The 1897 Aurora Texas UFO
In 1897, Aurora, Texas became an area of interest when a UFO was incident was reported to have crashed near a farm. The case became known as the Aurora Texas UFO.
The incident reportedly occurred on April 17, 1897 when an unidentified flying object crash landed in a farm. The pilot, who was said to be of non-terrestrial origins, was killed in the crash.
With only a few UFO cases reported on a large scale before the incident, such as the Ancient Egypt Case in 1440 BC, the Phantom Ships in Italy in 218BC, and the first UFO ever photographed in 1886, just thirteen years earlier, there was absolutely no protocol of what to do.
It is said that the extra-terrestrial pilot from the Aurora Texas UFO incident was buried “with Christian rites” by a traveling pastor known as William Russell Taybor at the Aurora Cemetery with a grave marker that has now been removed.
Despite there not being any link between the Aurora Texas UFO case and Roswell, that occurred 50 years later, it was the first case of a UFO crash, and similarly to Roswell, the pilot died on impact.
Locals claimed the pilot was ‘not of this world’ and was pronounced dead when the unidentified craft hit a nearby windmill on the property of Judge Proctor. The pilot was also described as a ‘martian’ according to a T.J. Weems who was an Army Signal Services officer at the time.
The wreckage was reportedly thrown in a water well that was located under the damaged windmill and smaller parts were buried with the alien pilot.
Judge Proctor’s property was later purchased in the 1930s and claimed to have removed the crash debris from the well which caused him to develop arthritis, resulting in him sealing the well with a concrete slab which was the foundation for an outbuilding. The slab’s writing traces back to this being done in 1945, just two years before the Roswell incident.
Many ufologists claim it was a hoax and we at AHistoryOfMystery have very little argument against that theory, despite there being little evidence to disprove the event.
A claim from Etta Pegues, who was interviewed by Time magazine in 1980, stated that the whole story was fabricated to bring interest to Aurora and also claimed that Judge Proctor never operated a windmill on his property. Though in a UFO Hunters episode, they found the base of a wooden water pump tower that was suggested to be constructed around the well.
There’s much debate today as to whether or not the incident happened and if it was in fact an extra-terrestrial being, but here’s our take…
We consider the story to be a hoax for the simple reason that there is not a single piece of debris that can be proved and if the U.S government considered the story credible and that there was a super-intelligent alien being buried there, as well as the debris from an alien craft, they would exhume the body for analysis and swarm on the area in an attempt to retrieve technology from a civilization that have achieved interstellar travel.
There’s only one real way to find out if the story is true. Open the well and exhume the body. That will conclusively prove the truth, but we have very little faith in there being anything of extra-terrestrial origin there and consider the Aurora Texas UFO case a fun and entertaining story.
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