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Who Were the 'Lizard People' of Los Angeles?

A 25,000-year old civilization?

LA graffiti art spray painted on a wall in downtown LA above the reported underground tunnels
LA graffiti art spray painted on a wall in downtown LA above the reported underground tunnels.
Salem-News.com photo by Matt Glazener

(CHICAGO) - Long before Los Angeles existed…long before the Spaniards built missions along the western coastline…and long before any European set eyes upon the Pacific ocean from the western shores of America, the Lizard People roamed the land—both above and below the earth.

The Lizard People built a maze of intricate tunnels deep underground. Their subterranean passageways lay far beneath the earth for thousands of years until the tunnels were accidentally discovered in 1933 by a California engineer named G. Warren Shufelt.

The engineer had invented an odd device he called a "radio X-ray." While prospecting for precious metals with the instrument he discovered a strange labyrinth of tunnels.

Who were those mysterious people—those Lizard People of the underground realm? The Hopi Indians knew and related legends that provided some clues.

A 25,000-year old civilization?

When Shufelt learned that the Hopi Indians possessed knowledge about the strange tunnels he'd discovered, he traveled to Arizona and met with an elder of the tribe: Little Chief Greenleaf.


Greenleaf (whose Westernized name was L. Macklin) shared an amazing tale with Shufelt.

The chief told Shufelt that the L.A. engineer had stumbled upon one of the three great lost cities built along the Pacific coastline thousands of years in the past.

Presumably,eons before the ancient Sumerian civilization rose 7,000 years ago, the Lizard People were already long settled in North America and had an advanced, flourishing civilization centered around trade between three giant coastal city-states. Greenleaf said that the remnants of the civilization that Shufelt found under the city of Los Angeles had been shelters built to protect the people from meteoric firestorms. Such a storm had destroyed parts of their cities when a huge fire came unexpectedly from the southwest.

Everything in the path of the gigantic fire—described as hundreds of miles wide—was destroyed.

According to the Hopi legend, a huge meteor exploded in the skies over the Southwest about 5,000 years ago. Pieces of the meteor slammed into what is now Arizona and Southern California. The meteor storm destroyed whole regions covering hundreds of miles from the impact zones.

The legend says that the great Barringer Crater in north-central Arizona is the evidence of one of the meteor impacts.

While that may be what the legend purports the actual estimates of the crater's age falls between 25,000 to 50,000 years in the past. The Hopi legend—if relating an actual distant catastrophic event—is off by a factor of at least five.

The actual age of the Lizard People's civilization could fall back as far as 25,000 years ago. That time frame dovetails with ancient Indian texts describing advanced city-states with a high technology that flourished on the Indian sub-continent, and strange tales left behind by the ancient Olmecs. Their history describes a much older people that had a very advanced civilization that collapsed for unknown reasons some 20,000 years in the past.


The Hopi legend continues, claiming that the Barringer Crater "is only one of the pieces that fell from the sky at that time. Thousands of people were killed, their crops wiped out, dwellings destroyed, and the forests set on fire. The surviving members of the medicine lodge, which had remained on the West Coast met to make plans for constructing safe areas. The sentinels of the sky gave their warning that it was time to enter the shelters and seal the shafts behind themselves. They were forced to go underground to save themselves from a gigantic meteor shower which devastated most of the western U.S. The Lizard People of Los Angeles survived the meteor shower, but were killed by natural gas leaking into their bunkers."

According to a front page article featuring facts about the discovery, "Lizard People's Catacomb City Hunted" (Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1934. Jean Bosquet) the Lizard People created the tunnels using strong chemicals that ate through the earth and were flushed out to sea.

"The tide passing daily in and out of the lower tunnel portals [forced air] into the upper tunnels, providing ventilation and cleansed and sanitized the lower tunnels," the article explained.

In a feat of amazing engineering thousands of years ago, the lost Lizard People built "large rooms in the domes of the hills above the city of labyrinths [that] housed 1,000 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 length of time" if another fire swept over them.

Journalist Bosquet asked Shufelt how he discovered the tunnels and catacombs with his X-ray device. "I knew I was over a pattern of tunnels," the engineer told the L.A. Times reporter, "and I had mapped out the course of the tunnels, the position of large rooms scattered along the tunnel route, as well as the position of deposits of gold, but I couldn't understand the meaning of it."

The L.A. Times article also mentioned that "Shufelt believed that they had built 13 such underground facilities in different areas for such a purpose. One was located in the eastern section of Arizona in a small town called Springerville and was only discovered recently. Another was located under a hill which was surrounded by a curving ridge of mountains like the middle of a horse's hoof. This is exactly the type of terrain seen in downtown L.A. in the area that is now the Board of Education, which is built over the ruins of the old Willis Estate on top of Fort Moore hill."

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Terrence Aym is a Salem-News.com Contributor based in Chicago, who is well known nationally for his stirring reports on the top ranked site, helium.com. Born in Minnesota, Terrence Aym grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs. Having traveled to 40 of the 50 states and lived in 7 of them, Aym is no stranger to travel. He's also spent time in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Western Africa. An executive for many years with Wall Street broker-dealer firms, Aym has also had a life-long interest in science, technology, the arts, philosophy and history. If it's still possible to be a 'Renaissance man' in the 21st Century, Aym is working hard to be one.

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Evie July 17, 2012 9:16 pm (Pacific time)

The detail you've mngeaad to retain in the rocks is brilliant. The clouds are pretty impressive too. I think that a dramatic sunburst would have been a little overwhelming the understated sun is what this shot benefits from.LensScaper recently posted..


Jay November 14, 2010 9:36 am (Pacific time)

In the final analysis the so-called "Lizard People", if they existed, failed to survive. Why? lizard predators? Solar flare radiation? Transfats?


Duncan November 13, 2010 9:48 am (Pacific time)

A google search for this guys name and the 1934 LA Times article was interesting. Did you know his 'radio x-ray' looked like a dowsing rod? And that he had a remotely determined a complete map of the complex, including the location and shape of gold tablets sprinkled throughout it's halls? I would like to have heard more about the high-tech background of this 'mining engineer' who was creating field gear in 1933 that matches or exceeds the abilities of modern satellite-based scanning systems. I look forward to hearing about the Lizard People Studies program at UCLA... A 'eons old' civilization (eon: longest indefinite measure of geological time, consisting of 2+ 'eras') surely deserves more study.


Josh Akers November 13, 2010 2:09 am (Pacific time)

Underground Lizard men are well documented in the UFO community as as well as confirmed by ex-government men and women from every sector dealing with UFO's. All knowledge of these projects are blacker than black on the security clearance level... Every single whistle blower is taking his life into his own hands for every slice of information public citizens and civillians receive. I don't believe 90% of what I read but the last 10% is enough to convince me we are not alone... and we may possibly NEVER have been alone on earth as far as different species of human level intelligent life. Keep your mind open and be scientific about this subject, that's the only way to escape the kooks and propaganda.

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