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Aurora Texas UFO Crash of 1897 and Alien Grave

Updated on March 28, 2012

Aurora UFO Crash 1897

The Aurora UFO case of 1897. A UFO hit a Judges windmill crashing and killing the UFO's occupants.
The Aurora UFO case of 1897. A UFO hit a Judges windmill crashing and killing the UFO's occupants.

Aurora UFO Crash

A cigar shaped airship crashed into a Judges Windmill in April 1897 killing it's alien pilot which the townspeople buried. They disposed of the debris in the well that sat beneath the windmill.
A cigar shaped airship crashed into a Judges Windmill in April 1897 killing it's alien pilot which the townspeople buried. They disposed of the debris in the well that sat beneath the windmill.

The Marker from the Aurora Cemetery


The Aurora Texas UFO of 1897

Story By: Cow Flipper

One spring morning in April 1897 above the small town of Aurora Texas a craft from out of this world smashed into a windmill on a Judge's land. Not only did an alien craft crash but it's pilot a creature described by an army officer from Fort Worth Texas as "Not of this world, and a Martian" supposedly died in the impact. The Judge who's property the craft crashed into and on was a Judge J.S. Proctor. The people of Aurora buried the pilot "with Christian rites" at the Aurora Cemetery. The actual grave was marked with a stone showing a cigar shaped craft with portholes in the center but was stolen from the cemetery.

The cemetery now has a sign which shows that the Texas Historical Commission Marks the spot as worth mentioning. The sign gives notable historical references to the Civil War and other following conflicts but also references the UFO crash in 1897 and the following troubles the town was plagued with after throwing the craft debris into the well under the windmill the craft crashed into. Also the purchase of the property by Brawley Oates in 1945 and his debilitating case of arthritis which he blamed on the contaminated water that came from the properties well. Oates sealed the well in 1957 with a concrete slab and put up a shack on top of it.

The Historical Monument About the Crash and Alien Pilot

Plaque of the Aurora Cemetery

Located in Aurora Cemetery is the gravestone of the infant Nellie Burris (1891-1893) with its often-quoted epitaph; "As I was so soon done, I don't know why I was begun." this site is also well known because of the legend that a spaceship crashed nearby in 1897 and the pilot, killed in the crash, was buried here.

Dallas Morning News Article

The News Paper Article from the Dallas Morning News.
The News Paper Article from the Dallas Morning News.

1897 News Article written by S. E. Haydon, reporter for the Dallas Morning News

"About 6 o'clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country. It was traveling due north and much nearer the earth than before.

"Evidently some of the machinery was out of order, for it was making a speed of only ten or twelve miles an hour, and gradually settling toward the earth. It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor's windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge's flower garden."

"The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world."

UFO Grave Stone

The stolen headstone at the Aurora Cemetery Texas.
The stolen headstone at the Aurora Cemetery Texas.

A Controversy

The Alien Grave:

In June of 1973 on the 14th someone or a group of people went into the cemetery in the wee hours of the morning and took the tombstone which had a crudely carved cigar shaped UFO on it's face. The stone marked the resting place of the pilot. Not only did they take the headstone but they also used a long, slender, pointed saw to probe the ground where the headstone stood where metal fragments have been in the ground at the grave. One investigator said, "If they went that far they knew what they were after and also must have tried to get a specimen of the occupant's body, clothing or something to identify him by. The grave robbery was handled in a very professional manner.

A Last Ditch Effort:

It has been said this entire incident and all the stuff involved was a hoax. The hoax theory arose when Barbara Brammer a former mayor of Aurora researched the case through the Aurora historical society and found that the town had suffered months of tragic events prior to the UFO crash. The local cotton crop was laid to waste by a boll weevil infestation, then a fire burned down the towns west side killing towns folk, it was then that the town was hit by a spotted fever epidemic. The final nail in the towns coffin was when the railroad bypassed the town leaving the people of Aurora in a very bad spot without revenue or crops. So it been said that the judge may have been trying to save the town by making up this UFO crash story to drum up tourism and draw people who may have wanted to come see the town where an airship crashed. It is interesting that this incident happened during the height of the famous airship flap of the later 1800's. But perhaps this airship was the same airship that was seen at the time and this was the airships final resting place.

In Closing:

Whether it was a hoax or a real incident the Aurora UFO case is a great story full of high strangeness and intrigue. Thanks for reading this article.


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    • Buck Remington profile image

      Jon Peloquin 

      3 years ago

      So how long before the reports become to much to hide?

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      joseph de la torre 

      6 years ago

      I can't wait for the world to comes to the realization that there are other worlds out there that do exist with intelligent life. And have visit earth for thousands of years. Just because we can't travel to other worlds doesn't mean they can't.

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      Sparkster Publishing 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      It should be noted that the government also denied that there was ever a windmill at the site but it was documented on UFO Hunters, they did their own investigation and actually found evidence that there was in fact a windmill there so the government were lying.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Amazing story! I've never heard of this incident, and I've lived in Texas for many decades. Wow. And here I thought Austin was weird. Great job of documenting the story for us, Cow Flipper. Thanks for a compelling read. Voted up and interesting.

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      You read right, in my humble opinion of course. Recently there was a small granite slab(tombstone like) discovered, or re-discovered, in the southern Appalachians. Estimated by experts at the very least one hundred years old and probably much older. Has an Alien looking face on it and nothing else.

    • Cow Flipper profile imageAUTHOR

      Sean Jankowski 

      6 years ago from Southern Oregon

      I read that as well. Not sure what is conjecture and what is fact. But I wouldn't put it past the gov. to take the initiative. Thanks for the recognition.

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Good coverage of the subject cow flipper. Once it was known investigators were going there a special unit went in before and, uh, lets just say got what they were after. Finis.


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