At one time, there was a
town known as Star City, Utah close by what is now Milford, Utah. Here
there lived an old miner that was quite a loner. He would come into
town with large sacks of high-grade gold unlike what anyone had ever
seen in the area. Since he was such a loner, he would never talk to
anyone about his mine or where it was located.
of the old miner is that his mine known by Rattlesnake Mine was
somewhere in the vicinity of his old cabin, no one ventured out to
visit him. Two robbers one day did follow the old miner back to his
cabin but bullets began flying through the air toward them and they
soon gave up and never went.
time, the old miner began making fewer and fewer trips to the Miller
Mill to sell his gold and most people forgot all about him. It is said
that even after Star City became no more than a ghost town, the old
miner was still out there prospecting his mine.
later, two men were hiking in the area and found an old cabin and the
old miner’s body. No one knows exactly how long his body was
there before these two hikers happened to find him.
far away from his cabin was an old shed, inside the shed was rotting
sacks of gold ore. There was also a shaft going deep down into the
earth below. The smell from the shaft was so foul smelling they had to
think twice before one of them decided to go down to see if they could
find the gold ore.
one hiker placed his foot in a knotted loop at the end of a hoisting
rope and let his friend lower him down into the shaft. When he neared
the end of the rope, he dropped his candle and screamed in horror. His
friend quickly pulled him back up and out of the shaft. The man was in
hysterics. He told his friend that the shaft was a hot, stinking den of
thousands of twisting, writhing rattlesnakes, all coiled together in a
hideous, nauseating mass! He went insane from the sight and had to be
placed into a mental hospital. His friend never recovered from the
sight he saw of his friend, refused to tell anyone where the cabin and
shaft was located, and committed suicide.
believed that the shaft is not only home to thousands of rattlesnakes
but the ghost of the old miner as well still protecting his claim long
after his death.