Chief Greenleaf’s Treasure


A hidden labyrinth,
containing the riches
and history of a
long lost civilization,
dating back 5000 years —

— could this treasure
really be buried under
the city of Los Angeles ?

well, Los Angeles has
always been a strange place.

It’s not just the
whole Hollywood scene
that makes it that way, either.

If you believe the story
of one G. Warren Shufelt,
it’s much, much weirder
than anyone of us would
even believe.

In 1933, G. Warren Shufelt
was just a run of the mill
Los Angeles mining engineer
searching the area for gold
or oil with which to
make a fortune.

For this purpose,
he had developed a
‘radio x-ray’ device,
that could penetrate
the ground and locate
minerals and other
subterranean features.

He claimed that it
worked using a
principle of :
“emanations and
gravitational factors”
upon matter
which influenced the
pendulum —

he claimed to be able
to trace someone by a
single hair strand using it.

The gizmo was described
in the Los Angeles Times
this way:

” Shufelt’s radio device consists chiefly of a cylindrical glass case inside which a plummet attached to a copper wire held by the engineer sways continually, pointing, he asserts, toward minerals or tunnels below the surface of the ground, and then revolves when over the mineral or swings in prolongation of the tunnel when above the excavation. ”

Now, to you,
perhaps that thing
sounds less like a
radio x-ray machine,
and more like a
dowsing device —

— well, boy, do you
have a suspicious mind.

Because despite the lack
of anything in the device
even remotely like radio,
or x-rays, Shufelt insisted
that the magic box could,
indeed, find all sorts of
neat-o stuff, if he could
just use it to scan the city….

The city fathers decided
to let him have at it.

So he did….
he charted almost the
entire downtown area
using his device.

After several months work,
he announced the amazing
results of his survey:

He said he had found
numerous underground
labyrinths spread out
all over the city
( I should say —
‘under the city’ )
and GOLD —
a whole mess of it.

paper3“My radio x-ray pictures of tunnels and rooms, which are subsurface voids, and of gold pictures with perfect corners, sides and ends, are scientific proof of their existence,”
Shufelt said.

Wow.. that really musta
been advanced technology.

Who’d expect a weight
attached to a copper string
to be able to do all that?

All he needed to do
was go get the goodies.

There was, of course,
a small problem.

two small problems.

One problem was that –
– very inconsiderately–
somebody had built a
rather large metropolis
right on top of Shufelt’s treasure.

It seems that the areas of real interest, as far as gold was concerned anyway–

… ran from Mount Washington to the LA Public Library, from Hill Street east to Spring Street , from Sunset to Broadway, and from Santa Monica, all the way up to Pasadena.

There was a lotta things in the way–

like buildings, cars, people and stuff.

Shufelt figured a way
around that, though.

He would drill a shaft down
into the ground over
one of the gold stashes,
and once he hit pay dirt,
he’d show the city council
that he was, indeed, right,
and they’d be more thanpaper2
happy to move the city
and share in the loot.

Problem one solved.

Problem two was
a bit more…..
well…, complicated .

You see, problem two
was that the theoretical
gold didn’t belong to him.

Those underground tunnels
that he located with his
radio x-ray gizmo weren’t
built by the city , and the
city didn’t know anything
about any large deposits
of refined gold, either.

Obviously, if they were there,
they were put there –
– by who–
I mean, …. whom ?

not whom , neither.


You see, while Shufelt
had been surveying the city,
he met a guy who said
he was a Hopi Indian,
and called himself
Little Chief Greenleaf.

And the Little Chief told
Shufelt how the underground
rooms, tunnels, and gold got there.

laIt seems, according to the Chief, that about 5000 years ago, there was this race of “Lizard People” living in LA at the time…

They had used a special chemical technology that would bore the tunnels without the necessity of digging, and had laid their underground city out in the shape of a lizard.

There had been 1000 Lizard People families altogther, and they had taken shelter in the caverns during a “great catastrophe” – described by Greenleaf as a huge tongue of fire, emanating “out of the Southwest, which threatened to destroy all life in it’s path“.

They had stashed their personal belongings in the underground labyrinths, and recorded all their history and technology onto large golden plates– 4 feet long by 14 inches wide.4

The problem for Shufelt, of course, was that they were supposed to come back for it one day, and they’d be very disappointed if somebody made off with their goodies in the meantime.

Still, Little Chief reckoned,
there wouldn’t be any harm
just looking at the stuff,
ya know….

So, Shufelt and Chief Greenleaf obtained a vacant lot
at 518 North Hill Street-
directly above one of the
‘ larger caches’ , and applied
for a permit to dig.

In exchange for 50%
of everything recovered there,
the city gave them permission
to sink a shaft 50 feet deep.

And dig they did.

They got to fifty feet
pretty quickly,
but found nothing.

They went back to the city
and got a permit for
a deeper hole, and
dug some more.

They got to 250 feet,
and water started pouring
into the pit .

They had reached
the water table…
and still no sign of
the Lizard King
and his treasure.

At least that we,
or the city of Los Angeles,
is aware of , anyway.

In March, 1934,
the dig was suddenly
the site abandoned,
and the hole filled in.

No more was heard
of the fabulous lost city,
the gold, the Lizard People,
or Shufelt.

Asked about it in 1947,
the head of the LA Chamber of Commerce replied:

It is quite possible, of course, that the supposed labyrinth really exists. But in view of the fact that the overlaying area is the immediate Civic Center area where an important building program is to be carried out, including federal, state, and city building, there is little probability of any further excavations.

From time to time,
interest in the tunnels —

… yes, there are tunnels under LA–

called the “Banning Tunnels”
after a mansion that sat near
there in the 1880’s —

and the whole “Lizard People”
myth is revived, but nothing
of value as been so far found.

Several writers have suggested
that the Shufelt story is the
basis of the more recent malarkey
of a reptilean conspiracy
secretly running the government….

If so, then, at least one person-
author David Icke- has profited
from Little Chief Green Leaf’s
Lizard People legend.

But then, as my Irish
Uncle Tommy used to say:

Spin a good yarn,
and they’ll follow you
home every time

And he knew a good bit
about the blarney, himself.

Cheers !!!



10 thoughts on “Chief Greenleaf’s Treasure

  1. mislucja says:

    Totally DIGGING pirate lady! o.O

  2. Uncle Tommy is right!
    HUGS!!! 😀

  3. Mrs Fever says:

    No gold, but underground tunnels and lizard people: Reliquary, by Preston & Child. One of their first.

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