(CBS 11 News) AURORA, TX Area 51 and Roswell, New Mexico have become a part of American folklore, but some believe an alien visitor was found in Texas first, in the city of Aurora, just up the road from Fort Worth.
UFO investigator Jim Marrs said, “A silver cigar-shaped object came down low to the ground in Aurora, north of Fort Worth, and struck a tower, wooden tower, derrick, windmill.”
Aurora’s Mayor Barbara Brammer continued, “The ship hit the tower for the well, exploded, burned.”
Marrs explained, “The remains of the pilot were recovered and he was not an inhabitant of this world.”
They believed the pilot was an alien.
Brammer said, “They took the remains of this down to the Aurora cemetery and buried it, gave it a Christian burial.”
Newspapers in both Dallas and Fort Worth reported the amazing event. In fact, an entire page of the April 19, 1897 edition of the Dallas Morning News is filled with reports of the great aerial wanderer. Either people all are joining in a prank, or something was in the skies over Texas and southern Oklahoma.
“Some people think that the guy in Dallas that wrote this article made this up to get some publicity about Aurora again, to get people coming back in,” said Brammer.
But Marrs retorts, “Every single one of the stories concerns the silver cigar-shaped object flying around the skies of Texas and Oklahoma in the spring of 1897, six years before the Wright brothers flew.”
The burial site became the focus of UFO researchers in the ‘70s. There was a tombstone, with a marking that appeared to be half of a saucer, or the cigar-shaped object.
Researchers ran metal detectors over the site where the ship was said to crash. Some say the grass hasn’t grown there since. In a nearby shed, there’s a well where wreckage, small bits of metal, was reportedly thrown.
But in 1973, the tombstone and the metal in the ground disappeared.
“We don’t know,” said Brammer. “It just came up missing. Somebody had removed it. We don’t know who.”
The owners of the well have cemented it shut. They, like other people in Aurora, are tired of the story, but it lives on nonetheless.
A state historical marker at the cemetery recounts the legend of the alien pilot who crashed, died and was buried.
“As far as me believing it, I really don’t know,” says Brammer. “I believe it was a legend and that’s as far as I can go.”
Marrs believes. “I think this should show any reasonable person that there are things, and they’re not us, and they’re flying around in the atmosphere.”
The legend is a mystery that lingers today.