Giant Rock – Harbinger of Hope for the 21st Century, Part 1

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.

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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.”

I Saw Mothman

I saw Mothman.
I saw Mothman

The Thanksgiving that I saw Mothman

There are two Mothman anniversaries this year. The fifty year anniversary of the arrival of Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and the five year anniversary of the time I saw Mothman TWICE on the same Thanksgiving day in Phoenix, Arizona back in 2011.

The Point Pleasant Mothman

Point Pleasant, West Virginia forever changed 50 years ago with the arrival of the infamous Mothman, that half moth, half man cryptoid creature of book and movie fame.

On November 12, 1966, grave diggers in Clendenin, West Virginia were shocked to see a winged man-like creature suddenly appear and rise out  of a nearby thicket of trees and fly away.

Three days later, two couples cruising around tow and the surrounding area noticed two red lights out by the old TNT factory. They were shocked to realize that the two lights were not that of a vehicle of some sort but that of a large animal or creature.  The two couples all described it as having wings folded against its back and six or seven feet tall. Speeding off, the winged creature followed their car until they got back into town. The four went to the sheriff’s office and told their incredible story. Well known to the sheriff as responsible adults, he realized how scared they were and considered it a credible story.

After that, there were several sightings over a period of a year, culminating in the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant in December 1967 and the deaths of many people on the bridge at that time.

Interestingly enough, this is one of the earliest reports of the Men in Black (MIB). MIB began appearing in the town and questioning the people who saw the Mothman during 1966-1967.

After the bridge collapsed, Mothman was no longer reported as being seen. Many believe that Mothman was trying to warn townspeople of the disaster. Others think Mothman caused the disaster.

Whatever you think happened, Point Pleasant has made lemonade out of a lemon. This is the 15th year for the annual Mothman Festival, which has grown in size every year. This year’s attendance was expected to reach 9,000 people. If you go next year, just be aware that .fFinding parking is always a problem as is finding a hotel room so book early.

The town has added attractions to their lineup every year. In addition, people in cosplay are welcomed with open arms with people coming as MIB, Ghostbusters, Bigfoot, and supernatural superheroes including Captain America.

There are speakers on a variety of topics, Mothman hayrides, TNT bus tours, merchandise, street vendors, great food, musical bands, tours, and carriage rides.

Other attractions of note are the Mothman statue, the World’s Only Mothman Museum, the river museum, the U.S. Navy Poster Museum in the area.

My Phoenix Mothman

My interest in Mothman started, well, it always started way back when honestly – long before I ever really and truly saw Mothman. My parents lived in West Virginia in the 1980s and I often went to visit and was struck by the legend of Mothman. So creepy! So bizarre! Of course, I had to read the book.

Who knows what people really saw? I felt like it was a coincidence about the bridge collapse but the Men in Black coming into town was really quite strange in my opinion.

Fast forward to 2011, five years ago and forty years later. It was Thanksgiving day. My husband was driving from Scottsdale, Arizona over to west Phoenix on the 202, passing Papago Park out by the zoo. Papago Park has these small pinnacles, mountains, rock outcrops, whatever you want to call them. People often rappel and climb on them. I looked over and saw this – what appeared to be anyway – a winged creature climbing up the mountain. There appeared to be no ropes. My first thought was that it was a soldier from the nearby Army Reserve Center who was wearing an oversized backpack but the person appeared to have no ropes and was making remarkable time. I then realized it was huge, much larger than a man, at least seven feet tall or more.

Remember, it was dusk, not quite dark. I blinked and we continued down the highway.

I saw in utter silence, not believing what I had seen. In fact, I did not believe it and did not say anything to my husband. I just said to myself that my eyes were playing tricks on me.

As we got into Phoenix, there was a overpass over the highway – one of those caged in things on the side. It may have even just been a sideway and not a street. But at the entry to the caged area, was a large, tall bird-like – stork-like- man creature with his “wings” folded against his back, just standing there looking out. I have attempted to describe what I saw with a drawing.

He was tall, very tall. At least a good seven feet tall if not a great deal more.

At this point, I did mention it to my husband who assumed I was just seeing things as it was even darker by this point, but not night yet. I explained about the creature crawling up the pinnacle at Papago Park. He listened politely, but what can you say to someone claiming to see such a thing?

That was the last time I saw Mothman. And no calamity or disaster befell me but I love the story of Mothman and hope to be able to get to the festival one of these years.

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Kingman UFO Crash – Fact or Fiction?

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?

Broken dam and tank. Tank is partially filled in.
Broken dam and tank. Tank is partially filled in.
Closeup of Broken Dam
Broken dam shows some vegetation growing back in the area
Cattle Tank at site of UFO crash
Cattle Tank at site of UFO crash
Cleared out area leading up to dam and tank
Small hill probable site of UFO crash
Huge cleared out area
Cleared out area going up to dam and tank.
Onyx bearing hill
Hill opposite dam and tank where I saw the vein of onyx
Look at all the vegetation
Weird grouping close to site. See the amount of vegetation.
Vegetation in neighboring properties
Typical vegetation for the site – plants every 3 feet
White Onyx
Onyx vein off of Stockton Hill Road. This is not the onyx vein on the small hill
Area around Red Lake - very flat flyway
Red Lake

Giants in Arizona?

By Athanasius Kircher - Mundus subterraneus, Public Domain, https://commons.wikime
By Athanasius Kircher – Mundus subterraneus, Public Domain, https://commons.wikime

This story is from the book Mysterious Archaeological Sites (available on Amazon.com) by George Mitrovic and takes place in Santa Cruz County, Arizona in 1891:

Workers were excavating a basement for a commercial building and surprisingly, enough dug up a clay coffin. In it were the remains of a nine foot tall human with six toes on each foot.

The coffin was clay and buried eight feet deep. There was a granite case inside of the coffin with carvings depicting a man with six toes, and wearing a bird shaped head gear.

Giants in California

This story is from the book Mysterious Archaeological Sites (available on Amazon.com) by George Mitrovic and takes place in Inyo County, California:

Near Death Valley: The Cowden Brothers in 1898 discovered the skeletal remains of a giant female (7.5 feet tall) at least 100,000 years old. Remains of camels and elephant-like creatures were also found.

In 1931 mummies were discovered by Dr. F. Bruce Russell. The men were eight to nine feet tall. These mummies were found in caverns. Hieroglyphics were found carved onto polished granite in another cavern which appeared to be some sort of ceremony room. This was in an area of Death Valley.

Local Indians believe that the area around and within Death Valley should be avoided at all costs and it is a place of the ghosts of the dead.

There are dozens if not hundred of stories about subterranean caverns which go for miles under Death Valley. There are legends of rooms filled with gold and treasure within the rooms of these caverns.

California Giants with Too Many Teeth eat Pygmy Mammoths

This story is from the book Mysterious Archaeological Sites (available on Amazon.com) by George Mitrovic and takes place on Santa Catalina Island in Los Angeles County, California:

It appears that humans of gargantuan size with double rows of teeth ate dwarf mammoths on Santa Catalina Island in Los Angeles County. The dwarf mammoth has been extinct since at least 9000 BC.