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Monday, February 12, 2007

Buried Far From Home

An airship crashed into a windmill in Aurora, Wise County, Texas, the morning of April 17, 1897. An article in the Dallas Morning News reported that its place of origin was extraterrestrial.

The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one on board, and while his remains are badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.
The article closed with, "The pilot's funeral will take place at noon to-morrow." I'd love to have been a fly on the wall at that funeral.

Some years later, the Texas Historical Commission placed a marker at the entrance to the town cemetery, which mentioned that "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." According to this page, the alien was buried beneath a round rock (since stolen) under the limb of an oak tree.

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