A Strange Unearthly Ranch

Sketch of Multicolored UFO by Marnia Wormus

A Strange Unearthly Ranch

Nearly 30 years ago I had the privilege of being one of a group of three visitors invited to witness UFO activity on Pat McGuire's ranch east of Bosler, Wyoming. Bosler has a population of 8 people. East of Bosler has more antelope than people. That is where McGuire's high-country barley ranch (with some cattle) was located. This rancher had reported cattle multilations all during the 1970s. He had been interviewed by Professor Leo Sprinkle, a paranormal psychologist whose speciality was studying UFO abduictees, at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. My former Graduate student, Greg Bean, worked as a reporter for the Casper Star Tribune. He suggested to me that he would arrange a visit to the McGuire ranch and bring along a photographer." Would I like to come along," he asked. "Sure," I said.

His front page article in the Sunday, June 29, 1980 issue of The Casper Star-Tribune deftly reports details of our late night observance of strange objects blinking in the sky and gyrating in impossible patterns up and down and sideways as though they were putting on a show for us at 3 am. The show lasted for perhaps 5 minutes or so. But what happened previous to this display of agility and speed and blinking colors was not reported as it might have been too unbelievable for newspaper readers.

We three arrived at this lonely ranch with all of McGuire's family constituting a population greater than the town of Bosler and with more antelope than humans to boot. We decided to set up our tents on a prairie ridge overlooking his trailer house, well and utility buildings so that we would have an unobstructed view.

We chatted with all of his children who had seen UFO's hovering right over their trailer house and small calves being lifted up into the spacecraft. Pat later explained that he thought that the ufolk (as he called them) wanted to examine cow organs for radioactive pollution caused by humans and their incessant testing of weapons. He asked us to stay put up there on the ridge line because you never know what you might see. Well we brewed some coffee and sat outside our tents and noticed a dust devil forming way out by Bosler. In the meantime odd gusts of wind played strange tunes as they whistled through our exterior tent poles. Weird clouds formed to the east resembling bearded human figures like something out of biblical times. These clouds hovered over us all afternoon.

The dust devil snaked its way slowly toward the McGuire ranch and finally came right up the prairie ridge to knock down one of our tents! We quickly set up the tent again to have gusts of wind play strange tunes with our tent poles. Again another dust devil formed way out by Bosler. It snaked its way toward us and came up the ridge to knock down our tent for the second time. We were getting mad. We set up the tent again and a third dust devil formed. This time all three iof us stood up and held on to the tent. The third dust devil snaked its way right up to us and lifted the three of us off our feet and we rolled down the other side of the ridge, rolling in canvas. We laughed out loud saying McGuire's UFOs are made of canvas!

I thought to myself if ufolk really exist they sure as hell have a sense of humor. We had some supper and continued talking with Pat until it became dark but nothing else happened until 3 am when a five-minute dance of multicolored UFOs took place. Pat insisted that they deliberately put on a show for us. Their gyrations were so quick and erratic that Richard, the photographer, could never quite get a focus on them.The next day we thanked the McGuires and returned to Laramie to my house for lunch. My wife Maura said that we all looked very strange and distant. She had never seen three people who quite behaved as we did as though we were from some other planet. It took us all afternoon to regain our composure from this visit to a strange, unearthly ranch. The remains of this ranch currently lay beyond a barbed wire enclosure with no trespassing signs.


Back in the 1980s, we visited Pat MGuire's ranch east of Bosler, Wyoming in the Laramie Plains. We experienced incredibly unusual happenings during our stay including three dust devils in a row that came up a prairie ridge above his ranch that flattened our tent.

P.S. I might add that as I typed this article weird things happened that caused the computer to stop in its tracks in the middle of a number of sentences. It took me three times as long to type.

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow! This was fascinating! I hope NASA isn't trying to keep you from writing this one ;) No, but seriously, I enjoyed reading this. I've seen two UFOs my entire life and in each instance, they at first were stationary--hovering in the night sky--and in another, just took off just as fast as you can shoot a rubber-band across a room. UFOs are real...Whether or not they are extra-terrestial is a matter on its own.

Thanks for sharing this, juneaukid.

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juneaukid 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks, Dohn 121, for sharing your sightings as well. The late Pat McGuire thought ufolk were from another dimension, perhaps even our distant descendants.

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Well, that was interesting and a joy to read. Did you ever find out why it is under barb-wire? Thank you, juneaukid, for writing and sharing. There are definitely unexplained and unexplainable happenings in this world.

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juneaukid 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Hey Hello, Hello It's under barbed wire because the ranch was foreclosed a number of years ago.

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sweetie1 7 years ago from India

Thanks for nice hub and UFO well to us Indians it was like some American plot atleast that's what our teacher told us when we were kids.. I really don't know if UFO realy exists

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Richard, I love your hubs about the cool trips you take, and this little campout takes the cake. So weird. I love weird. You are living large out there, Richard!

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks, Dolores. Some of these things go back a number of years, but even today we drove up to 8,700 feet for a wee ramble in the gorgeous high country.

Bonnie 6 years ago

Was John Tricas there watching the UFO activity also?

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Not that I am aware of

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Wow! This was a fantastic story. You were so lucky to be invited. Next time I want to go. lol

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks for your comment, Granny's House

Marnia Wormus He Sapa 4 years ago

Hello. When did I make this sketch? I certainly don't recall it. M.

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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

The Casper Sar had you down as the artist for an article written by Greg Bean back in the 1980's.

Marnia again 4 years ago

Wow. just don't recall at all. Thanks very much for the credit. Marnia

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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Marnia,you are more than welcome

unclebluehorse 4 years ago

I was there in July of 1980 had a similar experience.

unclebluehorse@msn.com 4 years ago

I still have the transcripts from our hypnosis session with Dr Sprinkle

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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

I think I still have transcripts as well. Thanks unclebluehorse. Do you still have the whirlwind chaser?

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Not sure what that is?

unclebluehorse@msn.com 4 years ago

Was John Tricas part of a film crew?

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juneaukid 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Hey unclebluehorse, It's a kachina doll. A guy named Richard was part of the film crew

Bonnie McGuire 19 months ago

Evidently John Tricas did the television profile. On October 21, 2009 I received this email from John Tricas regarding his experience with Pat along with a couple of nice photos of Pat and his family that he took in 1980.

Ms. McGuire-

Came across your family recollections regarding Pat McGuire of Wyoming.

Thought you might wish to know that I did a television profile on Mr. McGuire back in 1980 and am very familiar with Pat and his story. I have little doubt that Pat was having legitimate UFO experiences as I and my cameraman did see some very unusual aerial phenomena at the property. (I am aware of the later bizarre claims he was making and didn’t agree with his interpretations. But that doesn’t take away from other events.)

I am currently writing a manuscript that includes my experience at Pat’s and wondered if you still have copies of The Casper Star-Tribune articles from 9/28/80 and 6/2/83. I have the 6/29/80 article. (I can send you a digital copy if you would like.)

Great family Web site. That’s a nice tribute to the McGuire clan.

Best regards,


John F. Tricas__

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juneaukid 19 months ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Hi Bonnie, I guess Tricas could get the Casper Star article by going to their webpage and like on to archives. Thanks for letting me know of his activities and I wish you all the best, Richard Fleck

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