Mount Shasta, a member of the Cascade Mountain Range and
is located in Siskiyou County, (Northern) California, USA,
near the Oregon border.
The origin of the name, "Shasta," is not known, but one
hypothesis suggests that it derives from the Russian word
"chistiy", meaning "pure".
"When I first caught sight of Mt. Shasta, over the
braided folds of the Sacramento Valley, I was fifty miles
away and afoot, alone and weary. Yet all my blood turned
to wine, and I have not been weary since." - John Muir,
Known as one of the seven sacred mountains on Earth, Mount
Shasta has a long history of myth, mysticism and strange
occurrences. These include the lost continents and people
of Lemuria and Atlantis, UFOs and extra-terrestrials,
secret doors to underground installations and even a
hollow Earth. There also have been many Bigfoot sightings
in the area.
Magical Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta is considered by many Native Americans to be
a living, sacred mountain. The lore of some of the
American Indians in the area held that Shasta is inhabited
by the spirit chief Skell, who descended from heaven to
the mountain's summit. Some Native Americans believe that
Mt. Shasta is a portal to other dimensions.
It is said that a group of Native Americans were massacred
near Mount Shasta and that may account for much of the
ghostly activity reported at this location.
In Robert A. Heinlein's short story "Lost Legacy",
benevolent rebels of ancient times stored the secret
history of humanity in Mt. Shasta.
Lemuria and Mount Shasta
In 1894, Frederick Spencer Oliver published A Dweller on
Two Planets, which claimed that survivors from a sunken
continent called Lemuria were living in or on Mount Shasta
in northern California. The Lemurians lived in a complex
of tunnels beneath the mountain and occasionally were seen
walking the surface dressed in white robes.
Some cults hold that races of sentient or spiritual beings
generally considered to be Lemurians, superior to humans,
live in or on Shasta, or visit the mountain.
Vin Smith's The Outrageous Views of Professor Fogelman links Lemurians to Ancient Egypt, UFOs and a method of
travel called vortex portals--essentially a pathway
to sacred places on Earth as well as points unknown in the
Geology and History
Mount Shasta is not connected to any nearby mountain; it
rises abruptly from miles of level ground which encircle
it, standing nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above the
surrounding area. During the past 4,500 years, the volcano
has erupted an average of every 600 years. The last
significant eruption on Shasta may have occurred 200 years
ago. The United States Geological Survey considers Shasta
a dormant volcano, which will erupt again. It is
impossible to pinpoint the date of next eruption, but it
likely will occur within the next several hundred years
The oldest known human habitation in the area dates to
about 7,000 years ago, and by about 5,000 years ago, there
was substantial human habitation in the surrounding area.
Beginning in the 1820s, Mount Shasta was a prominent
landmark along what became known as the Siskiyou Trail,
which runs at Mount Shasta's base. The Siskiyou Trail
(replaced by today's Interstate 5), was located on the
track of an ancient trade and travel route of Native
American footpaths between California's Central Valley and
the Pacific Northwest.