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The Aurora Files

Aurora Texas UFO Crash of 1897

Mystery or Myth?

 

 

Greetings!

As I mentioned during a recent radio interview, Aurora Texas has more of note than just an alien airship crash. In my book "5000 years of UFO's" I had mentioned that during one of my many visits to Aurora, that I had noticed that the area appeared to have hosted a military base of some kind in the past.

As my readers know, I had received lots of grief over my theory so, I returned to Aurora last Friday for further investigations. I now offer several items I consider as proof.

First I found a part of the original perimeter fence to the "old base", you go about 2 miles south of the cemetery on a curvy dirt road that turns to the west and you will see a metal 10' fence post with barbed wire. Not something you would find in a normal rural farming town.

I have to take time to mention what a change that area is going though right now, it's almost a suburb of Dallas!. Hwy 114 is so busy!, I did like the green "Area 114" shop set up on the highway, a very cool idea!. Aurora View housing addition now going in on the west side of town, very nice, (A perfect place for a Ufologist!)

Back to my theory, When you follow that same road on to the west about 2 more miles it meets with the Aurora cut off road. There you will see the only existing original street sign in the area, almost deliberately left to be discovered, it's clearly labeled "Old Base Road" I have enclosed a map below pinpointing the location of that road and a history of the town and the original 1897 news report, and my report titled "Aurora Texas UFO Crash of 1897- Myth or Mystery?"

I ask my readers this; what actually happened at Aurora Texas in 1897? Is this really our first "encounter" with an alien species? When and why was a military base built at Aurora? Did the wreckage from Roswell make it to some kind of a secret "area 51" type "alien base" set up in Aurora? if not, why fly the Roswell wreckage to Ft. Worth? just so a few officers could look it over? not likely!, Is Aurora the Eastern end of what I call "The Texas Triangle"?

If anyone has a answer, theory, or has served at the base in Aurora, Texas please contact me at: jim@thehickmanreport.com

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In reply to my request for info on the Aurora base, JCH reports;

Beginning with the Goat Island Monster sightings in the mid-sixties, at Lake Worth (connected to Eagle Mountain Lake,) unusual and month to month sightings of UFOs associated with Carswell AFB (on the shore of Lake Worth,) mothmen sightings near a marina directly above an 'off-line' power plant on the shore of Eagle Mountain Lake, MIB appearances made to individuals demonstrating curiosity with the Copeland Complex, and a personal history of short term memory loss on one Bill Johnson (who had a convenient accident the day he was to lease the property Copeland now controls.)

Couple this with the area (lakes included) sitting on top of a vast underground complex and you have the stuff to put Groom Lake to shame! I'll tell you something, that most researchers have overlooked: directly from Roswell, the UFO was brought to Carswell AFB. Because the reverse engineering could be accomplished so well by General Dynamics (connected with Carswell,) it never left! Many of the old-timers from GD, still talk about the nuclear aircraft engine they worked on in the fifties. You heard it here first.

The closest town to the actual site is Newark. You can't get close to the site itself. People in the area are NOT friendly to outsiders, and seem to suffer a great deal from the damage their bauxite contaminated water does them. Nearby is an old Army Air Corps base taken over by Kenneth Copeland's World Wide Ministry.

The rumors of Copeland's involvement with Military maneuvers and secret ops are rife, while a number of other rather weird features and occurrences have been going on for years. This is not an environment that would be safe for inquisitive interlopers.

If you want to be just a tourist, satisfied with superficial tourist stuff, that's fine. Anything more might not be a good idea. The local County Sheriff is a former security chief of Copeland's, just as the entire area of interest is under constant military surveillance. This is no joke. JCH

 

Aurora's "Old Base Road"





From: The Handbook of Texas Online: http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/AA/hla29.html



AURORA, TEXAS (Wise County). Aurora is on State Highway 114 ten miles southeast of Decatur in southeastern Wise County. The site is on a gentle rise and is surrounded by mesquite and live oak trees. Settlement began there in the late 1850s. Impressed by the beauty of the place, William O. Stanfield suggested Aurora for the name of the community.

For the first twenty years the population grew rapidly, and the town became a trading center for county farmers. A post office was opened in 1873, and the town was incorporated on August 21, 1882. By the mid-1880s Aurora had two schools, two cotton gins, two hotels, fifteen businesses, and a population variously estimated at between 750 and 3,000. An outbreak of spotted fever began during the latter part of 1888, and by 1889 fear of the epidemic had caused a mass exodus from the town.

