Joined: 27 September 2006
I've come across several sites on the Web that tell what some
believe are true stories of vast underground networks of tunnels. And
they are no less mysterious and fantastic than those used as settings
in the fictional tales mentioned above.
It's not that the tunnels merely exist and are unknown to most people, it's what they contain, who built them, and why – and that takes us into the deepest recesses of the unknown.
People who claim to have first- or second-hand knowledge or
experience with these tunnels make many astonishing claims: that they
contain long-lost cities; that they are inhabited by advanced
civilizations – perhaps the descendents of Atlantis; that they are bases for extraterrestrials
and their flying saucers; that they are bases for secret government
installations. The government no doubt has top-secret military
installations deep within mountains and perhaps underground, but this,
of course, is the least fantastic of the stories.
Grand Canyon Mystery
The April 5, 1909 edition of The Phoenix Gazette carried a story entitled "Explorations in Grand Canyon." According to the article, a man named G.E. Kinkaid made an astonishing discovery while on an expedition, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, in the Grand Canyon. Among his findings:
The article also mentions a legend of the Hopi Indians that says their ancestors once lived in an underworld in the Grand Canyon.
Crumf Burial Cave
In 1892, Frank Burns of the U.S. Geological Survey reported that
he found strange coffins in the Crunf Cave along the southern branch of
the Warrior River in Murphy's Valley, Alabama. The wooden coffins
appeared to be hollowed out by fire, then chiseled with stone or copper
tools. Each coffin was 7.5 feet long, 14 to 18 inches wide, and 6 to 7
inches deep. The lids were open on each empty coffin. The specimens
were sent to the Smithsonian, which suggested the coffins might
actually be troughs. In any case, the museum lost the artifacts.
Tunnel Network Under California
According to an article entitled in the Fall 1985 edition of Search magazine, a high-ranking but unnamed Naval officer told of the discovery of a huge network of tunnels under portions of the west coast of the U.S. He said that U.S. nuclear submarines had explored some of these tunnels, which are accessible just off the continental shelf, and had followed them inland for several hundred miles. Here are more highlights of this incredible claim:
More and More Tunnels
The above story was written up in a long article called "The Underground Empire," which reveals many more details. It also offers these other fascinating accounts:
Brazil is said to have many entrances to an underground world. Several people claim to have proof:
Pretty far-out stuff, huh? There is, of course, no proof to verify any of these stories, and the explorers always seem to lose or forget where the exact entrance to these caves and tunnels are. Some of the stories may have a basis in fact, but most are certainly tall tales, exaggerations, or outright fabrications. But they fortify our fascination with strange caves and tunnels. They make me, at least, want to go exploring in them. And who knows what would be found!
Joined: 27 September 2006
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