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Thursday, February 29, 2024

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Figures in above photo lightly digitally enhanced

Above photo digitally cleaned up due to heavy calcite growth

Atlantis, the City of Enoch?


The following is a hypothesis I have pondered for many years and I suppose is part of the reason for my fascination regarding the unknown…  

Many of you have read my articles regarding Lake Copola, Aztlan, Afflon, Havilah and Atlantis and my belief that that these place names may very well be the same location differing only in time frames and names given by various cultures of the past. 

But lets talk about Atlantis, I suppose I have read or at least gleaned through the many books and articles regarding Atlantis. Did it really exist? I understand why so many take the fence on this seeming controversial subject due to the profound subjective conclusions and conjecture that has been uttered by nearly all writers regarding the subject, even Diodorus, Plato and possibly even Homer, are guilty to a degree with Plato likely being the first to over embellish or mistranslate. With every writer after and to even today, glorifications are added, all basing their writings on pure imagination building upon regurgitation consumed from that which had previously been regurgitated countless times throughout history. 

Plato was born in 427 BC yet he was writing about something that supposedly occurred in 9000 BC? 3000 years before the earth even existed, one of my first red flags… I suspect Homer was merely writing what he had read from the Imperial Libraries of the day, a description of a very early event which could only have been preserved through Noah and his 3 sons. Ham the son of Noah took to wife, Egyptus of which a daughter was born and named after her mother, This daughter is credited as discovering the land of Egypt, (between 2700 BC and 2400 BC) but at the time, it was under water… Knowledge of this early event previously mentioned, undoubtedly made its way to   the library of Alexandria as early as 2500 (according to academics) except that can’t be as the ancient city of what is now called Egypt was likely unknown and again under water until at least 2400 BC in the days of Peleg when the earth “divided”.  It is said that the earliest archive written materials came from the ancient Sumerian city state of Uruk around 3400 BC and I suppose this could be possible, but we would have to ask Noah.


Although the name Atlan-tis has its literary similarities to that of Aztlan, Affalon and Havilah and even historic descriptions, is it possible that the name denotes an area much larger than say, the Uinta Basin, my second suspect location of Atlantis? I suppose, but I suspect even though the similarities are described as very much the same, is it possible that this place in which Plato names Atlantis likely due to its close location to Havilah, did not “sink” into the ocean as Homer and the boys said? Is it possible that the city was “Taken Up” or remove from the earth as is told of the story of the city of Enoch in the pages of the book of Genesis and in the 7th chapter of the book of Moses of the Pearl of Great Price. Are the texts in which Homer, Plato and likely Diodorus read from, actually the story of the righteous city of Enoch rather than a city in which the people were far advanced and wicked? If true which I suspect so for many reasons, this event would have taken place in about 3400 BC, 700 years before the Great deluge. 

A poor perspective but you get the idea....

It is said that because of the righteousness of the people of Enoch, they could no longer remain as a part of the corruption of the world around them and therefore “taken up” and is said that it will returned to its previous location at a time after the redemption, cleansing and beginning of the millennium and to take its place aside the New city, the New Jerusalem in which is Zion. 

I am reminded of a little not so well known record among the Mormons, my reasons for giving such credibility to this record are many but in a nut shell, it is because I proved the man… to myself. The Founder and said to be first prophet of the newly established church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1828, Joseph Smith was quoted from (Robert W. Smith, Scriptural and Secular Prophecies Pertaining to the Last Days, SLC, UT, Pyramid Press, 1948)…

“…and Grandfather [Benjamin Brown] asked questions; "Brother Joseph, where was the city of Enoch located?" And the Prophet answered, " Where the Gulf of Mexico now exists." And he said the time will come when the mariner will says, there is not a bottom to the Gulf of Mexico, and he said when the great piece of land was taken from the earth, it created a vacuum, and to the extent that it started water coming in to fill up that great space that is now known as the Gulf Stream.” 

I can’t ask you to take my word for it, but interestingly enough, not many years ago I had read or was watching a documentary and within it mentioned that many have reported that somewhere out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico is a five square mile area of fresh water and they have no idea why it is there or where it comes from… my guess would be it comes from the bowels of the earth having its origins in the north, it is the literal cause of the Gulf Stream. 

