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Roswell, New Mexico

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Roswell, New Mexico

The “All-American City” or so it is branded by themselves, Roswell was a hometown to me from the 3rd grade until senior year of High School. Oh the fond memories of this dust-bowl of a town who’s prime entertainment for the high school youth was “dragging’ main street” every weekend to see who was “out and about” and hanging out in the Sonic drive-in. Of course many shenanigans went on making out at the Lover’s lane hill overlooking the city, or making love in the rocks at Bottomless Lakes State Park when our parents thought we were at the library or prom. Of course those mischievous few of us spent many days (and evenings) partying or exploring the Missile silos on the outskirts of town. Bonfires in the control room was a special kind of ambiance. Of course, we all heard the legends and rumors of the “UFO crash”, alien abductions, alien autopsies, and secret military bases – but that’s all they were … legends. Now these green or gray skinned aliens don the cities light-posts and is a theme park attraction to every gift shop, fast food joint, hotel, and wal-mart. The downtown theater we once partied to “Rocky Horror” has mutated to its own science fiction picture show as one of the world’s magnets for UFO experts, enthusiasts, and crazies as the International UFO Museum.

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Roswell represents and is in the county seat of Chaves County fluctuating annually in population growth as business boom, close, die, diminish or become reborn. It now boasts a population of 48,000 inhabitants in 2012 celebrating its standing as being New Mexico’s fifth largest city. Outside of UFO’s and aliens, Roswell’ites make their living with irrigation farming, dairy farms, ranching, petroleum, manufacture, and distribution. It was never really a tourist trap, UNTIL … the aliens arrived. It was however home of Bottomless Lakes State Park, Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, and the New Mexico Military Institute (1891). The 1947 UFO crash made it the most popular, other than that it was a central point for some very famous people including Robert H. Goddard who invented the Rocket. No wonder those “hush-hush” secret military bases set up shop in this small hick town of tumbleweeds. Other famous inhabitants were Patrick Garrett the Sheriff, John Chisum the Pioneer, Demi Moore the Actress, John Denver the folk singer, Nancy Lopez the LPGA golf pro, Austin St. John the first Red Power Ranger, UFO Phil the singer, and Tom Brookshier the Pro Football player.

The UFO crash has much lore, legend, and news stories surrounding it – taking place just outside of town to upwards of 75 miles away near Corona. Whatever crashed there, was hauled into the local Roswell Army Air Field, the “then” secret military base for much dark mysteries … or so they say. On July 8, 1947 the Roswell Daily Record reported the “capture” of a “flying saucer” by the U.S. Government, hauling the ship and its inhabitants to the Walker Air Force Base. the U.S. Government to this day maintains it was debris from an “experimental” high-altitude helium weather and surveillance balloon. A high level military official from the base apparently came on to record to state it was actually a spaceship crash with alien bodies captured. It has been believed to be one of the U.S. Government’s most infamous cover-ups.

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Roswell was first inhabited by Native Americans who were pushed out by Euro-American Aliens – a group of pioneers from Missouri who started up the first Euro-American settlement 15 miles southwest of present day Roswell in 1865. They ran out of water however, so had to abandon this “Missouri Plaza”. Hispanics moved in from Lincoln, New Mexico as did John Chisum with his famous Jingle Bob Ranch 5 miles from Roswell’s current downtown. In 1869 two business-men from Omaha, Nebraska named Van C. Smith and Aaron Wilburn set up shop in what is now downtown Roswell building two adobe buildings – the general store, post office, and make-shift hotel. This gave birth to the “True” Roswell. Van’s father was Roswell Smith, whom he named the town after. By 1877, Captain Joseph Calloway Lea and his family bought out Smith and Wilburn, becoming the largest land-holders of the area. The town survived the Lincoln County War from 1877-1879 and by 1890 local merchant Nathan Jaffa struck clear gold when he sprung water tapping a major aquifer while digging a well in his back yard giving major growth and development opportunities for the area. The Railroad came through town by 1893. When World War II struck the country, the military set up a prisoner of war camp near Orchard Park holding Germans forcing labor on them to build Roswell’s infrastructure, especially paving the banks of the North Spring River. A iron cross can be found on the north bank built by the Germans in the Roswell Spring River Zoo. By the 1930’s, Robert H. Goddard popularized Roswell with his early rocketry work bringing in the military heavier from 1941 to 1967. Ruined by alien autopsy conspiracies and economic down-turn, the Walker Air Force base was finally DE-commissioned as were the 22 missile silos surrounding the city.

