Sedona/Verde Valley D.U.M.B.s
Deep Underground Mining Bases found under the Verde Valley.
Underground military bases are an integral part of the U.S. military defense. For decades rumors have swirled around the small Verde Valley communities that an underground base exists somewhere in the mountains nearby since Area 51 can’t be our government’s only top secret base. While there is no hard evidence of the existence of any kind of facility, there are certainly enough stories along with oddly related phenomena in the region to warrant further study.
After researching the subject first hand if such a base does exist, it is completely hidden underground far from view. There are no outposts, guard towers, fences or other outward signs in the region visible at all. It’s possible there may be an entrance to a D.U.M.B. (Deep Underground Military Base) which must be highly camouflaged since no physical evidence has ever been found that we know of. However, within a specific geographic region of about 7 square miles, in the Secret Mountain Wilderness, reports of “paranormal strangeness” have occurred over the decades. Much of the reported activity appears to have taken place in the vicinity of the Bradshaw Ranch and Enchantment Resort.
Over the years there have been more than a few locals who have testified repeatedly that they were forbidden to enter certain remote sections of the area and have described being turned back at gunpoint by men in military fatigues stating they had orders to “shoot to kill” anyone who crossed onto private government territory. One person reported:
"I used to think that the stories of the government guarding this property were bunk, more Sedona woo-woo if you will, but while interviewing a good friend of mine for this article she confirmed that they were very real indeed. She states that in 1997 she had been riding out in the Bradshaw Ranch area before she knew anything about Bradshaw Ranch when she was stopped by two uniformed men armed with automatic rifles. They told her she couldn’t go any further and to turn around. She didn’t see any fences at that time but wasn’t about to argue with two armed guys in the desert."
Another person reported:
“One of my investigators hiked to Secret Canyon late one night and was stopped by a voice on a loudspeaker and a laser-targeting light on his chest. He was told he had entered a restricted area and to turn around and leave.”
It does seem a little odd only a few out of 1000’s of hikers in Secret Mountain Wilderness have reported having been run out of the area. If someone pulls a gun on you no doubt you get out of the area, but more importantly, you make a report of the incident or at least attempt to get help. Other people, on the other hand, have apparently reported other strange things making someone want to believe in the legends by stating:
“A native American who lives not far from Enchantment Resort reported in early 2009 that that she observed fleets of military 8 wheeler trucks backing up to the door of an abandoned cabin on a remote piece of land near the resort. She watched with binoculars as men in military fatigues unloaded these trucks day and night for three days, disappearing into the cabin, and later emerging for another load. She figured out quickly that the cabin was obviously sitting atop the location of some sort of underground tunnels or shaft.”
Then one would think the Federal Government’s purchase of Bradshaw Ranch would mean the land would be opened to the public as is most all other federal lands in the United States (with the exception of military, and sensitive sites) but no. It is this strange behavior on the part of the US government which has spurred the multitudes of speculation and conspiracy theories over the years. However, Congress does not normally purchase ranches plus there are thousands of archaeological sites in Arizona which the Government/Forest service doesn’t protect on a daily basis. Nevertheless; when a person takes into account the unusually high UFO activity and electromagnetic vortex phenomena in the region its no wonder why some conspiracy theorists have associated these unusual clandestine activities with an underground base where it has even been rumored members of an alien race work with their human or part-human puppets. One person reported:
“Sedona - Famous for it’s massive vortexes, is claimed to be an ancient colony of the Lemurians. According to Commander X, there are reports of a joint-operational underground city and facility under the Enchantment Resort in Boyton Canyon, where clone-like men in black have been seen, along with unusual electromagnetic vortex phenomena.”
This wonderful place is famous for its vortex sites and it has long been known as the location of an inter-dimensional portal. According to local folklore, there are tunnels leading from Sedona to another space-time dimension. Although the idea that there are secret possibly military/alien bases in or near the fortuitously christened Secret Mountain area is labeled a conspiracy theory, it is not without some anecdotal evidence. Many people have reportedly “personally witnessed black helicopters flying in formation regularly” as well as other activity leading some to believe there is a military presence somewhere in the region. Some have theorized there are ‘portals’ above, under, or around, Sedona that can be used to jump between space/time which the military, “may be attempting to control.”
There are some people who believe an area close by in Boyton Canyon where air is mysteriously found coming through a blowhole could possibly serve as an air vent for an underground Alien or Military Base in Sedona.
Prehistoric Native Americans were the first miners, most likely seeking colored rocks. Then settlers produced financiers who brought billions of dollars in copper, gold, and silver from its depths. The mines of Jerome, Arizona over the years become long and deep. Workings throughout the property of just one mine, United Verde Mine, totaled 81 miles of underground workings. For whatever reason, some of the tailings from the mines of Jerome were transported 8 miles to Cottonwood, Arizona where they were dumped and have remained until recently where a cleanup and removal process has begun recycling the old smelting tailings into roofing, abrasives, and asphalt material.
