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tony Teixeira

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Hey Everyone,

Yesterday I decided to hike and look for some places where I can swing my coil in the future, I talked to a Realtor in the area that hikes the areas and he told me of some areas that have some tailings and said if I wanted to get there I would have to hike a bit.... so I did.....on my way there along a creek I noticed a piece of metal on the side of the hill, looked like a small, small BBQ but as I got closer it appears to be some type of exhaust, of it is connected to a pipe in the ground, I am guessing that there is a mine nearby which I have no desire to go into to so I kept hiking.

So what do you think? possible exhaust pipe to a mine?

Oh yea, I also found a claim marker about 1.5 miles east of it on the side of the hill under many trees, it was a 4x4 (lumber, not truck :smrt1: ) painted white, most the writing was gone but I could make out 1990, it was still standinging but rotted at the base.

All in all it turned out to be a very nice day for a hike and to take pictures.

Thanks

Tony Teixeira

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I zoomed in on the pic, it looks like its very heavy metal. Too heavy for an exhaust top?

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I would guess that it might be an "Air Shaft" to an old tunnel in a mine. These can be very dangerous because of erosion around the outside may cause unstable ground. I personaly know of 3 cases of people falling into them! One of them being me and I was lucky, I lived the other two did not. I my case it was completly obscured by vegatation and it was an 20" pipe level with the ground, I stepped into it with one leg and fell to my crouch and was able to grab some vegatation and keep my other leg from folding up to my waist and my whole body going down it. It was painful, a total surprise and I was alone, the pipe had been cut off with a torch at ground leavel and there where no signs, tailings, just near another old mine in CA. A few years back a winter visiter fell head first down an air shaft at the Fortuna Mine south of Yuma,AZ, the mine rescue squad was able to recover her body after heroic efforts. The other one I was present near by was another winter visitor at a club claim near 4 corners,AZ, the man was warned about the unstable ground near an old mine and it was fenced and had numerous signs. His car was found nearby and his tracks led to the fenced area and signs showed that he was MDing and the ground sourounding an air shaft gave way, he was never recovered, the mine is too unstable to enter at all and the ground is caving into the shafts from hundreds of feet around it. There are lots of vertical shafts in the same area and some of them are in heavey vegation and have no tailings nearby, you have to watch out! I have a nephew on a mine rescue squad and his experinces will curl your hair and the stupidity of people around old mines is unbeliveable! The worst part would be stuffing rotten body parts in to a bodybag or recovering a kids body. I for one quit going into old mines a good while back, even though I know where there are some with super specimens remaining!

MERRY CHRISMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

<BR>post-21152-1229884967_thumb.jpg<BR><BR>Hey Everyone,<BR><BR>Yesterday I decided to hike and look for some places where I can swing my coil in the future, I talked to a Realtor in the area that hikes the areas and he told me of some areas that have some tailings and said if I wanted to get there I would have to hike a bit.... so I did.....on my way there along a creek I noticed a piece of metal on the side of the hill, looked like a small, small BBQ but as I got closer it appears to be some type of exhaust, of it is connected to a pipe in the ground, I am guessing that there is a mine nearby which I have no desire to go into to so I kept hiking.<BR><BR>So what do you think? possible exhaust pipe to a mine? <BR><BR>Oh yea, I also found a claim marker about 1.5 miles east of it on the side of the hill under many trees, it was a 4x4 (lumber, not truck <IMG style="VERTICAL-ALIGN: middle" alt=smrt1.gif src="style_emoticons/smileone/smrt1.gif" border=0 emoid=":smrt1:"> ) painted white, most the writing was gone but I could make out 1990, it was still standinging but rotted at the base.<BR><BR>All in all it turned out to be a very nice day for a hike and to take pictures.<BR><BR>Thanks<BR>Tony Teixeira<BR>
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Tony, I've seen one other pipe similar to that, and it was an air shaft ( I assume ) but looked as though it had at one stage had

something else bolted to the top ( maybe a cover? ).

My wife and I also have come across wooden ones shaped like a chimney where the ground either side for some 4 feet, was cracked and falling in.

Be careful.

HH - Johnny

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Hello everyone.

This thread is a valuable reminder that curiosity isn't always a good thing. From my Canadian Army days and experience on both Canadian and United States military bases, I recall that there are multitudes of abandoned and burried bunkers, wells, shafts and such to injure the unwary. That doesn't even count all of the unexploded ordinance laying around. I know from my experiences with abandoned open pit and shallow shaft mines north of me that there are sometimes unexploded commercial explosives and detonators laying around as well. And yes, to some people warning signs are a magnet drawing them in to places that are best avoided. I learned a long time ago that it takes only one brief brainfart to drasticaly alter or end a life forever. Thank you for the reminder. Cheers, lvlagnum.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hello tony,

I zoomed in on the photo and only one thing came to mind! It looks like a feed pipe flanged section to a hydralic monitor, it is heavy and the right size. Maybe it ended up being used for something else?

SteveT

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