Legends of Mount Shasta: “The Abode of the Devil” Part I – The Legend of J.C. Brown
Many of Mount Shasta’s strangest tales have yet to be told. Ancient Native American legends speak of a fallen race of prehistoric giants who once inhabited the Pacific Coast of North America. According to the legend, their civilization was destroyed in a Great Flood. In the early twentieth century, a treasure-hunter prospecting in the Mount Shasta region claimed to have found evidence suggesting that the offspring of the Annunaki–also known as the Watchers and Nephilim–may have reached the shores of North America in a remote, prehistoric era. But before he could reveal the location of their “lost civilization”, he mysteriously vanished.
Could the legend be true?
Photograph © Dustin Naef 2016
All over the world, there are first-hand tales of how treasure-hunters and grave-robbers come to ruin by the consequences of their actions. There are many witnesses and victims of curses, which invariably follow the disturbance of hallowed places—especially the breaking of sacred ground, and the stirring up of local, in-dwelling spirits.
But this has never stopped treasure-hunters from the tearing down of anything that stands in the path of their dream of finding lost riches, and secrets hidden away beneath the mantel of the Earth's crust.
Photograph “Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona” © Doulas Kerr Flickr ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )
Many people are familiar with the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, a cursed treasure believed to be hidden in Arizona’s Superstition mountains. Fortune hunters have never ceased trying to find it.
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A mysterious set of engraved stone tablets, known as the Peralta Stones, are believed to contain the secrets of unraveling the mystery of mine's location.
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But to this day nobody has found the Dutchman's lost gold, though many have lost their lives trying.
Mount Shasta has a very similar legend which has captured the imagination of would-be treasure-hunters for decades. The legend centers around the accidental discovery of a subterranean reliquary, purporting to contain the treasures and skeletal remains of a lost civilization of prehistoric giants.
Photograph © Dustin Naef “Abode of the Devil – Part One”
The Legend of J.C. Brown
In 1904, a geologist and treasure-hunter who went by the name of J.C. Brown was hired by a mining syndicate to prospect for gold somewhere in the Cascades of northern California.
During Brown’s explorations of the wilderness, he claimed to come across a rock-fall at the base of a cliff. He suspected that something may be buried underneath it, and set about clearing the away the rubble.
Hidden beneath the rock-fall, Brown described unearthing a mysterious tunnel of unusual dimensions. A passage 10 feet high and seven feet (three by seven meters) wide curved downwards into the interior of the Earth.
Deep underground, Brown described encountering a weird array of primitive machinery which he attributed to a subterranean mining operation; and also, an unusual cache of gold treasures and relics belonging to an unknown people who inhabited California in ancient times.
Among the treasures Brown claimed to have found, he described as golden tablets and plates, all neatly inscribed with strange hieroglyphics and cuneiform writings. Unusual tempered-copper spears fashioned out of a memory-metal alloy which remembered its “shape”, so that the spear could be bent, to the point where the head of the weapon touched the base of the shaft, whereupon it would morph back into its original state.
Annunaki – “Some of the relics and iconography Brown described is suggestive of a Mediterranean link.”
Brown also described a “worship room” containing statues that eerily glowed in the dark, and iconography depicting solar symbols, and unconventional crosses not of the modern type, suggestive of a Mediterranean origin.
In another chamber he counted 27 giant skeletons laid out at angles to the walls, the smallest of which was six feet, six inches (two meters), and the tallest more then 10 feet (3 meters) in height. In another chamber lay the bodies of a man and a woman, dressed in royal robes, apparently embalmed and mummified by some secret process. Brown believed them to be the king and queen of a lost race of prehistoric giants.