The 1897 Alien Crash Landing at Aurora, Texas

There are some who believe the UFO phenomena gained popularity during the 1940’s and 1950’s, when airplane pilots started reporting numerous encounters with “foo fighters” and “flying saucers”. However, sightings of unidentified flying objects were being recorded in earlier times and the lack of media coverage back then tended to keep things relatively localized.

Such is the case of the alien crash landing that happened in 1897 in Aurora, Texas. An article published in Dallas News in April 1897 reported a cigar-shaped UFO had crashed in a farmer’s field and among the debris the body of an alien creature had been found. The little humanoid was buried in the local cemetery.


While the Roswell Incident remains the most notorious event of this type, the crash in Aurora contained the same elements: debris strewn across a large area as well as an alien body but it occurred 50 years prior to Roswell.

In the early morning hours of April 17, 1897 a mysterious cigar-shaped object was seen flying at a low speed above the public square and as it reached the northern part of the town, it lost altitude and collided with Judge Proctor’s windmill. The resulting explosion wrecked a well and the windmill tower and scattered debris over several acres.

The article reads: “the pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only on board and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.”

At the time of the crash, a spotted fever epidemic was wreaking havoc among residents of the small town of Aurora so the event’s importance quickly faded. According to reports, a small ceremony was held at the local cemetery where the remains of the alien pilot were buried and a headstone was placed over its grave. As pictures reveal, the gravestone depicted  crudely-carved cigar-shaped object with portholes on its side.

aurora tombstone
The tombstone was stolen in 2012.

Some claim the event was a hoax, stating that there was no windmill or well on Judge Proctor’s property. However, an investigation conducted by History Channel managed to find evidence of both the windmill and the well, which was sealed because the owner believed it had been contaminated with alien debris. Furthermore, aluminum scraps were found buried at the site. While this metal is commonplace today, at the turn of the 19th century it was quite rare.

Ground-penetrating radar also revealed a casket-shaped object where the alien body is allegedly buried.

It is hard to determine what really happened in Aurora. As strange as it may seem, between 1896 and 1897 numerous sightings of cigar-shaped airships were reported all over the US and especially in Texas. Could this be considered evidence of an alien crash landing really happening?

The absence of conclusive proof makes it impossible to determine but one thing is certain: something strange indeed happened in Aurora in April 1897.

Ragnar Larsen

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