Warren Shufelt and the underground city of L.A.’s Lizard People

An underground city

In 1933 George Warren Shufelt, an American mining engineer in Los Angeles, following surveys carried out using a tool of his own invention in the area that would later become the center of the city of Los Angeles, came across what appeared to be underground structures consisting of an intricate and interconnected set of artificially designed chambers and galleries that stretched from the heart of the city to Mount Washington to continue to the small town of Pasadena and west along the coast to the city of Santa Monica.
According to the statements of the engineer, the galleries and chambers contained gold, precious artifacts, tools and documents that reported the history and origins of the human race, of modern man in the Americas, including details concerning the Mayan people, but also stocks of not perishable-food.

The Hopi legend

In search of an explanation and the purpose of these lattices, Shufelt met a Hopi Indian shaman, Chief Little Green Leaf, who told him about the legends about the lizard people (see also Through the coils of the Serpent-Men: The Nagas), wiped out around 3000 BC by a meteor shower (or perhaps from a war between alien races), and their underground cities.


According to the most widespread version of the story about 5000 years earlier, as evidenced by the presence of the Winslow crater, the earth was hit by a meteor shower that affected much of the west coast. The few surviving lizard people then built 13 underground tunnels on the Pacific coast to shelter from future disasters and preserve their race by digging into the rock with a chemical that could liquefy it. Little Green leaf helped Shufelt locate a connection point between the surface world and the old reptilian domains by explaining that the subterranean complex had a lizard-like structure, with the "head" located below where Dodger Stadium currently stands and the queue that reaches more or less the foundations of the Central Library, while the capital would have been in the underground of the financial district of Los Angeles.

The research

In January 1934, Shufelt gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times that caused such a sensation, that it led the Mayor to open a loan for his research. The engineer, however, never managed to find any evidence of this mysterious civilization nor the gold he claimed was hidden in this sort of catacombs, but he did a complete mapping of the underground tunnels of Los Angeles, before the municipality, which had authorized the work, put an end to it. The whole thing disappeared from the news until mysterious tunnels were found in the Los Angels subsoil whose presence, however, was explained by saying that they had been built by the Chinese underworld in the 19th century to hide illegal Chinese workers, smuggled goods and drugs.

Hoax or cover up?

However, there are other ambiguous elements in this story.
First of all, the reasons behind the sharp turnaround by the administrations: certainly, as regards the city of Los Angeles, there were preponderant economic and political interests that would have been "slowed down" and which were adduced as official reasons for the common good, but the same reasons would not have made sense for all the other smaller cities and areas that are still substantially desert today and under which the intricate network of tunnels would have spread.
It could therefore be assumed that the order to cease the activities came from far more highly placed positions with the aim, perhaps, of covering up any possible discovery.
The most curious thing, however, is the following: two months before Shuflet's interview for the LAT, a well-known seer from the American Society for Psychic Research had the vision of a huge city located under Los Angeles, with huge tunnels that reach the sea.
This clairvoyance experiment, performed by Miss Edith Elden Robinson, is recorded in the archives of the American Society for Psychic Research and is dated December 22, 1933.

We are not given anything else to know about the city of the Reptilians and there is no certain evidence regarding its existence but, if so, any discovery of the treasures of the ancient lizard-man civilization would require a profound and radical revision of the officially accepted history, elevating the presence of these creatures to something more than just a hoax or urban legend.

"One morning he awoke in a green hotel
With a strange creature groaning beside him
Sweat oozed from its shiny skin
Is everybody in?
The ceremony is about to begin
Wake up!
You can’t remember where it was
Had this dream stopped?
The snake was pale gold
Glazed and shrunken
We were afraid to touch it
The sheets were hot dead prisons"

-Jim Morrison-"The Celebration of the Lizard"-

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