Located on the high plains, Roswell experiences the four seasons with cold winters, mild warm springs, very hot summers. Monsoons are common during the summer months with torrential downpours, thunderstorms, high winds, hail, and tornadoes.

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Roswell UFO Museum

Roswell UFO Museum and Research Center
* Roswell, New Mexico *

A whirlwind of change since the days when I grew up in Roswell, as quickly as I moved out of town the city was infected with an alien craze over the legendary UFO crash that took place there in the 40’s. The Center throws an annual UFO convention as well as talks, workshops, archives, and resources that attracts over a million tourists a year to this small little town. The Museum has a pretty complete archive of all UFO crashes, sightings, and investigations in the area as well as an extensive reading library for any visiting researchers. The Center focuses on solving the mysteries of all things alien and extraterrestrial. The admission is rather steep for the size of the museum, but is worth a gander for any alien enthusiast. The gift shop has expanded since the last time I visited, but the shops along main street have more souvenir offerings than the museum does. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. ~ Thomas Baurley.

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The UFO Tower of Hooper, Colorado


UFO Tower vortex and shrines

The UFO Watchtower
* 2502 County Road 61, Hooper, Colorado * $2/person or $5/car. * Open year round * www.ufowatchtower.com * 719-378-2296 *

As we were driving back to Colorado Springs after a wonderful soaking weekend at the infamous clothing-optional Orient Land Trust hotsprings, we entered the “odd” strip of San Luis Valley … where aliens, alligators, and weird phenomena is considered “common” at its best. As we were driving down Highway 17 we were seeing signs for the Alligator Farm (in Colorado). “Really?” “Really?” I just kept echoeing in my head. Sure enough, there was one. But just as I was about to grasp this connundrum, there it was, on the right hand side of the road, none other than the “UFO Watchtower”. I felt like I was in a bad episode of the Twilight Zone.

Along Highway 17 in the San Luis Valley, near the Great Sand Dunes, Orient Land Trust, and the Colorado Alligator Farm, lies an observation platform with associated campground and gift shop just north of Hooper, Colorado. This raised platform, established to have a 360 degree view of the valley, was built by cattle rancher Judy Messoline in May 2000 as a fundraiser to make money off the the scores of “UFO enthusiast” tourists who come through the area in hopes of seeing a spaceship. The San Luis Valley, like Roswell, New Mexico, is a hotspot of UFO sightings, abductions, and media coverage. The site is a kitchy junkyard of alien-fad related trash. There is not much to see, but its worth a gander if your drowsy-drooping eyes along this long stretch need some amusement. Even to the serious “fan” of alien-dom, time better spent going back to Roswell and its empty field of a UFO crash. By the residents and patrons of this site however, it is considered an alien “vortex” of activity with promises that “the Truth is out there”. The owner is friendly and really nice. She’ll be sure to drive on down to the usually closed gift shop if she sees you pull in and has lots of stories to tell. The dome building is the gift shop, a garden of fandom junk is the healing garden, and the deck is just simply that … a raised platform deck. The junk littering the garden consists of pens, hubcaps, watches, jewelry, alien propaganda and toys, kitchy figurines, and even the infamous yoda is sprawled out in the sun. A book has been published about the Tower and Judy called “That Crazy Lady Down the Road” and while I’m the first to be open-minded about the strange and unusual, this book is precisely labelled properly. Rated: 1 star out of 5 ~ review by Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Research and Reviews.

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The Roswell Alien Crash Site


