Rochford Mine Explosion- Rochford, SD
Background and History:
- Founded in 1877, and nestled along the banks of Rapid Creek, Rochford was an old gold mining town in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Located approx 25 miles from the infamous towns of Deadwood and Lead, Rochford peaked at a population of around 1,000 by 1879. It boasted several hundred homes, a business district, saloons, and schools. After the gold was filtered out however, Rochford was virtually abandoned. By 1900, Rochford was the home of less then 50 people. A few of the mines continued on after the people were gone. An explosion at one of them, which is now situated along the 109 mile George Mickelson Trail, killed 2 miners in 1902. Soon after this accident, mining in the area ended, leaving Rochford a ghost town.
- Several buildings still remain today, though are slowly being reclaimed by Mother Nature. In recent years, new claims have been set up over the belief that gold still remains in these hills.
- Scott and Vicky
- 2 Sony digital audio recorders, Sony Handycam, 2 Digital SLR cameras, Gauss Master EMF meter, Wavepad Sound Editor.
- Scott and Vicky arrived at the explosion site in mid afternoon. This is a remote area with virtually no traffic. No other persons were seen or heard in the area of the mine. Investigators are confident traffic and other people can be ruled out for possible noise pollution. This site does, however, run directly adjacent to Rapid Creek and the running water can be heard throughout. Please note this when listening to evidence clips. Weather was sunny, mid 90’s.
- Many EVPs were caught which could not be enhanced enough to post due to the creek in the backround. Interested reader can contact the MPI Network for private listening session with enhanced audio equipment. EVPs include names and direct responses to questions.
- No conclusive visual evidence was captured, however some possible anomolies were witnessed by investigators.
- A few EVPs listed below: Please note that Rapid Creek, heard in the backround, makes enhancement difficult.
Note – Headphones are recommended for listening to EVP sound samples. Spirits do not speak at the same frequency as we do.
“Clear! Heads up!” Possibly risidual. Was this the warning yelled out right before a dynamite blast? Heard directly after Scott says, “1902.”
“I was killed here.” Caught in first few seconds of EVP session. Scott says, “EVP session #2,” and a whisper interrupts. Scott continues, “Rochford, SD mine explosion site.” The enhanced sound clip of the whisper is here.
Male voice – “Hear me.”: Scott is heard saying, “We understand that that accident happened in 1902.” Interrupting Scott in mid -sentence is a male voice. The voice is somewhat inaudible, though sounds to be saying “Hear me.” Interestingly, a sound is heard at that exact moment over the male voice…a sound that is very similar to…an explosion. Just the voice clip can be heard here.
“Shiloh.” Scott is heard saying, “Speak into this black instrument in my hand.” A voice responds, “Shiloh.” It is unclear as to what this would mean.
- It is the opinion of The MPI Network that this mine site is active with paranormal activity. EVPs seeming to tell names which research shows were persons present and killed at the mine during the explosion, making references to phrases relevant to mine sites, and even the possible sound of the explosion itself, leads us to believe the site is active. Further investigation is warranted.