The Roswell Incident

The events of July 1947 forever changed Roswell, New Mexico. The city, once a sleepy pit stop for cowboys driving cattle, has become synonymous with UFOs and extraterrestrials.

Now, when you visit, you’re greeted with little green men, promoting everything from hotels, to restaurants, to stores.

Seventy years ago, a rancher named W.W. Mack Brazel checked his sheep after a thunderstorm and found debris made of a strange metal scattered in many directions. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Seventy years ago, a rancher named W.W. Mack Brazel checked his sheep after a thunderstorm and found debris made of a strange metal scattered in many directions. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

But what do we actually know about the Roswell Incident? Any established facts seem to have been buried in theories and speculation. It’s natural to wonder if we’re alone in the Universe. But to decide what we believe, we need all the information, and that is housed in the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell.

The 1947 Roswell Incident is what put Roswell on the map and the town’s UFO attractions, events, and shops do not disappoint. With a thriving downtown, a variety of recreational activities, fun attractions, and tons of lodging and camping options, today’s Roswell is a great place for visitors to have some fun of their own.

The UFO Museum and International Research Center is located in the old Plains Theater on North Main in downtown Roswell. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The UFO Museum and International Research Center is located in the old Plains Theater on North Main in downtown Roswell. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

According to Will Rogers, Roswell was the prettiest little town in the west. Money magazine has called it one of the 10 most peaceful places to retire. Hugh Bayless, in his book, The Best Towns in America, listed Roswell as one of the 50 most desirable communities in which to live.

Roswell now is becoming known for its Downtown Historic District, which was created by the Historic Society for Southeast New Mexico. It was named to the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1985, along with the campus of New Mexico Military Institute, several outlying ranches, and Chihuahuita, probably the oldest settlement in the Roswell area.

The UFO Museum contains exhibits and information about the Roswell Incident, UFO sightings in general, and other related phenomena. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The UFO Museum contains exhibits and information about the Roswell Incident, UFO sightings in general, and other related phenomena. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The International UFO Museum and International Research Center in downtown Roswell, which bills itself as having the world’s largest UFO research library, has hosted more than 2 million visitors since opening in 1991.

The UFO Museum contains exhibits and information about the Roswell Incident, UFO sightings in general, and other related phenomena.

Its walls are filled with detailed exhibits examining the Roswell Incident and beyond. Radio broadcasts from 1947 repeat the sensational story. A gallery of UFO-themed artwork lines the wall facing an actual alien corpse. In reality, the skinny gray guy on a hospital gown is from the made-for-Showtime movie aptly named Roswell.

“…In early July 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell” © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“…In early July 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell” © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Museum offers lectures and events throughout the year and an “out-of-this-world” gift shop.

Hours can easily be spent pouring through the neatly organized photos, dioramas, murals, and texts. But a quick trip through the highlights will do for most.

In July 1947, something happened northwest of Roswell, during a severe thunderstorm.
Was it a flying saucer? Was it a weather balloon? What happened?

The UFO Museum helps you explore this UFO Incident, as well as other UFO incidents and sightings.

Crashed Flying Saucer? An Alien Base at Area 51? The story of the Roswell Incident has it all— UFOs, the Majestic-12 government conspiracy, alien bodies, cover-ups, a missing nurse… the stuff of legends.  But like all popular legends, there are as many versions as there are storytellers.

The UFO Museum contains exhibits and information about the Roswell Incident, UFO sightings in general, and other related phenomena. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The UFO Museum contains exhibits and information about the Roswell Incident, UFO sightings in general, and other related phenomena. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Truth about Roswell may be “out there”, but it has been shrouded by faulty and conflicting memories, hoaxes- and sometimes, deliberate lies.

In July of 1947, an unknown object mysteriously crashed in the remote New Mexico desert… The recovered wreckage from the incident was brought to the Roswell Army Air Field, and the Roswell Daily Record newspaper reported that a “flying saucer” had been captured! Was it an alien craft, a secret government experiment, a daring high altitude balloon, or something else?

Decades of controversy and conspiracy have made Roswell, New Mexico the epicenter of UFO discussion and UFO culture.

Come seek out the truth and have some fun yourself, as the 71st Anniversary Roswell UFO Festival, July 6-8, 2018. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Come seek out the truth and have some fun yourself, as the 71st Anniversary Roswell UFO Festival, July 6-8, 2018. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

And for over 20 years running, Roswell’s residents have made commemorating “The Roswell UFO Crash” an annual celebration! Literally thousands of truth-and fun!-seekers descend on Roswell every year from all around the world.

Come seek out the truth and have some fun yourself, as the 71st Anniversary Roswell UFO Festival, July 6-8, 2018.

So—what is the truth? Well, visit Roswell and judge for yourself.

Worth Pondering…

Well, at least my mom knows what species I am.

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