Me at the crash site
Roswell, New Mexico
photos ©2006 technogypsie.com

It was 1947, on July 4th, when William Woody saw a brilliant object plunge to the ground from the sky. They tried to explore where they thought it came down, and was sent away by a military barricade. a NM rancher named WW “Mack” Brazel was out for a ride with his friends checking on their herd after a terrible storm the night before – and they discovered on the ground, unusual pieces of metallic debris and a several hundred foot long shallow trench emblazened into the ground. They brought home some of the metal in order to try to figure out what it was, and his neighbours, the Proctors, told him he might be in possession of wreckage from a government project or a UFO. He reported the wreckage to the local sheriff, Wilcox, who reported it to Major Marcel of the 509 bomb group. The military explored the crash area, and closed the area to public access until all wreckage was removed. He was amazed by the weird nature of the metal and took some home to show his family. A press release was put out shortly after stating that it was the wreckage of a crashed disk by Roswell Air Force Base’s Public Information Officer. It was published in the Roswell Daily Record. Hours later, the press release was retracted, and a new one released, stating it was a weather balloon that they mistakenly identified as a flying saucer. The military tried hard to convince the local news that it was nothing other than a weather balloon and a big mistake by their department to say otherwise. During all of this, the local mortician, Glenn Dennis, received calls from the morgue on the air force base, stating they needed some small hermetically sealed coffins and needing information about how to preserve bodies that have been exposed to the elements for a few days without contaminating the tissue. He drove out to the base hospital and saw scattered pieces of weird metal with strange markings sticking out of one of the ambulences in the parking lot. Upon entering the hospital was threatened by military police and told to leave. The nurse that he knew there told him the next day about the bodies and drew him pictures of them on a prescription pad – the next day she was transferred to England, and was never heard from again. Future research on the incident had determined that the military was watching a strange object for 4 days in Southern New Mexico and on July 4th, discovered the object to have crashed down somewhere 30-40 miles northwest of Roswell. Since then, many movies, many books, and documentaries were created to publicize the incident even though the Military has removed all documentation and covered up most of the information that would validate their involvement. You can read more about the incident Here. In 1991, Glenn Dennis the mortician above, Walter Haut a military public information officer and original writer of the first news release, teamed up with Max Littell to form the Roswell UFO museum and the IUFOMRC. Within the first 4 years of the opening of the museum, Roswell has increased tourism 5x their small city population with UFO visitors.


Alien crash site – Roswell, New Mexico
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07.30.06: Part I – Roswell, The Alien Crash Site, The Missle Silos


C.S.I. Crash Site Investigation
Roswell Crash Site, Roswell, New Mexico
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Sunday, 30 July 2006
Roswell, New Mexico
Part I – Delving into the Past, Alien Technology

We slept in a bit, then wandered down for the Holiday Inn Express breakfast bar, packed up the room, and caravaned out of town. Got gas at $2.83/gallon – cheapest I’ve seen for ages in the West … and the southwest. I think Colorado Springs is about $3.15/gallon. Aliens must have some cheaper technology for finding fuel I suppose. We then hit the dollar store to purchase a couple of flashlights. Then drove up Hwy 285 north, to Mile marker #133, and pulled over to walk around the Roswell Alien crash site. We both bought Roswell souvenir t-shirts “C.S.I. Crash site investigator” and donned them for the day’s explorations. David wore his bluetooth phone and shades. As we were poking around the Crash site, two elderly tourists drove up, was nervous about getting out of their car, and finally the husband was brave enough to approach us, thinking we really were official, and asked … “sorry to bother you, but where is your crash site?” and I replied … “Its down the road a ways … or so I’ve heard …” As we were locking up our cars, grabbing our flashlights, and proceeded to walk to the highway to walk down 3/4 mile to the abandoned missle silo. I could hear the husband/wife talking:

husband: “I think they are here investigating the crash site. They are doing what we are doing.”
Wife: “Noooo … I don’t think they are doing what we are doing. They are investigating something else.”

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The Fourth Kind (R: 2009)


The Fourth Kind (R: 2009)

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi. Starring: Milla Jovovich … Abbey Tyler, Will Patton … Sheriff August, Hakeem Kae-Kazim … Awolowa Odusami, Corey Johnson … Tommy Fisher, Enzo Cilenti … Scott Stracinsky, and many others.
A great story telling of a true tale of incidents that happened in Nome Alaska about a psychologist’s story around murders, suicides, and disappearances that took place in 2000 including the disappearance of her daughter and the murder or suicide of her husband. There was quite a bit of paranormal activity measured at the time – all without rationalization. Being theorized as the “fourth kind” it comes from the scale of measurement established for alien encounters: first kind is when a UFO is sighted, second kind – when evidence is collected on that encounter, third kind – when contact is made with extraterrestrials, and abduction is the fourth kind. The story tells that Nome Alaska has had numerous abductions and sightings since the 60’s – having a disproportionate number of its population go missing every year. Despite numerous FBI investigations to find out the cause – the truth is not known. A psychologist named Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with her patients who were experiencing disturbing trauma in their sleep – leading up to abduction theories, and amongst some of the most astonishing evidence ever documented in this kind, especially with most of her patients seeing and experiencing the exact same encounter. She become enravelled within their lives and abductions, and becomes blamed for inciting paranoia and delusion which leads many of her patients to either kill themselves and/or their families. Until she falls victim for the abductions, and loses her husband and child. Still a mystery unravelled – the director, writer, and film crew propose Tyler’s tale and theory. What do you believe? I found the film to be pretty intense, thought provoking, and intriguing. Definitely peaked my curiousity. A great film. Rating: 4.7 stars out of 5.

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