Tuesday, April 17, 2012

19th century space alien cover-up?

Scott pointed out a strange article on AM 740 KTRH News Radio's website this afternoon.  

On April 17, 1897, an inexplicable event occurred outside the city of Aurora, TX.  Some sort of unidentified flying object across the sky, crash-landing in a ranch.  An alien pilot was found and subsequently buried in a local cemetery.  His airship was also disposed of, and the incident was hushed up by local authorities.

Or so the stories go.

According to the article "Space Aliens Buried in Texas: City Claims Little green Men in Cemetery:"

Former newspaper reporter turned UFO author Jim Marrs believes it is the 'smoking gun' of all UFO sightings. He says think of a flying object crashing, an alien body, newspaper accounts, and a cover up -- then think when all of this happened.

"This was six years before the Wright brothers flew," says Marrs. "There was nothing man-made in the air. I also checked on balloons, very first powered balloon flight was the same year of the Wright brothers."

And Marrs says there are just too many documented reports from that time to ignore that something happened there.

"The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one onboard," said Marrs reading from an old newspaper article. "While his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original had been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world."

Hayden Hewes, director of the International UFO Bureau, says there is material evidence as well.

"There was a tree nearby, and they cut into the tree and went back approximately 100 years and pulled out metal fragments within that tree which matched what had been found at the well site," says Hewes.

Hewes has spent decades investigating the Aurora crash, but has been met each time by resistance from local authorities.

"Allegedly part of the craft was thrown down into the well, the occupant was buried in a nearby cemetery," he says. "The historical and other people around there really put it down because they wanted no publicity."
Not everyone agrees that there was a historically anomalous flight and crash in the Aurora area at the end of the 19th century.  Rosalie Gregg from the Wise County Historical Society claims that residents who were adolescents at the time claim that they never heard of such a thing occurring in April 1897.

Here's a radio broadcast from AM 740 KTRH News Radio discussing the veracity of the urban legend:

What do you think?  Were there aliens in Aurora in 1897?  A human airship pilot ahead of his time?  Or is the story just a tall tale?


  1. "an inexplicable event occurred"

    What the article failed to mention is that the so-called crash in Aurora was part of a series of airship sightings that started in San Francisco in November of 1896 and continued across the mid west from Kalamazoo into Texas through May of 1897. And into this, an amateur news reporter and struggling cotton merchant named F. E. Hayden sent a story to the Dallas Morning News. His story was never corroborated by anyone and it also failed to drive any tourism to the town of Aurora.

    The article appeared on page 5. Not big news.

    Subsequently, no one ever cared about the story until the 1950s and the modern UFO flap began. Suddenly people were looking for any evidence that we were being visited by aliens from another world and this old, debunked story was dusted off.

    With 100,000 sightings recorded, I am tendant to believe that there really were mystery airships flying over the American west in late 1896 and early 1897. There were plenty of conventional airships. So many that the New York Times reported in 1888 that there were so many airships in the skies of America that “even flying machines loose their novelty” I am tendant to believe that this mystery airship was exceptional, ahead of its time perhaps, but still a conventional airship with a human crew, as was reported in scores of sightings.

    This one article, without corroboration, doesn't fit the pattern.

    Does it sound like I know what I'm talking about? I like to think so. I've been researching the Airship Flap and presenting at various steampunk conventions.

  2. @ Der Geis- I do agree that the article is questionable in many places- there were air balloons and other flying craft at this period in history. You also have a point on interest in the story probably being bigger in the 1950s with the rise of interest in potential extraterrestrial activity. I wondered myself about that.

    The article really seems like a supplement for the radio broadcast on the topic, which does mention the other sightings of this mystery airship.

    Thanks for your input.