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March 17 & 18, 2018
The story of Roswell itself begins in the 1880's during the time of frontier living, Apache Indians, Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War. In the beginning cattle baron, John Chisum's large herd of cattle helped sustain Roswell's early economy. Like many towns in southern New Mexico, Roswell was often visited by Billy the Kid. In the 1930's, Roswell was the place Robert H. Goddard attempted to defy gravity. Known as the Father of Modern Rocketry, Goddard did some of his most influential work during his 12 years in Roswell while working with Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim. Without his experiments the United State would have never won the race to the moon or begun the human race's early space exploration.
Interesting tidbit: Before 1890 Roswell's population was 340. Then a shopkeeper by the name of Nathan Jaffa who was tired of having to go to the river to obtain water drilled in his backyard and water came bubbling to the surface. It was discovered that Roswell was sitting on top of one of the largest artesian wells in the country and the city began to boom. (A short bit of Roswell's History put together from two visitor guides we received here at the RV Park.)
In July of 1947 something happened northwest of Roswell during a severe thunderstorm. The question that has been asked since then is: Was it a flying saucer or was it a weather balloon?
The debris recovered by rancher WW Mack Brazel was gathered by the military from the Roswell Army Air Field under the direction of base intelligence officer Major Jesse Marcel. On July 8, 1947, public information officer Lt. Walter Haut issued a press release under orders from base commander Col. William Blanchard, which said basically that we have in our possession a flying saucer. (Haut talks about all of this in a short video about the Roswell Incident. This short video is interesting, filled with information, and interviews with people that were there when it all took place. It is well worth the time it takes to watch it.) The next day another press release was issued, this time from Gen. Roger Ramey, stating it was a weather balloon. That was the start of the best known and well-documented UFO coverup.
The Roswell Incident, the crash of an alleged flying saucer, the recovery of debris and bodies and the ensuing cover up by the military, was of such magnitude and so shrouded in mystery that, today over 70 years later , there are still more questions then answers. ( above information found in the Roswell visitors guide)
We spent the Tuesday afternoon at the UFO Museum. During that time we looked at displays, read newspaper articles and affidavits, looked at pictures, and in general took in a lot of information. We also sat and watched a short video about the Roswell Incident. In it we heard information from people directly involved or who had information from someone who was directly involved. We also stayed and watched a film that was made in 1993 called "Fire in the Sky" . This film is based on the book The Walton Experience by Travis Walton. (In 1975, a group of five men are driving home after working, with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, when they see a mysterious light. Walton got out of the truck and was sucked up by a flying saucer. The rest of the four tell their story which no one really believes. The investigator believes it is a murder cover up. Then after 5 days Walton reappears with his story of alien abduction and is met with disbelief. This incident allegedly took place near Snowflake, Arizona.)
Tom is really into reading and learning about UFO's along with Ghosts so this visit was something he really enjoyed . I took the pictures below mostly so Tom will have a record of our visit. If you browse through them, I hope you enjoy them.
|Brazel and I believe his wife.|
|In the video we watched the owner of the Radio|
Station mentioned he was threatened with the lose
of his licence if he did not stop broadcasting the
flying saucer story.
|The wreckage became a weather balloon.|
|"Gort" the original eight foot tall robot introduced in the 1953 movie|
The Day The Earth Stood Still
(Somehow it looked a lot taller in the movie. The magic of Hollywood.)
|Saucer and animatronic aliens from Distortions Unlimited.|
The aliens were designed by Jordu Schell.
The ship "takes off and lands' once an hour and the aliens make their
presence known at least 3 times an hour.
|How pictures of UFO's are faked.|
|Tom looking at information about Area 51|
in Nevada. I have a feeling we will be
visiting there, also.
The Palenque Astronaut Approximately 400-600AD
"The Other Encounter"
The carving comes from the lid of a tomb belonging to the temples of the Mayan people in Mexico. This specific lid carving or "inscription" comes from a temple in Palenque. (This replica is hand carved in wood. This piece took Dr. Francisco Puentes and 4 other artists three years to complete.)
This particular carving portrays an astronaut sitting at the controls of his space ship. In addition a well preserved white man was found in the tomb.The average Maya was about 60 inches tall or five feet. This being in the tomb was about 70 inches tall. The question still exists as to whether this is just a tall Mayan or are these the remains of an ancient astronaut, or in other words an extraterrestrial?
The Mayan people were consumed with worship of the heavens. They calculated and created a solar calendar that is so accurate that it predicts today's eclipses within 13 seconds of their happening. Perhaps, their obsession with the skies was a result of extraterrestrial beings taking these people under their wings-literally. (The above information and the carving's translations are from a handout at the museum.)
|Yellow arrow, Symbol representing "Combustible Fuel"|
Green arrow, Symbol for "The Planet Saturn"
Purple Arrow, Symbol for "The Planet Jupiter"
Blue Arrow, Symbol for "The Planet Venus"
|Yellow arrows, Though to be "Ignition and/or Breaking System|
Green Arrows, Are these the controls to the spacecraft?
Blue arrow, "Oxygen System"
Purple arrow, Well cushioned "Head Rest"
Pink arrow, Notice the gravitational pull on the hair.
|Blue arrow, Symbols representing "Extraterrestrials"|
Yellow arrows, "Navigation System"
Green arrow, Symbol for "Food"
There were other things pointed out on the carving in the handout but this was all I could see clearly in the pictures I took.
|This display was the alien prop from the 1994 Showtime Movie "Roswell".|
|This ended our tour of the UFO Museum.|
Riding around we saw lots of little "Aliens" in Roswell.
|I guess some aliens even came by wagon.|
|Upper right, MacDonalds is a Flying Saucer.|
|Upper right, even the lamp posts have eyes.|
|Goodbye from Roswell...Keep in Touch!|
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If not, we are still glad you stopped by to visit.
Very interesting history in Roswell, we really enjoyed it. Bottomless Lakes state park has has some reservable sites, some first come first served sites as well as dry camping sites. Too bad you did not get there it too is amazing.ReplyDelete
Next time we will definitely try for the Bottomless State Park and just take our chances. Tom could not find anything online saying they had first come first serve sites (that is good to know, thanks) and it said they were full.Delete
We didn't go to the UFO museum but we did look around a few places in Roswell. Interesting place for sure. I have no doubt we'll go back at some point for another look. Always interesting stuff to see and do in so many places.ReplyDelete
I agree it seems like there so many interesting different things to do each time we stop some place. So it is a matter of picking and choosing what you are interest in. Sometimes we just want to sit...lolDelete
This stop, more then any other this adventure, was for Tom and the UFO Museum was at the top of his list. Though, I did enjoy our time there, also.
That museum is really cool! I'd love to get the grandkids to that area, but I'm thinking some of the drive would be pretty boring for them..I take it you decided against Carlsbad this trip since I saw you were headed out yesterday? Travel safely!ReplyDelete
It would be a fun place to take grandkids, they might think the ride was worth it.Delete
No Carlsbad this trip. The elevator was down...:(
I guess we will never really know the truth about the coverup. Those that lived through it will never get the government to admit to anything. Fascinating to read about.ReplyDelete
I would agree the government will never admit there was any kind of cover up. It is interesting to learn about.Delete