Many years ago I read from what I remember as “Mrs. Browns Diary” where in she asked Joseph Smith where the city of Enoch was today (Prior to 1842) he responded and pointed into the northern night sky, and pointing to the North Star” said, do you see that little twinkler to the right (Or Left) of the north star? Yes, she responded, and he said no more… 

What if this were true… did the whole idea and story of Atlantis derive from very old documents/writings and were misconstrued or mistranslated by Homer, Plato and others due to the documents were very old and damaged and difficult to translate? Perhaps in such bad condition conjecture crept in… I guess we won’t know until the time of the beginning of the millennium… Or if you happen to see Noah, ask him…

Friday, February 23, 2024


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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Roman Terrace Mining in the Uinta Mountains


The following topic is going to be a difficult subject, not because it is difficult to write about but because it is difficult to visualize using image examples from Google Earth, the only real way to show the details of this potential Terrace Mining is by aerial recon using a drone. 

There will be the critics who in their own genius will argue that many of these sites are not what we are suggesting and without offering anything of supportive value still insisting that they are from natural causes due to glaciation melt, and I am not going to argue with them, because I ADMIT it is always possible they are natural formations, but I will never admit it is due to glaciations as a result of some past ice age which is an utter fallacy.

Double Terrace in N Fork, appears in the Reinaldo map of  1851 and the Arolla Map of  1877 near the mine of Des Damian

Slide? mine dump? Or both?


There are several mining techniques use ever since the beginning of time many of which I am unfamiliar, what I want to discuss today is what I have come to understand is referred to as strip mining or more specifically, terrace mining.

When we hear about mining in the Uinta Mountains we always envision the Spanish digging tunnels to what seems at times, no end… but what of the many other cultures who have visited this land, whether it be King Hyrum, the people of the Queen of Sheba from India, how about the first Americans of which the Altai Mongolian have derived not to mention almost every Native American tribe on this continent, locals call them Jaredites, how about the Chinese, their descendants, the Hebrew from Jerusalem, the Greek, Romans, Welsh, Portuguese and others… what mining techniques did they use and why? 

Of all that I feel I have unraveled of this continent thought to be true and plausible history and especially in this place we call the Uinta Basin and or Uinta Mountains… is the evidence of previous occupation and the scares left behind as a result of mining and quite possibly since the days of King Hyrum. But why the Uinta Mountains? I have made no bones about my thoughts on this area and why I believe it was and still is a highly desired target of those seeking to control or overthrow this land. The evidence is obvious in that many cultures tried and will try again to overthrow this land but with a focus just like the Spanish, Welsh, French and other in trying to find this place which has been known by names such as Ophir, Havilah, Atlan-tis, Aztlan and Afflon or Affalon, all of which I believe was in the beginning, the very home of our first parents before being expelled. Those of you, who have read the former articles, understand that this is an idea that was not just pulled from my back side, the evidences are many. 

Regardless of who was here in the past the scars left behind tells us that someone other than the Spanish heavily worked the Uinta Mountains, but even with all they have mined which is extensive, it wasn’t a drop in the bucket. In the book of Genesis, it is said that the land of Havilah, is “Full” of gold, and I think the use of this word is appropriate and fitting even today. Yes the Spanish dug many mine tunnels, I have seen many of them, found those which were only known upon the maps of which we were uncertain when receiving them, but all that is behind us now and the truth is known, more proof will soon come, but of all that I have imagined and discovered I never thought I would find the scars of those who came long before the Spanish, and yet it is there, obvious and abundant but I admit… unproven.


Just a  few suspect locations throughout the Uintas,

Notice the lack of sites on the North flank.


The only way I can think to share the image of these terraces is by drone footage and let you go see for your self on Google Earth by rotating your screen in order to get perspective… so… I forget where my drone is... so here is where you want to look to see a small portion of the potential ancient Strip Mines/Terrace mines throughout the Uintas… The first place you want to see, a good example of strip/terrace mining and is easy to get to, is the Current Creek Red Ledges, although it is in an entirely different formation as to what you will find in the Uintas proper… it is the same concept of mining.

 Another site I have alluded to some time ago in a previous article is located due east of Brown Duck inlet at Moon Lake and of course above Moon Lake on the east side at 9,150 feet. It isn’t that hard to see even though a large portion of it has now been reclaimed with new growth, it takes hundred and hundreds of years for these scars to be reclaimed. This scar or ancient mining terrace continues 3 miles to the North slowly increasing in elevation as you go North, then about a mile further up it begins again and runs another 4 ½  miles or so further north.

On the west side of the lake at the North end at an elevation of about 9000 feet again you will find the scars of Terrace mining with spotty locations further North. Are there tunnels also at these locations? In some cases the maps indicate that at some of the sites, a mine tunnel might be present. 

Lets see how your Google Earth skills are. I’m telling you this that you can experience the perspective that is not possible with 2 dimensional photos. The worst part about this is, it must remain as theory until proven, and I think I have a handle on that and hope to be able to prove it in upcoming years.