33. Haunted Lakes in the Desert

In this episode, Matt returns to the Mojave Desert to tell the stories of two bodies of water said to play host to the supernatural. One lake is said to be the final resting place of a murderer and his victims, and the other is said to be the site of a showdown between the toughest immigrant ever to arrive in California and a literal Demon from hell…but don’t worry, the tough guy wins. Note: In the episode, Matt mentions two 1886 articles from the Los Angeles Times, this is in error – one is from the Los Angeles Times, the other from the Los Angeles Herald.  

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

The transcript for this episode can be found here.

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Show Notes and Sources

Shadowlands    http://theshadowlands.net/places/california2.htm

AV Haunts Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/AVHaunts/posts/the-bottomless-lake-lake-una-palmdale-caif-you-are-driving-down-sierra-hwy-to-ta/10157632908194097/

Basques in California (Miguel Leonis): https://basquesincalifornia.eus/second-period-1849-1960/pioneers/miguel-leonis/

Epiritu (Leonis’s wife): https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p15150coll2/id/8172

Personal Creations   https://www.personalcreations.com/blog/10-haunted-cities-america

Hauntedplaces.org     https://www.hauntedplaces.org/item/elizabeth-lake/

Weird California      http://www.weirdca.com/location.php?location=37

LA Almanac    http://www.laalmanac.com/mysterious/my06a.php

Reddit Urban Legends     https://www.reddit.com/r/UrbanLegends/comments/3bm6eg/the_bottomless_lake_palmdale_ca/

SCVhistory.com:  https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/tlp_lat080186.htm

Wikipedia Entry for Una Lake    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Una_Lake_(California)

Wikipedia Entry for Elizabeth Lake    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Lake_(Los_Angeles_County,_California)

Bean, Lowell John and Charles R. Smith. 1978. Serrano, in Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8: California (Robert F. Heizer, Editor). Pages 570-574. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Blackburn, Thomas C and Lowell John Bean. 1978. Serrano, in Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8: California (Robert F. Heizer, Editor). Pages 564-569. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

King, Chester and Thomas C. Blackburn. 1978. Tataviam, in Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8: California (Robert F. Heizer, Editor). Pages 535-537. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Kroeber, Alfred L. 1976. Handbook of the Indians of California (reprint of 1925 work). Dover Publications, Inc. New York, NY. 

Los Angeles Herald, 1886. “Water Dragons in Los Angeles. They Are Killing All Large Fish in the Reservoirs.” September 10, 1886

Los Angeles Times, 1886. “A Holy Terror. The Fiery Dragon of Elizabeth Lake.”Sunday, August 1, 1886.


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