The Psychic Mormon Dream Mine In The Mountains Of Utah

dream mineVia, the bizarre story behind the “Dream Mine” built by a nineteenth-century Mormon bishop-prophet famed for his dreams that predicted the future:

The so-called Dream Mine is located east of Salem in Utah County.

In August 1894, John H. Koyle experienced a dream in which he was visited by a figure from another world. The visitor carried him to a high mountain east of Koyle’s house and into the mountain, showing him the various strata and explaining the meaning of the minerals. The visitor showed Koyle an ancient “Nephite” mine with large rooms of mined-out ore bodies. The rooms contained treasure and artifacts of an extinct civilization.

Koyle was instructed that he was to open a mine and extract gold for the welfare of “his” people. The riches would be found and released to him and his followers during a time of world crisis. The wealth would be spread to others through Koyle and the people organized around the mine. In this way the name “Relief Mine” was attached to the project.

The dream was repeated for a total of three times. Koyle talked of his dream to friends and others for support. In 1909 the Koyle Mining Company was formed with 114,000 shares of stock issued at $1.00 per share.

Koyle’s dreams continued. He predicted the First World War and the economic crash of October, 1929. He foresaw “horseless carriages” bigger than railroad cars going down the road at great speeds. He especially received instruction on how to develop the mine. Plans included air shafts, escape ways and drainage tunnels.

By 1910, Koyle was appointed bishop of the Leland Ward in Spanish fork. The mining activities closely coupled with his church work attracted attention from the Mormon Church leaders. Apostle James E. Talmage, a geologist by training, came to look at the Dream Mine claims and could find no evidence that precious metals would ever be found in the strata being explored.

The Mormon Church spoke out against the Koyle mine and associated activities and released John H. Koyle from the bishopric. However, Koyle’s ongoing success as a seer and visionary continued to attract supporters and money, including some members of the Mormon Church leadership.

For a time, Koyle moved some members of his family to Idaho to pursue farming and while there Koyle was appointed to another bishopric as a councilor, but released when the Mormon leadership learned of the appointment. He continued to attract opposition from the Church for the rest of his life.

12 Comments on "The Psychic Mormon Dream Mine In The Mountains Of Utah"

  1. That didn’t work out very well for him.

    • Maybe, maybe not.

      I’m likely to judge the project a success if he had a good time with it (and the death rate wasn’t above average for that kind of project), regardless of the quantities of gold actually mined.

      My friends who play Minecraft seem to enjoy themselves quite a bit, with little tangible results.

      Put another way.. there are worse things that religious fanatics can do with their time and money than work an unproductive mine.

      Also, it wasn’t me who gave you that downvote. I did give you up upvote to counteract that idiot, though.

      • I see your point about religious fanatics. In the LDS church, getting excommunicated is a pretty big deal. Not as much as the JWs, who will outcast the person completely. It’s a good story though.

        I know it wasn’t you. I don’t care so much about down votes. I just like
        suggest an awkward feeling for the down-voter.I feel it’s best to let a person know why there is a disagreement. This way something can come of it. A passive aggressive act as such means nothing.

        • InfvoCuernos | May 26, 2013 at 12:24 am |

          but you forget the main purpose for the internet is to piss off complete strangers for no reason whatsoever.

        • It didn’t occur to me that excommunication would be a big deal, since the Middle Ages.

          The problem of social ostracism is obvious to me, but it is hard for me to empathize with the notion that I should feel bad because someone wouldn’t let me in their “Secret Club”.

          You are right though, that might have been important to him. The fact that he bothered to get reappointed to some position (which was eventually revoked) demonstrates that it had at least some value to him.

          • Without a doubt it was extremely embarrassing for him. Back then it could have meant he had to get his goods in other places.

  2. BuzzCoastin | May 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm |

    Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine

  3. Just to record the most important fact.

    ANYONE claiming to be psychic is in one, or both, of only two states.

    1) A CON ARTIST.


    Join the campaign to change our stupid laws which actually condone LEGALISED THEFT!

    Protect the feeble-minded and vulnerable.

    Email your M.P (or gov rep) and request the ussie be raised in parliament to prohibit these thieves advertising or performing.

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