As a Kentucky Library Associate and Local Historian These days, it is not uncommon for me to be in the Archives or on the net researching some strange place or scanning old news clippings. However the existence of Mushroom mines was brought to my attention by a fan that is also into haunted and abandoned places. I was intrigued and put the Mushroom Mines on the back burner, but a definite must look into status item. As it turns out ,One recent weekend I found myself hankering for a quick Sunday trip, just me ,my files and the road .The Mines came into my mind and doing a GPS search I discovered they were just down the road from me. Camera in hand I headed off to Carter County in search of the mines.
|The Rabourn & Sons Country Store is Fading away with each passing second|
Now it is not every day I get two for the price of one but the Mines are located in Lawton, KY a now completely abandoned creepy town. I am not sure how long it has been vacant but there are some sagging electric lines in some places indicating someone lived in the area at some recent point.
|Stairs to nowhere|
A still used back road passes right through the downtown which makes it even stranger. People pass through but rarely stop [Unless they are like me and an enthusiast for the strange, the macabre and the unusual]. So if the Ghost town of Lawton was not enough to get my fill of weirdness, I soon headed up the nearby hills to the Mines.
|This was a scouting mission and I did not take a lot of exploring equipment|
| Digging for limestone was the Original cause of the Maze of Tunnels |
and then up until the 70's a Mushroom farm
|Explorers have posted on there Blogs that the mines are extensive and |
that a huge underground lake is deep within
It was once a big teen hangout and rite of passage and So far local gossip goes ,Occult Groups perhaps Satanists ,gather there on Solstices and equinoxes of the year to conduct rituals. If true this may have been a few years ago since my basic understanding is Satan worship and an interest in magick ritual has not been in vogue in Eastern Kentucky for quite a few years now. Drug deals are also reported to take place at the site, and The Place is reported to be extremely haunted by strange sounds to boot.Even with all that in the background I was completely alone there and really determined to come back when I had more people and some lights and gear. Even on a bright sunny day it was a chilling place to visit, when I stepped into the darkest areas I felt as being watched and it was with that ‘’gateway to the Abyss ‘’sensation.
VIDEO OF THE MINES
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|Mine Entrances and rugged cliffs are all along the mountain|
Stone Mountain Data Complex
|One of Several half-built structures that were part of a recent failed scheme |
to utilize the property for commercial purposes