Vulture Gold Mine is located in Wickenburg, Arizona.
The Vulture mine began in 1863 when Henry Wickenburg, a prospector from California’s gold rush, discovered a quartz outcropping containing gold. Shortly after the mine was established a small mining town was developed. It was called Vulture City. The town once had a population of several thousand citizens with such amenities as a brothel, mess hall, and post office.
In 1942, the Vulture Mine was shut down by a regulatory agency for processing gold. This was a violation at the time because all resources were to be focused on the war effort. The mine appealed the shut-down order and reopened, but with less vigor. A few years later, the mine closed for an extended period. The mine is in operation once again on a separate property but is not open to the public.
The Story of Jimmy
There are many ghost stories from the history of Vulture Mine. One of the stories relates to a young man named ‘Jimmy’ who’s life came to a sad end while working with big machinery at the mine’s power house.
Paranormal teams have passed down this story and claimed that the young man died when a belt loosened from the pulley and came down, breaking his neck. James Davis was popularly referred to as ‘Jimmy’ by friends and family, he was an industrious young man, who only made it to the young age of twenty years-old.
Jimmy migrated to Arizona from New Mexico, in the early 1900s with his family. Around 1912, the attraction of the Vulture gold mine made his parents, ten brothers and sisters move to the Vulture City.
Jimmy’s colleagues had not noticed the danger he had gotten himself into, until he screamed for help but by then it was too late. He fell from the shafting and despite the terrible pain wracking his body, managed to utter his last words. His final words were, ‘Someone help me, for God’s sake.’
The accident happened around 10 o’clock at night and he clung to dear life until 3 am when he died without becoming conscious. Among the employees at Vulture Mine, Jimmy was a very well-known man. Jimmy Davis’s body was put to rest at Wickenburg Cemetery where many of his fellow co-workers and family attended.
Jimmy’s Haunting Presence
There have been many reports of Jimmy’s ghost at the mine, from visitors and caretakers alike. The sounds of the pulley belts whipping around, and a man bellowing in the distance is one repeated occurrence. This reported presence has led several paranormal investigators and ghost hunters to observe the mines. One report of the investigators has confirmed the presence Jimmy’s spirit at the mine’s power house by using electro magnetic frequencies and tools used to detect spiritual activities. At times, the team has claimed to have heard the distant sounds of men working in the mines, along with the pick axes being thrown. One investigator even heard a man begging for help, during his over night stay at the mine.
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