Hidden Treasures of Mt. Shasta
From Author Emilie A. Frank
Everyone loves a mystery, especially
a mystery about Mt. Shasta. There have been many fascinating myths
and legends written about this northern California giant and who is
to know which are based on fact and which are pure fiction?
The solitary mountain simply slumbers on, her secrets intact. But
ever so often another mysterious story surfaces, a new cast of characters
emerge and attention is centered once more on the mystic mountain.
That's the way it has been for years and probably will always be.The
leading character in the following tale is a baffling man by the name
of J.C. Brown who, in 1904, was employed with the Lord Cowdray Mining
Company of London, England. He was hired to prospect for precious
metals in this gold-bearing region and while here, he ran onto a section
of rock in the face of a cliff which didn't seem to match the surrounding
formation. While examining the curious stone he noticed it blocked
the entrance to what appeared to be a cave. Brown, a geologist, thought
the entire scene was unnatural and began to dig out the mouth of the
cave which was full of debris and vegetation.
He began to see that it was not a small cave and after much digging
found himself in a tunnel which curved downward into the mountain.
Equipped with lanterns and miner's paraphernalia he set out to explore.
"Three miles from the mouth of the tunnel I struck a cross-section
containing gold-bearing ore and farther on I struck another cross-section
where an ancient race apparently had mined copper," he said later.
He believed the other cross-sections outcropped on some other part
of the mountain. The decline continued and approximately 11 miles
inside the mountain he found what he called "the village."
He discovered two rooms filled with copper and gold tablets, about
three by four inches and concave, so that one laid inside the other.
The rooms were literally full of these plates, all inscribed neatly.
And that's not al he found. Te alls ere lined with tempred copper
and hung with shields and wall-pieces made of gold. On some of the
golden plates he found were engraved certain drawings and hieroglyphics.
There were tempered copper spears and other objects made of gold.
Rooms opened into other chambers, one of which appeared to have been
a place of worship. In addition, there were 13 statues made of copper
and gold and a large sun design from which protruded golden streamers.The
way the objects were strewn about, he had the feeling the occupants
of the underground village had left on the spur of the moment.
And then he came upon a macabre scene - in one chamber he counted
27 skeletons, the smallest of which was 6'6" and the largest stretching
out more than 10 feet. Two of the bodies were mummified, each clad
in colorful, ornate robes. Brown spent days exploring, studying the
hieroglyphics and indelibly imprinting them in his mind. He was excited
about this great archaeological find and decided to leave the tunnel
and its contents exactly as he had found them. He would return. But
first he cleverly concealed the entrance of the tunnel and marked
on his map exactly were it was on the mountain.
The next three decades, those spanning 1904-1934, Brown's activities
seem to be shrouded in mystery but it is known that he studied the
literature and philosophy pertaining to the lost continent of Mu and
the lost Lemurian civilization, among other lore of prehistoric races.
Years of study and comparison of the hieroglyphics and pictographs
he had found in the tunnelconvinced him that they were, indeed, records
of the Lemurian race. And so, after 30 long years, Brown surfaced.
He decided that the golden artifacts still hanging untouched in the
cavern in the mountain and the glory of those Lemurians should be
shared by others.
In 1934, at the age of 79, Brown appeared in Stockton, California.
His idea was to organize a group of people interested in accompanying
him, at his expense, to Mt. Shasta and once there, they would explore
further the ancient tunnel he had found in 1904. Eighty eager Stockton
residents, including a newspaper editor, a museum curator, a retired
printer, several scientists, and other solid citizens formed a group
to investigate the tunnel with J.C. Brown. They met nightly for six
weeks to plan the expedition, and also to listen to Brown's fabulous
tales of lost continents, hieroglyphics, and the enticing descriptions
of the treasure which seemed to be just within their grasp. Some even
gave up their jobs and some sold much of their personal property during
those six weeks, so certain were they that their lives would be altered
and enriched after their remarkable discoveries.
The editor and the curator questioned Brown closely, going over and
over the details of his bizarre story. Brown disclosed that he had
spent much of the previous 30 years searching for ancient records
pertaining to the Lemurians, and his mental pictures of the hieroglyphics
in the tunnel village had convince him that he had found the lost
link in the story of civilization. And he told them he believed the
golden antiquities he had found were those of the Lemurians or their
descendants. Brown even promised to provide a yacht to transport the
group as far north as they could go by water.
They would leave on June 19th at 1:00 p.m. The day dawned clear and
beautiful and 80 Stockton citizens were waiting at the designated
time for their leader to appear. They had met the evening before in
order to consummate the final details, after which J.C. Brown bid
them adieu until the next afternoon. However, Brown was never seen
by the group again and what happened to him is anybody's guess. The
members of the group feared for his life - he had mentioned that he
had once been kidnapped and had barely escaped with his life.
They called in the Stockton police but no trace of the man was found.
He had completely disappeared. But the 80 persons who waited in vain
for him that June day believed the authenticity of his story and they
believe in the existence of the vasttunnel in Mt. Shasta filled with
golden artifacts. Unfortunately, J.C. Brown had never revealed the
exact location of the secret tunnel in the mountain and it is highly
probable that these treasures of a prehistoric era will never again
delight the eyes of another human. Wreathed in clouds and mist and
sealed throughout the ages in ice and snow, Mt. Shasta keeps her secrets
to herself, as always . . .