Discovered in 1900, the Quicksilver (Mercury) mine brought W.K. Ellis almost 894 flacks of Quicksilver ore. When WWI broke out, it dramatically brought down the prices in the mercury market eventually leading to the mine’s end in 1943. What remains is a haunted/ghostly scene in the middle of the Texas desert.
Ian and I spontaneously went on an adventure to this place during our visit to Big Bend National Park. The trip would lead us on a 5 hour ride through uninhabitable terrains. By the time that we arrived, the moon light was at it’s peak giving us a chance to explore the mines without using our head lamps.
It was hard to take in. This place was far from anything or anyone. We were about 30 miles from the Mexican border and about 50 miles from our campsite at Chisos Basin. I’m not going to lie…it was really creepy, and at some point, Ian and I heard voices in the distances.
We spent about an hour exploring and walking around the ruins. This little adventure would probably be the most memorable experience of our trip. Here are some photos that I took…