George Van Tassel has a Dream
George Van Tassel in the meantime went to work for Lockheed International, Howard Hughes, and Douglas Aircraft. After George heard about Critzer’s untimely death, he applied and obtained the mining claim at the site. The Giant Rock site became the spot for the Van Tassel family vacations.
Meanwhile Back in the Mojave
Finally, in 1947, George just up and moved the whole family – wife and three daughters – to the Giant Rock property.
Tired of the big city grind, George had a dream to build a vacation resort complete with landing strip. George had an idea that people working in Los Angeles were also tired of the traffic and stress and would relish a vacation out in the desert. Giant Rock already had a landing strip built by Critzer. George reopened the field and built a café specializing in Mrs. Van Tassel’s wonderful pies.
Suddenly Everything Changes
Suddenly in the 1950s, everything changed. George gave up the idea of the vacation resort. He claimed that he had been visited by extraterrestrials who instructed him to build a longevity and rejuvenation facility. George began a massive building project – the Integratron. The café was now used only as a means to finance his building. George said that the other worldly beings gave him building plans for a facility that would regenerate life and/or greatly extend one’s life span. George started holding annual UFO conferences to help finance the work and taking in donations. These conferences were held for 20 years and thousands of people attended. George also financed his work with his books including (still available online):
I Rode a Flying Saucer
The Council of Seven Lights
Into this World and Out Again
This is not to imply that everything was going great. The Van Tassels had a hard existence living out in the desert. I can only imagine what the teenage girls were thinking out in the big middle of nowhere. George must have seen or experienced something special to put his family through this. His first wife stood doggedly by his side the entire time.
Things Go South Fast
George worked tirelessly on the Integratron with only a few people helping with the construction. He never revealed the entire plans to any of the people helping him. He was actually about finished when there were some tragic occurrences. His wife, Eva, suddenly died in 1975. George then turned around and married a local chiropractor named Dorris. Dorris seized control of the operation as well as George’s financial and business affairs, much to the consternation of family and friends.
Although family claims that George was in excellent health, George then suddenly died himself of a heart attack in California at the age of 68 in 1978. He was alone with wife, Dorris, at the time promoting the Integratron to investors in California. Dorris had George cremated before even informing his daughters of their father’s death.
As if that were not bad enough, Dorris then said that their house was ransacked and all of George’s papers and building notes were stolen. The Integratron was almost completely finished by this time. Unfortunately, the core of the Integratron was also removed suddenly and secretively upon his death by unknown parties.
Conspiracy theorists claim George was too close to finishing the rejuvenation chamber which would seriously disrupt the world order as we now know it, and he was murdered by persons unknown.
Other theorists claim that Dorris was the assassin, placed solely in the area to get close to George and kill him and then get the core out of the Integratron.
Go Visit Giant Rock
Giant Rock is available and open to the public. Be aware of the pitfalls of traveling in the desert. See below directions.
Integratron is not open to the public but sound baths are available by appointment and for groups. You can see it quite well as you drive by, however, on the way to Giant Rock. Integratron is under private ownership now.
In any event, go see Giant Rock for yourself and see what you think about it. Mull over the alien visitations and conspiracy theories. Decide for yourself what you think is true.
I have been to Giant Rock several times and it really is not all that accessible by a passenger car although one could probably make it. It is very sandy getting up to the site and quite rough. A pickup or four-wheel drive is better so that you do not tear up the bottom of your car or get stuck in sand.
Be aware that there are deadly rattle snakes in the area. It is also very hot in the summer. Take plenty of water if you go in the summer.
Travel north on Highway 247 at Yucca Valley, and take Reche Road to Belflower Road
Go left on Belflower Road until the pavement end.
You should see the Integratron on your right at that point.
Go past Integratron and turn right.
Follow the graded dirt road toward the left.
This road hugs the edge of a rock pile for about 2 miles.
Keep going until you see Giant Rock.
The Giant Rock has giant baggage! Giant Rock, located outside of Landers, California, has more old baggage associated with it than a sacred rock should have. It is a wonder the air is not filled with negative vibrations and a heavy brown aura from all the stuff that happened here. I will say that I am an Earth Empath and when I visited this sacred site, did not feel any of the sort of negative energy that was hanging onto the area.
Nonetheless, it still manages to maintain itself as a truly magical wonder of the world out there in the California desert. Located in what used to be called Homestead Valley and what is now known as Landers, it holds the title as the largest free standing boulder in the world, standing seven stories high.
Giant Rock is believed to be centered over one of the Earth’s ley lines – those energetic lines connecting all of the Earth’s sacred spots. This area is considered a high energy center and an energy vortex. People from all over the world have come to this site to check out the energy and experience its magnetic pull.
The giant granite rock was first used as a holy pilgrimage site for hundreds of years for Native Americans. This was way before American settlers ever got out this far west. The site was a sacred site for the Hopi and no doubt a favorite haunt of other desert Native Americans in the area. Medicine men and tribal shamans drew strength from the big rock. Giant Rock is believed to represent the heart of Mother Earth herself.
