Yesterday, I blogged about a very strange incident: the 1897 UFO crash in Aurora, Texas. According to a newspaper article published by the Dallas News in April of 1897, a cigar-shaped object crashed in a farmer’s field, an alien body was found in the debris, and this little humanoid was buried in the local cemetery. (For a detailed account of this incident, along with a photo of the space alien’s headstone, visit: New Headstone for Aurora, Texas UFO Crash Space Alien Grave.)
New Aurora, Texas UFO Sculpture
So today, I want to share something my husband, Larry, and I saw on our way home from visiting the space alien gravesite at the Aurora Cemetery. For over a year now, I’ve heard rumors that the City of Aurora, Texas is planning a sculpture commemorating the 1897 UFO crash there. From what I’d been told, the artwork will feature a windmill, a spaceship and a little alien body.
As you can see from the photos on this page, it looks like work is now underway! This will be a fun and very unique site for travelers in north Texas.
Aurora: a Legendary Texas Town
When I first heard about this intriguing bit of Texas UFO lore, I was told that the City of Aurora was not interested in discussing it. I was disappointed, but not surprised to hear this. As a travel writer, I have noticed that local residents and historians often distance themselves from the very things that others find most fascinating about their hometown.
I was really excited, however, when the City of Aurora had a change of heart and decided to embrace this unique local UFO legend. I mean, just take a quick look at: the City of Aurora’s UFO themed website.
Pretty cool, eh? I love the snappy town tagline now, too: “Aurora, a legendary Texas town.”
Annual UFO Expo: Aurora Alien Encounter
To top it off, the City of Aurora, Texas now hosts an annual UFO expo called the Aurora Alien Encounter. This expo commemorates the mysterious incident from April 17, 1897. Last year’s expo was a blast!
I am currently writing a book about the public’s reaction to the Great Texas Airship Sightings of 1897. If you’d like to see some of the research I dug up on the subject, check out the presentation I gave at last year’s Aurora Alien Encounter in the video below:
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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano,Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website:TuiSnider.com.