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The Mines of Boonesboro

These mysterious tunnels burrowing straight into a mountain in three different directions have fascinated me for many years. Now the main entrance is securely closed off and overkill signs have been placed indicating that trespassing here is a federal offense (why is it federal?), but at one time anyone was free to wander in here and snoop around. It's truly an awe-inspiring sight inside, with a row of huge sculpted round pillars of stone, each big as a house, going off into the dark distance as far as the eye could see and as far as the flashlight could shine.

The place has always had a reputation for being a center of occult activity, and the graffiti around the area certainly bore this out. Rumors of a vampire/blood-drinking cult using the place as a meeting spot were common, and indeed there were some indications that there might be something to these rumors.

Once, while standing around the entry way, a group of teenagers emerged from deep within the catacombs. They told me they were trying to map out the place and it just kept on going. With a pedometer they said they'd mapped one corridor going for 6 miles, and that there were many other corridors going off in other directions. That simply boggles my mind. Yet I see no reason to disbelieve his story, as I've read about other mines that have gone ten miles straight down below the Earth's surface.

The first reported mine in Boonesboro was in 1863, though we're not sure where. This mine, though extremely old, is probably not that old, and the huge cavernous rooms and giant pillars were definitely not done with 19th century technology. It's also possible that the mine is an old abandoned project from the nearby Allen Company quarry.

The photos at left, from top to bottom:
1. one of the signs posted
2. a wider view, as seen from the road
3. Main entrance, now closed off
4. one of the other entry points