This skinny 266-acre property in Arizona is not much to see from above ground: cacti, dirt and an off-the-grid 2-bedroom manufactured home, two hours from anywhere. The reason for the property’s $5.9 million price tag is hidden underground: 25 miles of tunnels into what was once one of the richest sources of gold in the U.S.
The first people to discover the mine reported that the area was littered with gold nuggets the size of potatoes, according to a book on the Weaver Mining District.
In its heyday in the late 1800s, Octave was a bustling town with a school, a post office, a general store and a stagecoach line. The mines there were some of the most productive in the Old West before the area was abandoned by Asarco sometime in the 1940s.
But recent federal rules about mine ownership have made it difficult to establish new mines, prompting some dreamers to take another run at mines like Octave's — a sort of second gold rush for this part of rural Arizona. The new owner could strike it rich with a little luck.
The current owner of the property, at 14125 W Ben Jaffe Blvd in Wickenburg, AZ, is selling land all the way along the mine’s shaft, up the mountain. Last year, the Octave mine was featured in a short-lived cable show called “Ghost Mine,” where paranormal experts explored reports of ghosts in abandoned mines, including the spooky and notorious “Blue Devil of Octave.”
Click here or on a photo for a slideshow with pictures of the property and more details about the strange lore of Octave (the reality-TV ghost hunt may not be the weirdest!).
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