Legends of Secret Cabin
Hancock Ranch Revelations
Tucked away in Loy Butte west of Lost Mountain and northeast of Robbers Roost along the Mogollon Rim above Sedona, Arizona in the Secret Mountain wilderness is a mysterious place referred to by locals as Secret Cabin. There is a trail leading to the cabin which skirts the fence line of the Hancock Ranch said to be used by the Samuel Loy family in the 1880s to move their cattle from the Rim to the Verde Valley. According to legend, the cabin was built sometime in the late 1800s becoming a failed homestead but later is said to have become inhabited by a wide range of characters over the years from black magicians to horse thieves to even a family of LDS polygamous escaping persecution.
On September 3, 1933, Mary Dorthulia Farley Hancock and her husband purchased what would become known as the Hancock Ranch near the Honaki Ruins between Sedona and Cottonwood. Her husband Joe was a cattle rancher who was well known for their vineyards and fruit trees, the produce of which was sold throughout the Verde Valley. Mary would live at the ranch until her passing in 2005.
The Land Preservation Task Force
The Land Preservation Task Force founded in 1996 decided they needed outside help to acquire some of the unique and significant lands in the Sedona area to donate to the US Forest Service. Through various, some say where underhanded means using such excuses as eminent domain referring to the power of the government to take private property and convert it into public use the group acquired the following:
Thompson Original Homestead of 15.5 acres in Munds Canyon, a side canyon to Oak Creek Canyon and source of one of the main springs feeding Oak Creek. Acquired 8/98 for $1.1 million.
Cleeves Property, a parcel of approximately 110 acres at the end of the road just past Honanki Ruin in the Red Cliffs area of Yavapai County, 18 miles northwest of Sedona. Acquired 3/99 for $2.3 million.
Woo Ranch, a 160-acre parcel in the Red Cliffs area, adjacent to Palatki Ruin about 10 miles northwest of Sedona. Acquired 8/00 for $6.9 million.
Smyrnis property, a 25-acre parcel adjacent to Cleeves Property northwest of Sedona. Aquired 8/00 for $.5 million.
Bradshaw Ranch, a 90-acre parcel in the area of Red Canyon northwest of Sedona. Acquired 4/01 for $3.5 million.
Hancock Ranch, an 88-acre ranch and the residence of area pioneer rancher Mary Hancock, before her death at age 96. Acquired 5/04 for $3.95 million.
Thomas Point, a rugged 25-acre parcel adjacent to Highway 89A in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Acquired 6/05 for $0.6 million.
These properties were reported transferred to Coconino National Forest to further protect the ecosystems of the Sedona/Oak Creek area, archaeological sites, scenic vistas and historic homesteads between 1998-2005.
The Hancock Ranch was one of the last large private parcels in Sedona’s Red Rock area to become taken over by the US government who somehow again got the estimated in value 90+ million ranch to be sold for under 3.95 million something also done to the Bradshaw Ranch which is ironically in the same region. It was clear someone wanted the land adjacent to the Honanki Heritage Site, one of the largest cliff dwellings in Coconino National Forest and the site of ancient petroglyph cave art, as well as more.
“The value comes with preserving the character of the land and preventing it from future development,” said Judy Adams, who is with the Forest Service and who had involvement with the land purchase. “The Hancock Ranch was one of the high-priority lands we wanted to acquire.”[a] Funding for the project came from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund with the strong support of U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl and U.S. Rep. Bob Stump.
Newspapers and other sources reported the Hancock Ranch was turned over without a fight but this isn’t completely true. There were people close to the family who stated there was a lot of pressure from officials and locals to acquire the place just like there was at the Bradshaw Ranch.
“Rumor was at the time the pressure had its toll as well as what was happening at the ranch.”
The fact the US Government as well as other groups have purchased all the land up around the area should be a great indication something is worth all the effort. However, some claim all the land buy up is due to the impact human activities would have on forest lands especially in the Sedona region anticipating increased population and changes in tourism. However, the next player on stage with its cross pointing to the sky not far away may be pointing at something else altogether as to why all the interest in the region.
The Roman Catholic Church
The Vatican has shown all over the world where ever there have been esoteric places discovered with metaphysical phenomena they move in and take over to maintain a constant presence and control of where these doorways are found. Like the Verde Valley Vortex has been saying for many, many, many, years before this information is now coming out, the church has done the same thing in the Verde Valley at the Sedona Chapel where they used a Senator to force its way again at a strategic location. The church, whose influence is the 1000 points of light around the world today with a massive network would infiltrate particular groups who had connections with supernatural beings to learn about their gods for various reasons. Later the government would then pass laws forbidding those people, Native Americans, from having communication and practicing their beliefs forcing them into Christianity. In time, a couple generations, those people would lose contact with those gods. We know the Yavapai were marched out of the area by force in The Yavapai-Apache Exodus of 1875 only to be allowed to return generations later something covered in The Camp Verde Historic Vortex. Their land, kivas, beliefs, and ways of communicating with their gods were ultimately taken away for generations.
