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1955 Chevy Bel Air trunk opened after 54 years at depth on 11-26-16
Posted by Dan Wright
on 11/27/2016, 8:08 pm
Last September I located a '55 Chevy at the Tilly Foster Mine, AKA: "Deep Flooded Mine". The license plate was recently recovered and tags dated for 1962, so it was likely stolen or dumped at that time. The time frame intrigued us, as there was a suspected murder in that era, and rumor was the man ended up in the mine, anyway, he turned up missing and was never found. During that period, the mine site was very isolated, and this was an anomaly that the car was dumped. Curiosity got the better of the team, and in a group effort from Carlos Caunedo, John Morgan, John Eells, Jonah Klein, Bob Thomas, Sandra Clopp and I chipped away at it. Morgan finally popped the trunk last week, and it appeared to be empty. A relief in any case, for if there were remains, it would be a crime scene, bringing a whole other dimension with the authorities involved. Yesterday at the mine, I rolled video as Bob lifted the trunk open, and we also did a little tour of some of the ancient vehicle wrecks from the 1920's. This vignette gives the viewer an idea of how dark it is down there, as not only is there no sunlight, but the entire bottom and everything is covered in a coal black silt, sucking up all light. This '55 Chevy sits in 185' of water that is 42 degrees fahrenheit, year round. There is almost no oxygen, and steel doesn't rust in this fresh water, metal crumbles over time. We have witnessed metal rusting above 70', but not below in the blackness. There are dozens of vehicles in this site, last known wreck was driven in in 1990.
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