Two years later, when the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad abandoned its plan to lay tracks through Aurora, most of the few remaining inhabitants moved to Rhome, two miles to the southeast, the new site of a railroad stop. Ironically, as its decline continued, the town became the focus of the state's attention.

On April 18, 1897, S. E. Hayden, an Aurora cotton buyer, wrote a story describing the crash of a mysterious airship just outside of town. Hayden's fictional article was apparently an attempt to bring attention to the community, but it caused a sensation because stories were already current of unidentified flying objects near Fort Worth. Hayden's tale, however, failed to revive Aurora.

In 1901 postal service was discontinued. The construction of State Highway 114 through Aurora in 1939 probably saved the community from extinction. In the early 1970s Aurora underwent a rebirth as the town became a bedroom community of Fort Worth. In 1986 it had an estimated 376 residents. In 1990 the population was 623.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Rosalie Gregg, ed., Wise County History (Vol. 1, n.p: Nortex, 1975; Vol. 2, Austin: Eakin, 1982). Wise County Messenger, Centennial Edition, October 4, 1956.
 

 


Here is the story as written in 1897 in the April 19 edition of the Dallas Morning News is as follows:

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About 6 o'clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country. It was traveling due north and much nearer the earth than before.

Evidently some of the machinery was out of order, for it was making a speed of only ten or twelve miles an hour, and gradually settling toward the earth. It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor's windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge's flower garden.

The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard 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.
Mr. T.J. Weems, the U.S. Army Signal Service officer at this place and an authority on astronomy gives it as his opinion that the pilot was a native of the planet Mars. Papers found on his person -- evidently the records of his travels -- are written in some unknown hieroglyphics and cannot be deciphered.

This ship was too badly wrecked to form any conclusion as to its construction or motive power. It was built of an unknown metal, resembling somewhat a mixture of aluminum and silver, and it must have weighed several tons. The town is today full of people who are viewing the wreckage and gathering specimens of strange metal from the debris. The pilot's funeral will take place tomorrow.
 

Aurora from the Air

 

By: Jim Hickman

Head for Aurora,Texas, "the town that almost was" as their tiny town history book states, to take a look at the burial site of an alien pilot that crashed its UFO there in 1897. The town is just off US 287 west of Rhome heading toward Bridgeport on 114. Look for the sign saying CEMETERY pointing south. There is a historical marker that includes the word "spaceship" at the site.

Newspapers from April 1897 reported that the alien craft hit a windmill and was torn to pieces, along with its occupant. A 1986 movie, "Aurora Encounter," tells the tale. The official historical marker was installed by the state, although nobody knows exactly where the grave is. Here is the text of the marker as seen in the photo below.

Aurora Cemetery

The oldest known graves, here, dating from as early as the 1860s, are those of the Randall and Rowlett families. Finis Dudley Beauchamp (1825-1893), a Confederate veteran from Mississippi, donated the 3-acre site to the newly- formed Aurora Lodge No. 479, A.F. & A.M., in 1877. For many years, this community burial ground was known as Masonic Cemetery. Beauchamp, his wife Caroline (1829-1915), and others in their family. An epidemic which struck the village in 1891 added hundreds of graves to the plot. Called "Spotted Fever" by the settlers, the disease is now thought to be a form of meningitis.

Located in Aurora Cemetery is the gravestone of the infant Nellie Burris (1891-1893) with its often-quoted epitaph: "As I was so soon done, I don't know why I was begun." This site is also well-known because of the legend that a spaceship crashed nearby in 1897 and the pilot, killed in the crash, was buried here. Struck by epidemic and crop failure and bypassed by the railroad, the original town of Aurora almost disappeared, but the cemetery remains in use with over 800 graves. Veterans of the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts are interred here.

Aurora is located West of Rhome and 1/4 mile South of SH 114.  Aurora brings up images of high-speed space travel. In fact, our new space plane is named 'Aurora' for a UFO incident that took place in 1897.  Last year was the 100th anniversary of the crash of an unknown airship in Aurora, TX. The TV show "Sightings" had a special called '100 years of UFO Cover ups,' that featured the recovery of an alien body in Aurora, Texas.