Giant Rock Foretells a New Era
In 2000, a historic event occurred when Giant Rock split off. An old Hopi legend said that the future of the 21st Century would be foretold at Giant Rock. The legend said that if it split in half, the Earth was doomed. If it split on the side, the Great Spirit would reconsider and reveal a new era.
In February, 2000, holy leaders gathered for a spiritual reading, restating the legend. Giant Rock had stood there for millions of years, all in one piece. But the next day after the legend restatement, a third of the rock split off from the mother rock, revealing the stark white interior. It seems a New Era had begun. Shri Naath Devi, a spiritual leader in the area, interpreted this as a positive sign that this was a sign of great spiritual awakening for the area and for Mother Earth.
Giant Rock and its Tragic History
Prior to the 1800s, Giant Rock seems to have only been known to the Native Americans in the area and the Hopi Indians.
In 1887, Charlie Reche, a homesteader, settled there with his family. You might see “Reche Road” when you come out to see Giant Rock. Charlie was friendly to the Indians of the area. He homesteaded the entire area around and including Giant Rock, with the additional acreage where the Integratron now stands. The area was quite thinly populated with only a few residents at that time.
Frank Critzer, a German immigrant, took an interest in the area in the early 1930s and staked a mining claim in the Giant Rock area.
At some point, the Reche family left and the area came under the control of the federal government. Critzer continued living on the claim, building a small living area underneath Giant Rock, taking advantage of natural heating and cooling insulation. He attached a radio antenna to the top of the rock to get better radio reception. Frank was a cantankerous old guy, and most people avoided him.
George Van Tassel Meets Frank Critzer
At some time in the 1930s, Critzer’s car broke down in Santa Monica, California. As fate would have it, the young George Van Tassel was working at his uncle’s shop as an auto mechanic. George’s uncles fixed Critzer’s car for free and got Critzer back on the road to Giant Rock. Critzer said that he would give them a stake in his mining claim for their kindness. Two years later, Critzer wrote George and invited to come to the area. George did visit but returned to Santa Monica.
WWII and the End of Frank Critzer
Suddenly the world was embroiled in WWII. Local folks became concerned that Critzer was a German spy. After all, he did have a lot of radio equipment! To make a long story short, the FBI did come to investigate after numerous complaints from the locals. Critzer barricaded himself in the underground bunker and when the shooting started, ended up blowing himself up with all the dynamite he stored down there from his mining operation. Or not. Conspiracy theories abound here. In any event, there was a huge fire and Frank Critzer was pronounced dead in 1942. Critzer’s underground home was burned and closed. End of Story.
Read more in our next installment of “Giant Rock, Harbinger of Hope for the 21st Century, Part 2.”
The Kingman UFO Crash (May, 1953) has been largely discounted by the UFO community and UFO researchers as a hoax. New to the Kingman, Arizona area in the early 1990s, I heard the story and was intrigued, spending many a noon hour searching for the crash site but not having any success. I searched even into the late 1990s. Local legend had it that the event happened off of Stockton Hill Road, north of town. Finally I had a break by looking at a USGS map close to Stockton Hill Road. There was the clue staring at my face in plain sight!
I am not going to give the clue as it is so obvious and also, the crash site is on private land. Nonetheless, searching again with the clue in hand, still did not net me the desired results. I read more and more about the crash from various sources including the Wanderling posts which I find very believable. http://the-wanderling.com/kingman_ufo.html. My local sources also indicated Native American involvement in some aspects of the crash and retrieval as did The Wanderling.
During my own wanderings, I noticed a striking vein of white onyx along Stockton Hill Road and it occurred to me that the aliens might have been searching for boron and thought the onyx was boron! Just a wild theory maybe but it’s my theory. There has been speculation online that the UFOs are searching for boron. Finally I had to get my husband involved in the search and we did find the site one Sunday afternoon in the early 2000s. The area is wiped clean of desert vegetation in an area about 500′ x 500′ (or larger – I am going strictly by memory now) and there is a former cattle tank which has been dug out and a former dam (now destroyed). There would be no need to clear the entire area of vegetation in my opinion simply to dig out a small water pond for cattle! The crash site also nestles up to a small hill where, when reading about the crash, it is stated the craft flew into the side of a small hill. It is also right next to a large valley which heads all the way to Red Lake (movie location for Mars Attack!) north of Kingman. The valley would be a perfect fly way for UFOs and other small craft.
Also, on one of the hills immediately adjacent to the crash site appears to be a small outcropping of white onyx, again were the aliens searching for boron?
This is on private land so I do not feel comfortable giving the coordinates but it is easy to find if you look for Stockton Hill Road on the USGS maps and just stare at the map awhile. You could also probably find the cleared area on Google Earth. At the time we were at the site, there was not a fence up and there was also a dirt area where people had been driving to the site from the main road so I don’t think we were the only people to discover this unusual site.
Let me know what you think! Am I full of it or am I on to something?
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