Exploring an Abandoned Silver Mine Dating Back to the Post Civil War Era in New Mexico

Exploring an Abandoned Silver Mine Dating Back to the Post Civil War Era in New Mexico

Today’s abandoned mine exploring video features one of the oldest (and longest-mined) historical abandoned mines I’ve been in. History of this mine began in 1866 and was mined for nearly a century. It is part of an elaborate network of underground workings that span for many miles.

This exploration focuses on a path to find an underground mule stable which was used during its early legacy period. Mules during the early era of this abandoned mine were used to haul ore car loads to the surface, long before powered trammers.

Joining us on this adventure are @Zia Mountain Adventures and @Headframe Hunters Mining & Exploration. Together, we descend down an inclined winze that has an ominous “Bad Air” label and a challenging obstacle to navigate through to get to the bottom. To get to the stable area, we then have to ascend a different inclined winze-stope to reach the original level where we entered this abandoned mine to circumnavigate a collapse that prevented us from reaching this area.

This abandoned mine exploring video is shot and presented in 4K and HDR. I recommend for your viewing experience to watch this video with a TV, monitor, or mobile device with a 4K/HDR compatible display. It really does make a difference!



  1. ISME &WHAT on November 21, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Rope ladder area was a rough looking area😱🤮cool video keep safe out there guys 🙌

  2. Mike B on November 21, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    What part of New Mexico I grew up in Silver City

  3. RosecityPKM on November 21, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Note to self, when in a old mine wear a mask. Dude all that dust is so gnarly! We’ve all worked in it before but now knowing it turns into mud in lungs is a nasty thought! Love the video my guy!

  4. Exploring Abandoned Mines and Unusual Places on November 21, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Nice video, Justin! That is one extensive mine. Some great collections of old miners’ graffiti in there including that pig drawing and the self-portraits. Very cool having the green map popping up periodically to show your location. The tobacco tin was a nice find, too. Your assessment of “honeycomb” seemed quite appropriate.

  5. Anthracite Horror Stories on November 21, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve seen several mule stables here in the Anthracite region. They’re pretty rare. It’s the best! Like your vids.

  6. Durp Von Fronz on November 21, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    That is one gnarly mine!

  7. ADRIAN UNKNOWN on November 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Cool video

  8. Stephanie Sheldon on November 21, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Hi there, my husband and I have been exploring this abandoned mine all the times. That was our ladder, we left it behind so that we do not have to bring it with us all the time. We are planning to come back.

  9. Silas Akron on November 21, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Neat set of consolidated workings, third quarter 19th century is getting into the rare find category. I tend to find the complicated districts with long, convoluted histories to be the most bewitching personally. You gotta wander off into the earliest, most obscure wings if they still exist – with luck that’s where you’ll find the museums. The diggings resembling insect domains or caves are something else, yeah? Shame about the livery area, was really hoping you’d be able to tour it. I’ve seen similar old world haul features marked on maps but haven’t come across any in person. I’m sure you’ve heard of "muleways", specifically for animal transit…

  10. Zia Mountain Adventures on November 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Another great adventure and facts from Porty were awesome as well. Incline winze stope was nuts! On to the next!

  11. p a on November 21, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    you lot are braver then me lovely shapes and colours but hells bells thats is a honey comb mine for sure well done

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