“The question should be what is so special about the surrounding location to attract special interest groups and the US government but also the Vatican?”
This perhaps shows the rumored supernatural realms/doorways are not only real for why else force your way to these locations and control the people if not to have access and ultimately control of these gateways. Not only does it seem the truth has become totally classified over the years and hidden from the general population but it has been turned into a black ops project using the highest level of military, religious, and government officials from around the world.
We know from the Yavapai tribe they had contact with a what appears to be a Watcher on top of Mingus Mountain giving birth to the Yavapai people something outlined more in Yavapai: People of the Sun. Is this perhaps one of the true reasons why the church is here to learn about the powers and principalities who come and go on a regular basis as is clearly shown with all the Orb and other supernatural activity?
Mary Hancock and Bob Willard
One of the first places I went after arriving in Arizona was to visit the Hancock Ranch. Can still remember the beautiful but rough red rock terrain along with Mary’s and Bob Willard’s caretaker to the remote location who had explained somewhat about the rumors regarding the paranormal activity in the region. Upon arrival, I met with Bob at the Hancock Ranch who was not only able to verify the caretaker’s story of orbs, etc. but was able to verify much of the same activities the Bradshaws had experienced at the Bradshaw Ranch right next door to the place but added some more pieces of the puzzle to the mystery. According to Bob Willard, there was something supernatural which visited the area and was reportedly seen hanging around “Secret Cabin” where all kinds of reported activity had taken place over the years some including Mary Hancock actually thought was connected to “Hollywood.”
Like many other people I just took the information in stored it and went about being mystified by the overwhelming beauty of the location. I wouldn’t put all the pieces of the puzzle together or realize what I was being told and shown until years later after having started to have some of my own encounters with the local supernatural wildlife on more than a few levels. Sure wished I could talk to Bob Willard today with what I know now.
NBC did a story about movies made in Sedona, AZ in 1996. In the video, you hear Bob Bradshaw state something odd relating to it was the US Forest Service who bought up all the land through various means only to start “trading off the hills” ultimately to turn what was once called “Gods Land,” a place made for movies, into a booming housing development the area has become today full of tourist and tours. According to Bob Bradshaw, there was hardly a home in the region until the US Forest Service and Hollywood forced their way into the region.
There were many Hollywood movies filmed in the region over the years at the Bradshaw Ranch and also a few filmed at the Hancock Ranch. There was more than a few tales circulating according to the Hancocks that some of the Hollywood adventurers would get lost ending up visiting back in the day wearing strange costumes ranting strange tales. Some of these encounters along with other strange events like seeing strange lights and large dark hairy animals had Mary Hancock and Bob Willard very alarmed at times who were way too eager to relate the experiences with the hair on their arms standing up of Skinwalker/Bigfoot creatures who were said to of even tormented people while inside “Secret Cabin” and later somehow tearing it apart. The cabin itself wasn’t a secret but whatever was happening up at the place was known to all but the local tourists.
According to Bob Willard, there was a supernatural being who resided in the mountains even the local natives knew about stating:
“Native Americans believe there was a creature who lived in the area who tormented settlers who had somehow sinned against the people and land.”
The description of the creature and the location has to make one wonder if this wasn’t a place for the Mongolian Monster reportedly seen by many people over the years. The fact there were “Giant Skeletons” found close in the region as reported in the Prescott newspaper gives some substance to all the rumors. Does this possibly also connect to why people have been reportedly gone missing in the region as presented in Verde Valley Bigfoot: The Missing 411?
The similarities between the Bradshaw Ranch and the Hancock Ranch are startling. The fact special interest groups have firmly planted their flag in the region in just a short period of time should speak volumes to those who are looking and listening to the cues. It seems like someone came in mapped out the area deciding where the sacred places were and where they were not. It's odd a group of people were able to acquire so much land for the US Forest Service’s banner who then turned around and sold the land for high dollar afterward. All the smoke and mirror tactics perhaps offer a glimpse into the forces at work in the region. No doubt the amount of Supernatural activity in the area has been reportedly completely off the charts over the decades. The fact the US Government, Vatican, New Agers, Cult Leaders, Satanists, Hollywood, and other groups have all been attracted to, taken over strategic locations and set up some kind of homestead in the Verde Valley should be a sign of not only of what has been rumored to of happened in the past then covered up and hidden but of what is perhaps to come.
NOTE: This information has been taken from a chapter in the book theSedona/Verde Valley Vortex and or will be added on the next update.
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