Definately not -- and there's a lot in the article that says "I'm just making this up to see if you're naive enough to believe it without
On a website entry (www.lapl.org...) dated March 29, 1996, Los Angeles' Central Library notes that, quite
appropriate to the later library setting, the Lizard People owned golden tablets which delineated the story of the world since its beginning, the
Lizard People's history, and even the origin of humanity.
The library web page (you have to go to www.archive.org to get it) clearly states it's an urban legend. Fiction.
There are 270 tunnels beneath Los Angeles, arranged in a network. Since they have, for the most part, been sealed up with fences, they are no
longer used for street-crossings.
True, along with other tunnels. Many cities have a lot of tunnels that carry sewage, rainwater drainage, gas and electric services, etc, etc. Most
people don't think about them, but they're there... built by ordinary humans.
Hopi Indian legend reports a sub-surface maze existing almost 5,000 years ago.
This is where it gets completey bogus.
Hopis never lived in that area. That was the home of the Chumash, the Luisenos, the Paiute, and other California tribes. The Hopi as a tribe are
only around 500 years old -- before that, they were members of the Anasazi tribe:
G. Warren Shufelt, a mining engineer, went in search of it during 1934. That year, using a dowsing rod he called a "radio X-ray," he claimed
to have secretly discovered caves beneath downtown L.A.
Dowsing has a very "iffy" success rate (as demonstrated numerous times in JREF challenges, where the dowser sets up the experiment and fails at his
or her own experiment at a very high rate):
We know that he certainly felt he found a cave, but we don't know that it really is there. He could have gotten a series of bad readings or someone
could have made up the story.
He claimed to have consulted Little Chief Greenleaf, a Hopi leader
...not a Hopi name, actually.
... and was told about the Lizard People, who lived circa 3,000 B.C.
Bogus. No such legend among the tribes who actually live in this area (you wouldn't know that, but I study a lot of legends.)
Before the destruction of their culture by meteors or a fire,
Events that "conveniently" left no trace. And how does a fire (that you can see coming and get away from) or meteors destroy a whole culture whose
people live over a very large area?
No. That's bogus.
The Lizard people reportedly made the caves housing thousands by using chemicals to melt bedrock...
Which, miraculously, weren't discovered when the earth broke apart in any of many huge Los Angeles earthquakes.
This is another clue that it's bogus, because even the most stable structure woud have been uncovered in some part or would have fallen in (you
can't ignore a huge cave-in that swallows up half your city) from the effects of the earthquake.
Paul Apodaca, of Chapman University, said that Shufelt's account of Hopi history was "exaggerated and corrupted."
No kidding. And he's kind of being nice about Shufelt's version.
Shufelt is contradicted by the REAL Hopi, themselves.
(Hopis did have a social division called the lizard clan, however.)
...and the Water Coyotes and other such clans. They took their names by sacred and socially significant ways that have nothing to do with aliens and
undeground cities. Lizard is a deity in many AmerInd cultrues of the west (and the Chumash have some charming legends about Lizard) but it is very
clearly not extraterrestrial and doesn't refer to a race.
As the original website says, it's a fun "wild tale" that was started by Shufelt himself. The information is completely bogus, although it is a
lot of fun to read.