Another part of Jerome’s mining history is the Josephine Tunnel. This now-abandoned tunnel entrance was once part of a 2.5-mile underground passageway that allowed for the transport of mining materials underground to Clarkdale, Arizona’s western border. The tunnel is now locked and welded shut. It was reported in a local newspaper:
“How the workmen broke through the last barrier between the 'portal' and the mine and completed the new 12,000 foot haulage tunnel for the United Verde Extension, was described by D. J. O’Rourke, who, with J. D. Campbell, a member of the firm, was in Prescott yesterday. The actual break through occurred last Thursday.”
To deliver mining ore from Jerome, James Douglas built the Arizona-Extension Railway. The western branch ran between what was once called the town of “Verde” and the eastern portal of the 2.5-mile Josephine Tunnel. One has to wonder why a company would want to go through all the trouble of digging and constructing miles upon miles of underground tunnels to transport material when it seems transporting above ground would have been more safer as well as efficient. Today the concrete portal entrance now sits locked up prohibiting entry to the public. Who knows what could be lurking in the depths of this abandoned part of history left untouched for almost a century.
“The original contract required the completion of the tunnel in October, 1918, but many unforeseen difficulties hampered and delayed the work. However, despite such difficulties as heavy flows of water, soft and running ground etc., consistent progress was made, so that the breaking through was delayed but five months. When it is considered that the flow of water at the 'portal' at the onset reached 2,000 gallons per minute and the pumping plant at the Texas shaft was constantly added to, until a final capacity of more than 500 gallons a minute was pumped from that point, the progress was very satisfactory. Very little water was encountered in the mine end, but other conditions made progress at this point a slow and laborious proposition.”
The most vertical ghost town in the United States (Jerome) looks down upon the Pheonix cement factory where people report seeing very few trucks leaving an area restricted to the general public. This plant is the highest manmade structure in the Verde Valley, some surmise is the entrance to an underground base which expands clear underneath into the Sedona area and beyond.
Local paranormal researcher and author Tom Dongo expanded on this idea in seminars as well as other possible connections in his book “Mysterious Sedona” in one of the more interesting chapters, called “The Alien Tunnel System.” Dongo admitted early in the chapter he was hesitant when it came to writing about alleged secret tunnels inhabited by alien beings who are working with the U.S. government. Nevertheless; Dongo believed this is a deep tunnel system that probably starts at (or is connected to) the Navajo Army Depot near Flagstaff, Arizona 30 miles northwest of Sedona. The tunnel system somehow connects to Clarkdale then continues to go deeper into the over 80 miles of Jerome’s depths.
In the 1870’s, when settlers began to arrive in Cottonwood to primarily ranch and cattle land the area became a prime spot for prohibition in Arizona, which began in 1915. During a time when having an alcoholic drink was illegal bootlegging tunnels connected businesses underground in Cottonwood, Arizona to hide their stock from police raids. Many stores, restaurants, auto dealers, pool halls, etc., were fronts to backroom gambling houses known locally for dispensing illicit brewed whiskey said to be the best in the state of Arizona. In-fact throughout Old Town Cottonwood were tunnels said to span for blocks underground. Soon the desert region gained a certain reputation for lawlessness and for its alcohol production remarkably attracting gangsters like Al Capone as well as other bandits and criminals. A sheriff soon thereafter was commissioned to take out the illegal bootlegging businesses and tunnels. No one really knows how extensive the underground passages were or how far they went. Today those tunnels have been sealed off, but some businesses and homes still have signs of the bootleggers network.
The beauty of the red rocks of Sedona bring throngs of tourists to the region each year. The small city has roughly ten thousand residents and remarkably attracts more than four million tourists annually. The rest of the people flocking to this region of Arizona are coming to the desert for a far less tranquil reason. Paranormal phenomena. The history of humanity is laced with stories about secret underground facilities going back to the beginning highlighted with catacombs of cities and caves that lead to underground chambers.
Through a little research, it turns out there really is a few entrances to D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground “Mining” Bases) in the region found in history. The fact there is plenty of recorded evidence outlining a massive network of tunnels found throughout the region clearly indicates there are some depths to all the rumors. Finding mention of a portal location hidden deep inside a 2.5-mile long mine where the public can’t go is mysterious. Of course, Jerome's mining portals clearly are not the same as Sedona’s interdimensional.
Going a little deeper and back even further in time groundwater is said to be the cause of Devils Kitchen Sinkhole on Soldier’s Pass leading to the Seven Sacred Pools just outside of Sedona. Clearly, this expanding cavity is evidence of a large and deep underground cavern carved out by something. Each collapse event of the 225 feet in diameter by 100 feet deep sinkhole reveals it was formed by a series of catastrophic geological events causing the hole to continue to grow over time. The AZ Geological Survey considers the area unstable and hazardous. This site is evidence the Sedona/Verde Valley region has massive underground caves and tunnels. Take into account the mysterious depths of Montezuma Well and it becomes clear there are passageways going underground.
The fact there are massive underground tunnels going from one small town to the next is indeed worthy of notice perhaps giving rise and credit to some of the rumors and legends.
 United Verde Mine (The Big Hole; Big Hole property; Hull Mine; Hopewell tunnel; Patented claim 3480; Patented claim 2812; Patented claims 3348), Jerome, Verde District, Black Hills (Black Hill Range),Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA
NOTE: This information has been taken from a chapter in the book The Verde Valley Vortex.
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