LA Times, 1934: Lizard People Dwelling Beneath the City in Tunnels…

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From the L.A. Times:

According to the legend as imparted to Shufelt by Macklin, the radio X-ray has revealed the location of one of three lost cities on the Pacific Coast, the local one having been dug by the Lizzard People after the “great catastrophe” which occurred about 5000 years ago. This legendary catastrophe was in the form of a huge tongue of fire which “came out of the Southwest, destroying all life in its path,” the path being “several hundred miles wide.” The city underground was dug as a means of escaping future fires.

The lost city, dug with powerful chemicals by the Lizard People instead of pick and shovel, was drained into the ocean, where its tunnels began, according to the legend. The tide passing daily in and out of the lower tunnel portals and forcing air into the upper tunnels, provided ventilation and “cleansed and sanitized the lower tunnels,” the legend states.

Large rooms in the domes of the hills above the city of labyrinths housed 1000 families “in the manner of tall buildings” and imperishable food supplies of the herb variety were stored in the catacombs to provide sustenance for the lizard folk for great lengths of time as the next fire swept over the earth.

Did Ancient Lizard Cult Hide Gold Tablets in Tunnels Under L.A.? Jan. 29, 1934

d7cb49fe-8b26-4c45-9829-5ae234a549c7Readers must have been shocked by the front page of the Jan. 29, 1934, Los Angeles Times, where Jean Bosquet wrote breathlessly about a search for a lost civilization of Lizard People and their buried treasure. (IMAGE: Clip of Page 5 of the Jan. 29, 1934, Los Angeles Times. CREDIT: Los Angeles Times archive.)

The headline contained an unfortunate misspelling, though: “Lizard Peolpe’s Catacomb City Hunted.” But the lead is a gem, not just for its length:

“Busy Los Angeles, although little realizing it in the hustle and bustle of modern existence, stands above a lost city of catacombs filled with incalculable treasure and imperishable records of a race of humans further advanced intellectually and scientifically than even the highest type of present day peoples, in the belief of G. Warren Shufelt, geophysical mining engineer now engaged in an attempt to wrest from the lost city deep in the earth below Fort Moore Hill the secrets of the Lizard People of legendary fame in the medicine lodges of the American Indian.”

The Times had covered other attempts to find these tunnels under downtown L.A., but this one carried an artist’s concept of the Lizard People at work (about , with part of the treasure map).

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Lizard People Living in Tunnels under Los Angeles?

Good question! Take it away Jean Bosquet in the Jan. 29, 1934, Los Angeles Times.

Busy Los Angeles, although little realizing it in the hustle and bustle of modern existence, stands above a lost city of catacombs filled with incalculable treasure and imperishable records of a race of humans further advanced intellectually and scientifically than even the highest type of present day peoples, in the belief of G. Warren Shufelt, geophysical mining engineer now engaged in an attempt to wrest from the lost city deep in the earth below Fort Moore Hill the secrets of the Lizard People of legendary fame in the medicine lodges of the American Indian.

Let me come up for air to ask: Has the L.A. Times run a 94-word lead since 1934? Wow.

So firmly does Shufelt and a little staff of assistants believe that a maze of catacombs and priceless golden tablets are to be found beneath downtown Los Angeles that the engineer and his aides have already driven a shaft 250 feet into the ground, the mouth of the shaft being on the old Banning property on North Hill street overlooking Sunset Boulevard, Spring street and North Broadway.

And so convinced is the engineer of the infallibility of a radio X-ray perfected by him for detecting the presence of minerals and tunnels below the surface of the ground, an apparatus with which he says he has traced a pattern of catacombs and vaults forming the lost city, that he plans to continue sending his shaft downward until he has reached a depth of 1000 feet before discontinuing operations.

The breathless reporter goes on to explain why Shufelt is so convinced: A Hopi chief in Arizona gave him a legend that “according to both men, dovetails exactly with what Shufelt says he has found” using his radio X-ray.

And that brings us to the image above, which is taken from Page 5 – the story started on Page 1. The Times explains that the map was prepared by Shufelt “based on results obtained from a radio X-ray perfected by him.”

You can see on the left edge of the map where North Hill Street ran; toward the bottom is the intersection of North Broadway and Fort Moore Place.

The image inset in the top right of the map is “Times Staff Artist Ewing’s conception of the Lizard People at work.” The photographs in the bottom left show “Shufelt and crew at top of shaft” and “Shufelt operating his radio X-ray device.”

The Times’ Larry Harnisch has looked into the various searches on Fort Moore Hill for buried gold – there were a few in the early ‘30s, but they didn’t amount to much. And by May of 1934, The Times reported that authorities had “flatly denied the application of Alfred Scott, old-time prospector, for permission to dig on the hill. Scott refused to state what he expected to find.”

The January 1934 story points out that the Lizard People’s key room was thought to be beneath the intersection of 2nd Street and Broadway. There has been an awful lot of digging in that area lately – a new federal courthouse is under construction; crews are preparing for Metro’s regional connector subway; and workers were recently doing a little digging at the southwest corner of The Times building, where a generator was removed. No word on subterranean civilizations or gold tablets, though.

(For more, Nathan Masters has a great piece about Fort Moore Hill, which isn’t much of a hill anymore, at L.A. As Subject: The Lost Hills of Downtown Los Angeles. The Times wrote about early-20th century tunnels in 2008: Footpaths beneath L.A. echo history. Masters has also written about L.A.’s tunnels: Lost Tunnels of Downtown L.A.)

— Matt Ballinger

Image: Clip of Page 5 of the Jan. 29, 1934, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Los Angeles Times archive

Skeptical Opinion, here…

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Sources/Additional Reading

https://www.latimes.com/la-sh-lizard-people-throwback-thursday-20140123-story.html

https://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2009/04/did-weird-cult-carve-tunnels-under-los-angeles-jan-29-1934.html

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/november122010/lizard-people-la-ta.php

http://www.weirdus.com/states/california/fabled_people_and_places/lizard_people/index.php

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