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:"
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.
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."
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?