a hill maybe? Great video👌. I’m viewing all your older one’s👍.

  23. Miner49er on March 2, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    This was a cool mine. It was quite tall, and the strappings were an interesting feature. Sure do enjoy finding doors inside the mines! Can’t wait for the next one. Nice video, Frank!

  24. Mark Honea on March 2, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Why would they install a door? In any mine?

  25. Fredrick Laverdiere on March 2, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Almost cave like. With the size of the tunnels, the waste rock outside must be mountainous.

  26. Brendan Wood on March 2, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    mmmmmm….. b a c o n… mn mnnm nnm mnm

  27. Headframe Hunters Mining & Exploration on March 2, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    The stope at 5:35 intimidated me since my lighting is not as good as yours and it was hard to see exactly what I’d come across! It goes down to at least the Shamrock 200S level if not further. Since the 100 level shaft station didn’t have an ore pocket, I think that opening on the 100 level was an ore pass done as a drop raise from the 200. Come to think of it, I think it actually goes down to the 300 level – I recall a conversation with the old superintendent to that effect. If I remember correctly, a 90-degree double slusher arrangement was used to load the skip. A similar arrangement was used a couple years ago in another mine nearby.

    Note that the stope before that ore pass was done "blind", with no upper access sublevel, which requires loading powder from the lower drill drift against gravity. That whole longhole stope deal was borderline experimental technology at the time. They brought in a crew from Boart Longyear to do the drilling with what I believe was a BCI-2 pneumatic buggy drill. Boart Longyear sells a product-improved BCI-2 as the Stopemate, it’ll set you back a cool quarter million which is actually cheap for new narrow-vein equipment! Powder loading was done with a high-pressure pneumatic prill loader versus a cartridge loader – definitely had to cut down on costs since grades there aren’t that good (~10opt Ag, minimal Au). I’ve seen references to an ANFO prill product that incorporated styrofoam to get it to stick in upholes – that could have been used here. Funny thing is that they got it all done with old-school pneumatic equipment. I’ve heard that an LHD was used on the 600 level, it was reportedly disassembled and caged back topside after the mine shut down. I have no clue what model it was – there’s been an ST-2D running around this district for a while and there was a larger Elmac machine show up at one point too. All I know is that it wasn’t a 911.

    Lastly – at least one Young Buggy was run in the decline-accessed workings there. I know a guy who ran one at this mine right out of high school. There’s a photo of one next to an ore pass with a grizzly but I’ve never found that spot, unless it was the 100 level ore pass and the grizzly isn’t there anymore.

  28. Pirate2002Admiral on March 2, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    0:39 I kinda wish we have that in minecraft. Cause we have a mineshaft in minecraft but the kind mineshaft isn’t what you expect in real life.

  29. Harold Ishoy on March 2, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    975 feet of ear popping fun, be sure to take your O2 meters

  30. CriXter on March 2, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    You have a amazing channel! I just have a little suggestion, it’s more like a favor 🙂 Can you activate the automatic subtitles? English is not my native language so it is very hard to follow your voice, but with subtitles it is a lot easier to me understand you. You have very interesting content! 🙂

  31. Peter Als on March 2, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    I am wonderiing all the colapses we see in this video, and also in many of the other abandoned mines you have been in. Don’t you think many of the colapses has happed when there have been some kind of an earthquake in the area ?

  32. morelenmir on March 2, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Interestingly while ‘winze’ is a word I have heard English miners use once or twice, the feature you describe as a winze would be more commonly called a ‘blind shaft’ here. That is a vertical passage between man levels that doesn’t have an outlet to above ground so cannot ‘see’ daylight. The moment such a ‘winze’ does break through to the surface it is no longer blind and becomes a standard mine-shaft.

    In my area there are also the relative terms ‘rise’ and ‘sump’. Any shaft from where you are currently stood that goes up is a rise and any that goes down is a sump–although the latter you might expect to be purely a term for a shaft filled with water, but it isn’t. Obviously if a miner is stood next to the same shaft but on a higher level then your ‘rise’ would be his ‘sump’… Rather confusing but somehow the lead miners still understood one another!!!

  33. yen James tv on March 2, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    keep safe , its looks nice view but inside is look scary , any way new friend here sending full support hope to see u around.

  34. NEIL Urwin on March 2, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    What A Fantastic Video All The Best Frank And Your Friend As Well.

  35. Twin Video Production on March 2, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    Interesting explore of this giant mine Frank and Justin. You wonder what damage a small earthquake could do to this already unstable mine. Thanks for posting the link to Justin’s channel.

  36. DangerDub on March 2, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    I don’t think I could make it down/up 1000 foot ladder.
    I went down like a 100-200 ft ladder in a shaft and that was one of the most intense experiences of my life.

  37. Globe Explore on March 2, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    Great interesting discovery Sir. no wood but strips?why

  38. Ryan Martie on March 2, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    What a cool explore! Did you find any gold? Also, I’ve always wondered if anyone has ever commented that has worked in any of these mines you have explored?

  39. Harold Ishoy on March 2, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    Air tank with rivets, dates the tank to around 1930s. It probably had been used and moved and reused many times over in that mine

  40. KALI PIANA on March 2, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    have you ever ran into a mask wearing serial killer (jason vhoores / leatherface / mike myres) in any of these mines ??? as its the perfect place to kill someone without getting caught because its so isolated…………………..

  41. Pirate2002Admiral on March 2, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Minecraft can be realistic sometimes but Not really. I wish that someone would just reconstruction the mineshaft in the game to look more realistic.

  42. Josh P on March 2, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Hey, Justin and I have the same gloves (Mechanix)! Haha

  43. Mark Hansen on March 2, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    balzy as heck. In my native Utah growing up sometime my boy scout troop would break into an abandoned uranium mine.

  44. roy jennison on March 2, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    great vid frank , i love that steel bacon holding the roof up. looks so cool .

  45. Partekal on March 2, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    This is awesome. Would love to explore this myself!

  46. Paulman50 on March 2, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    👍😊 got a ride in an ore bucket down a 900 foot shaft in WA. The shaft was about 1 meter square. This mine reminded me of that one. Thanks.

  47. x. anthony .x on March 2, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    Almost at 369k subs

  48. Miqo'te Lover on March 2, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    Amazing exploration, you do an amazing job at documenting these mines. Please stay safe!

  49. Paul Niblock on March 2, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    well that’s sketchy as all hell…

  50. Jeff Cowan on March 2, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    That’s one of the bigger intact tanks I’ve seen that deep in a mine, Frank.

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