This incident has been covered up by the Government and was then widely reported to be a hoax (a weather balloon?). Sounds a lot like Roswell in 1947? The US government has a long history of cover-ups in regards to things like this. I hope this investigation will clear up the Aurora event for good.

Here is the story as written in 1897 in the April 19 edition of the Dallas Morning News is as follows:

About 6 o'clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country. It was traveling due north and much nearer the earth than before. Evidently some of the machinery was out of order, for it was making a speed of only ten or twelve miles an hour, and gradually settling toward the earth. It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor's windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge's flower garden. The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard 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.

 Mr. T.J. Weems, the U.S. Army Signal Service officer at this place and an authority on astronomy gives it as his opinion that the pilot was a native of the planet Mars. Papers found on his person -- evidently the records of his travels -- are written in some unknown hieroglyphics and cannot be deciphered. This ship was too badly wrecked to form any conclusion as to its construction or motive power. It was built of an unknown metal, resembling somewhat a mixture of aluminum and silver, and it must have weighed several tons. The town is today full of people who are viewing the wreckage and gathering specimens of strange metal from the debris. The pilot's funeral will take place tomorrow.

The article was written by E. E. Haydon who was a part-time reporter for the Morning News. As startling as the news was, no other newspapers in the world ran the story in their paper. News of the incident remained dormant for almost a century (May 24, 1973) when newspapers around the country published the following United Press International account:

"Aurora, Tex. -- (UPI) -- A grave in a small north Texas cemetery contains the body of an 1897 astronaut who "was not an inhabitant of this world," according to the International UFO Bureau.

The group, which investigates unidentified flying objects, has already initiated legal proceedings to exhume the body and will go to court if necessary to open the grave, director Hayden Hewes said Wednesday.

"After checking the grave with metal detectors and gathering facts for three months, we are certain as we can be at this point [that] he was the pilot of a UFO which reportedly exploded atop a well on Judge J.S. Proctor's place, April 19, 1897," Hewes said. He was not an inhabitant of this world."

A few days later, another UPI account datelined Aurora quoted a ninety-one-year-old who had been a girl of fifteen in Aurora at the time of the reported incident. She said she "had all but forgotten the incident until it appeared in the newspapers recently." She said her parents had gone to the sight of the crash, but had refused to take her along. She recalled that the remains of the pilot, "a small man," had been buried in the Aurora cemetery.

Not to be outdone, the Associated Press, in a story datelined Denton, Texas, reported that "a North Texas State University professor had found some metal fragments near the Oates gas station (former Proctor farm). One fragment was said to be 'most intriguing' because it consisted of primarily of iron which did not seem to exhibit magnetic properties." The professor also said he was puzzled because the fragment was "shiny and malleable instead of dull and brittle like iron."

The Aurora Cemetery Association was successful in blocking the attempts to dig up the grounds in search of the "Martian pilot." The incident will probably go underground again (pun intended) until its centennial in 1997 will bring another round of widespread press coverage.

Last year we made a field investigation in the small town of Aurora, Texas, just north of Fort Worth. The results of our research are weird to say the least... One of the first things you might notice when arriving in Aurora is that there are military traces everywhere in town. It even boasts a small military type airport, circa 1940's. Even the streets of town are laid out in typical "base" fashion. To anyone who ever served in the military, the signs of military habitations are clear.

Why would the military want to have a base in Aurora? I asked myself... back in the '40's? hmm... let's see. If my memory is correct, I believe that the Roswell crash debris was flown directly to Ft. Worth, TX, (which is less than 10 miles as the crow flies from Aurora.) Coincidence? I don't think so. Could the military have had an "alien" recovery base set up and running from clear back 100 years ago? I am beginning to wonder as we continued on our tour of Aurora, the city.

As we continued through town, we found the famous old Judge Proctor's place and we visited the town square. Of course almost the entire town from those days is gone, replaced by modern buildings. Nearby is the town cemetery, where it is alleged by some that a small visitor from space was buried over 100 years ago. A quick visit to the cemetery showed a very neat, well kept place, with no sign of the tombstone. It was stolen some years ago and never recovered. There are picture records of its existence, and above is a photo of it.

There is a movement in town to exhume the body of the alien, replace the headstone and do a complete search for remains of the crash. Also, there have been several interesting pieces of metal found in the area that have been confiscated for analysis by the military and never returned.

Aurora, another unsolved mystery 

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