The Aurora, Texas Crash of 1897
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Posted 05 May 2010 - 07:21 PM
This is a fun one, happened just down the road from where I live 114 years ago.
The state of Texas has always been called the "big state." This expression applies to many things, but is especially true regarding "tall tales." I have heard them all of my life, and sometimes it is difficult to separate truth from fiction. Such is the case with one story that comes from the small town of Aurora. The town's history book labels the community as "the town that almost wasn't," and that expression is directly related to the legend of a spaceship crashing into a windmill, and the burial of a small alien creature found in the aftermath.
This event has become the most important news story to ever come out of this small Texas city. Aurora was designated a "historical site" by the State of Texas.
The year was 1897, and this was the year of the "great airships" reports in the United States. As the story goes, it was on April 17, 1897, that a slow moving space ship crashed into a windmill, bursting into pieces. As the debris was searched through, supposedly the body of a small alien was discovered.
Originally the alien pilot was dubbed the "Martian pilot."
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