Choron One hundred and seven-odd years ago, a most unusual incident occurred in the tiny North Texas town of Aurora. It was here that one of the earliest documented encounters with an alien life form took place, in the early morning hours of April 19, Interestingly enough, the historical marker at the site actually includes the word "spaceship". Newspapers, along with diaries and letters by local residents, reported that an alien craft hit a windmill and was torn to pieces, along with its occupant in April, Pierce, tells the tale.
There is, unfortunately, no sign of the tombstone. It was stolen some years ago and never recovered. There are, however, picture records of its existence. There is currently a renewed 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 Cemetery The historical marker reads as follows: Finis Dudley Beauchamp , a Confederate veteran from Mississippi, donated the 3-acre site to the newly- formed Aurora Lodge No. For many years, this community burial ground was known as Masonic Cemetery. Beauchamp, his wife Caroline , and others in their family are buried here. An epidemic which struck the village in 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 with its often-quoted epitaph: 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 graves.
Aurora brings up images of high-speed space travel. This incident has been covered up and ridiculed by the U. This, to say the least, sounds a lot like Roswell in ? The US government has a long history of cover-ups in regards to such occurrences. It is hoped that the current, renewed interest in the incident will last, and that a new investigation will clear up the Aurora event for good, although much time has passed.
Similar incidents were recountered by Bud Knight, a prominent resident of San Augustine, Texas , who died in at the age of Nor, were civic records and town newspapers of the time completely silent on the matter. Reports, although not common, do exist. Barclay was intrigued when his dog barked furiously and a high-pitched noise was heard. He went out, saw a flying object circling about 20 feet above ground. He described it as having an elongated shape, with protrusions and blinding lights, it went dark when it landed, only a short distance from his home.
Barclay was met by a man who informed him that his purpose was peaceful and requested some common hardware items to repair the craft. He paid with a ten-dollar bill and took off "like a bullet out of a gun. Looking outside, he saw a heavy, lighted object land in his wheat field. He walked toward it, but was stopped by two men who asked permission to draw water from his well.
He was told how it worked but could not follow the explanation. Three days later, on April 25, , in Merkel, Texas. As the assembled crowd watched, the line managed to get caught in a railroad track. The craft was too high for its structure to be visible but protrusions and a light could be distinguished.
After the craft hovered in place for about 10 minutes, a man came down along the rope cut the end free, and went back aboard the craft, which flew away toward the northeast. The man was described by all witnesses, as being small and dressed in a light blue uniform. The next day, late in the evening of April 26, , near the town of Aquila, in South Texas. A local lawyer, whose name was not reported by the press, was surprised to see a lighted object fly quietly overhead as he was riding from his office to his home, just outside the city limits.
His horse was scared and nearly toppled his carriage. When the main light was turned off, a number of smaller lights became visible on the underside of the dark colored, metallic craft, which revealed an elongated, transparent canopy. It continued forward, toward a hill, some seven miles to the south of Aquila. When the witness passed the same way, approximately one hour later, he saw the object rising. It reached the altitude of the cloud ceiling and flew to the northeast at a fantastic speed with periodic flashes of light.
These accounts, all given by respectable witnesses, separated by several hundred miles, yet all in a direct line with Aurora , describe a very similar object. It must be remembered that in , distances were much greater than they are today, and news traveled at a much slower rate. It is inconceivable that there could have been any collusion between witnesses, and highly unlikely that people living in towns separated by several hundred miles, could have heard news or read accounts of happenings in other towns within the space of two or three days.
This was a time, it must be remembered, when most news traveled by wire, or by railroad, and unless there was a critical need for residents of one region to have news of another, the expense of wiring such news was avoided. This is perfectly understandable in light of the fact that this was a time before sophisticated machinery, especially sophisticated flying machinery was common, or even, for that matter, known.
It would be six years before the Wright Brothers would take their first, halting, leap above the ground, and the dirigible airships of such pioneers as the Count von Zeplein, were in the very early stages of development, a continent and an ocean away. Certainly no native of East , Central or South Texas had ever seen such an object. It is highly unlikely that very many of them had even heard of such things. The point, is this. The residents of Aquila , Hillsboro , Merkel , Jossarand, Nacogdoches , Swift and Aurora , would describe what they saw in terms that they understood, and could relate to.
Likewise, any form of line, tie-down or connector would be described as a rope, cable or line. Imagine how anyone living today might describe an object from a thousand years or, or so, in our own future. It is also worthwhile, at this point, to repeat the fact that people of this time and place, late 19th Century Texas , were extremely conservative in nature, skeptical by necessity, and most unlikely to take off on flights of fancy. Unlike today, when, as one must admit, such accounts are commonly hoaxed as an attempt to gain attention and momentary fame, this simply would not have been the case in Some evidence, however, does endure to the present day.
The original article, reporting the Aurora Incident, as written in , in the April 19th edition of the Dallas Morning News reads as follows: Choron August 5, Aurora Encounter Forum: Dudley is the person who donated the family cemetery to the town of Aurora.
My great grandmother, Robbie Reynolds, was the 91 year old person that so many of the online articles mention as having been interviewed in the 's. As much as I wish the whole story were true, the fact of the matter is, it's not. My great-grandmother and I were very close. She said that the whole story was a hoax, and the original interview included that.
I'm not sure how the story went from her saying it was a hoax to the story that her parents went to check out the situation, and wouldn't allow her to go. In your article you mention that most people of the time were illiterate.
I know for sure that my great-grandmother and her mother and father could read and write very well. I also know that Robbie Townsend, the woman for whom my great grandmother was named, was a teacher. I know the truth isn't nearly as cool as the stories that have been told for the last years. I just wanted to set the story straight. I spent eight hours searching at the cemetery where the alien is supposed to be buried and found nary a grave. Even if the headstone had been stolen you would think that some one would put something in it's place so people would at least know where he is buried.
Plus it is said that photos exist of the headstone but none are ever posted on the internet. We have an eyewitness account that is completely false. The great granddaughter of the woman who supposedly witnessed it said that her grandmother had said it was a hoax at the time she was interviewed but instead it said she is quoted as saying she remember it happening as though it was real.
As for the newspaper article in the Dallas Morning News I have searched their archives and no such article exists or was ever written. The only thing about Aurora in that days paper is the farm report. Also mentioned is the city's town square. Unless it was totally demolished in the last few years it doesn't exist either.
I drove every road in and out of town and at some point I would have found the town square but never did. This is a very small town. If traveling on highway you pass through the town in about 2: I doubt one could miss a town square.
The newspaper article in all websites but two I've seen credit it to a E. Hayden and on the other two the say it was written by a S. Haydon who was an amateur writer who wrote the story as a fictional account to help revitalize a dying community. I never found signs of an old military airfield although there is a road in town that is called old base road which seems to [suggest] there was some sort of base in the area.
The town doesn't seem to be laid out in base fashion - it just looks like a very small country town with a population of No town to speak of - just farms and houses no main street or town square.
If any one can give me better geographic info I would be glad to go out there again and see what I can find because I could never find the "old Proctor place.