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The Abandoned Mine Shaft is an old boarded-up mine shaft entrance and a mythical location located in Great Chaparral in Grand Theft Auto V.


The mine shaft was most likely used by miners to get deeper into the mountain to mine gold, however, some believe that the mine was used to mine out coal. Mine shafts are not as common in southern California as the northern California area because the Gold Rush was bigger in northern California, which makes the shaft suspicious. Players have found a way to enter the old mining tunnel, to find only that there is a stone wall behind it. The boards are not a solid board door as there is a black interior behind the boards leading people to believe the shaft is an accessible interior.

In the next-gen version of GTA V, the shaft can be opened by using any explosive at the door. There are railroads, dead ends and several different mining tools inside the shaft, proving that it was used to mine a lot of things (most likely coal, not gold.)


  • On the first track of the road, there is an Easter egg. At a fork in the shaft, there is a dead body of a man wearing a classic 1940s suit. There's also a film reel. The body is of a animated cartoon maker named Isaac who Fred Quincy killed, because he may have known a secret. The body under the water could be his wife, or a friend, who also may have known said secret.
    • This also might be a reference to the 2009 slasher film My Bloody Valentine. As the killer in the film, a miner named Harry Warden, kills all seven of his co-workers for breathing room after they become trapped in a mine.
  • Sinister-sounding footsteps can frequently be heard in the mineshaft after passing the body, even when the player is at a dead stop. This most certainly confirms the myth of it being haunted. Sometimes these footsteps are heard walking at a fast pace, and at other times rather slowly.
  • When standing at the intersection where the body lays, pressing right to switch a weapon flashlight on and off will occasionally inexplicably not work.

Video Investigation[]


Grand Theft Auto V - The Abandoned Mineshaft Myth - 1 The GTA V Mythology Series-1


GTA V - Myths & Legends 3 - Abandoned Mine Shaft


The Mine Shaft - GTA 5 Myths and Legends - Myth Busting -1-2

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