Benfield's 2013 Travels travel blog

Mary with the aliens

Sculpture of Mac Brazel in the debris field

Representation of crashed saucer

Newspaper account of the crash discovery

One of the military involved in the clean-up of the crash site

Another witness to some of the events of July 1947

Another man's story

And another...

A witness to crash survivors

One of many affidavits to some of the events in July 1947...

Transport vehicle

The undertaker's story

The rest of his story

A re-created sketch of the aliens brought to the RAAF base hospital

The nurse on duty at the base hospital

The description of an unusual I-beam from the crash debris

Statements made on "Unsolved Mysteries" TV show

The story of the I-Beam

Statement of Jesse Marcel Jr.

He saw the bodies

Bizarre cover story from the Air Force

Life-sized diorama of aliens with their craft

Mary visited with them too

The aliens

Poster from documentary of crash incident

Mysterious sightings

Pictures of alien flying craft

UFO displays at the museum

More displays

Pictures from around the world of "flying saucers"

UFO picture taken from a truck window

Photo taken by William Rhodes in Phoenix, AZ July 7, 1947 and...

Picture of UFO on display at the museum

Rock art of Mongollon and Anasazi ancient peoples suggesting previous visits by...

Signs around crash area

Diorama of hospital scene based on witness statements

After leaving Gallup, NM, the quickest route to South Texas took us to Roswell, NM. We found a nice RV park on the south side of town and decided to spend two nights so we'd have a day to look around town.

We couldn’t stay in Roswell, New Mexico, without visiting the International UFO Museum and Research Center. This museum contains documents and other materials related to the 1947 Roswell incident which is probably the most famous UFO encounter in history. On July 4, 1947 at about 11:50 PM, Rancher Mac Brazel heard a loud noise different from thunder. The next day Brazel, accompanied by his neighbor’s son Dee Proctor, age 7, discovered the debris field while out working the ranch property. It was an area about 300 yards wide and three-quarters of a mile long. The two of them gathered what was described as a sackful of the stuff (debris). Brazel delivered the gathered materials to Sheriff Wilcox in Roswell who called Intelligence Officer Jesse Marcel. Marcel went with Brazel back to the ranch and investigated the site and showed some of the debris to his boss, Col. Blanchard, Roswell Army Airfield (RAAF) commander.

Meanwhile, Glenn Dennis a local undertaker, was contacted by RAAF personnel about supplying child-sized caskets that could be hermetically sealed. He was also asked about preserving bodies that had been exposed to the elements after death and the effects of embalming fluid on such bodies. While on a routine visit to the base hospital later that day, Dennis was abruptly and roughly escorted off the base by military police and told to keep quiet about what he’d seen under threat to his life. It wasn’t long before the military issued a press release claiming the “craft” had been a weather balloon and thus began one of the biggest government cover-ups in US history up to that time.

According to its mission statement, “The International UFO Museum and Research Center at Roswell, New Mexico was organized to inform the public about what has come to be known as “The Roswell Incident.” The Museum is... dedicated to the collection and preservation of materials and information in written, audio and visual formats that are related to the 1947 Roswell Incident and other unexplained phenomena related to UFO research. The Museum endeavors to be the leading information source in history, science and research about UFO events worldwide. The International UFO Museum’s constituents are committed to gathering and disbursing to all interested parties the most qualified and up to date information available.” One of the museum’s principal founders was Glenn Dennis, the former undertaker involved in some of the events.

There are countless eyewitness affidavits attesting to the events of July 1947 and you can’t leave there without feeling we’re not alone in the universe. Not all those people could be “UFO-nuts.” One area of the museum is devoted to pictures from all around the world of unexplained and unidentified craft in the skies. It is a “don’t-miss” point of interest in Roswell.

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