Roswell, New Mexico, Home of the 1947 Alien Crash Landing

Little grey aliens crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, but it was in Carlsbad Caverns just an hour away where we saw a landscape so alien that it was like visiting another planet. We spent a couple of days each in Roswell and Carlsbad.

I must confess that I wasn’t all that eager to visit Roswell because it wasn’t as if we’d see an actual replica of the crashed flying saucer, or real-life replicas of the aliens themselves. I held no expectations whatsoever for the International UFO Museum Research Center beyond a repetition of the same information that we’ve seen on television so many times.

Was I ever surprised!

I was so moved by the personal affidavits from witnesses after the Roswell crash that I left the museum in tears. These were men and women who either saw something first-hand, or were repeating what they’d heard from eyewitnesses before the big cover-up started. Some were military speaking out at great risk.

It’s always been real, and I’ve never once doubted that an alien flying saucer crash-landed. I’ve never doubted that an alien was left alive. And yet somehow, visiting the museum made it all the more real. I don’t know how to explain it since it was already very real.

You have to understand that this is very personal for me. I’ve been an abductee/experiencer since I was a toddler in the late 1950s, if not before, and the visitations have continued throughout my entire life. I believe that other family members have been involved as well including extended family, though nobody fesses up to it. They might not even know.

What I remember are the greys which I experienced as a child, long before their faces hit the public airways, long before computers and the internet and cable TV, long before cell phones and cordless phones where everybody has seen what they look like. I saw them before their faces became public knowledge.

Mine weren’t actually grey in color, but the physique and faces were a perfect match. They had spongy mushroom-like skin — and they were my childhood monsters. Bizarre encounters left me feeling strangely drugged afterwards, but this was my “normal” having begun so early in life. I had no idea that other kids didn’t experience the same things, nor did I even think in those terms or even wonder about it. It was more like, “Oh, it’s THIS again.”

Sometimes I was eager, and other times I was utterly terrified. I liken the early years to the scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind where the little boy runs out after the flying saucer with his face lit up with pure joy saying, “Toys! Toys!” At one point as a child, I fully expected to “go away with them” and never come back, leaving my Mom behind.

None of the alien representations in the museum were a perfect match for my aliens, and I’m not sure they were even meant to be exact replicas any more than the diorama of the saucer crash, so it was the countless affidavits by witnesses that so moved me. There were just too many to read them all so I took photos to read them later and was stunned at the level of detail that you never hear about such as small suction cups on the pads of their fingers.

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  • One name in particular stood out as his last name was identical to my birth name except for a spelling differential, and I wondered if we were related. I was unable to find a family link in the genealogical data that I sleuthed on him, but still, it sent goose-bumps down my arms to think that a man involved with the alien bodies might have been related to me.

    The Roswell UFO museum also features eyewitness sketches of extraterrestrials, notable personal experiences (being close encounters of the 3rd and 4th kind), many more newspaper articles than you see online, information on mass UFO sightings, implant information, sketches of extraterrestrial hieroglyphics, dioramas, and photographs of the many people who were involved in the Roswell UFO crash incident. If you visit Roswell, make sure to devote some time to this museum, it’s well worth the effort.

    Around the corner from the museum is the Roswell Space Center whose claim to fame is the black-light walk through. If you enjoy glow-in-the-dark and black-light imagery from the 1960s and 1970s, then this one is definitely for you. It’s not very big and you’ll go through it pretty quickly, but it only costs a couple of bucks and it’s colorful and fun. They also have an alien gift shop.

    Street lights at this intersection feature alien heads for globes, and most of the walls have murals painted on them. Alien statues abound and alien t-shirt shops will not disappoint, but we did expect Roswell in general to be a lot more alien-oriented than it actually was. The extraterrestrial quarter appeared to be limited to a single intersection and beyond that, a few statues greeted us but most of the businesses were ordinary — as in no big alien presence. Even in Roswell, little grey aliens are the red-headed stepchildren ignored by most businesses.

    Another notable Roswell attraction is the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art which features unusual pieces of eclectic art including sharks hanging from the ceiling made out of golf bags. This art is not your standard fare — it’s unusual and colorful.

    We visited the Roswell Historical Center Museum of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico. This is a 1912 prairie schooner house built in the same year that New Mexico became a state, fully decorated with period pieces for its era. For lack of time, we did not visit the adjacent archives filled with antique books and maps, rare photos, and other historical offerings.

    If you’re into antiques, you’ll appreciate the antique stove, ice box, sink, phone, Victrola, organ, hand-held appliances, clothes washing wringer and tub, kids’ toys, and a pantry full of antique tins and boxes such as Armour’s Star Pure Lard and Monsoon Coffee.

    The medicine cabinet boasted Vegetable Oil Soap, Blue-jay Corn Plasters, Children’s Croup Syrup, Tooth Ache Wax, Gypsy Cream, and other assorted medicaments.

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  • We ate lunch at Lemon Grass thai restaurant which was comfortable, quiet, and had excellent food although service was a bit slow and our server wasn’t very observant. For dinner we went to Pecos Winery & Bistro which featured beer and wine brewed in New Mexico, plus a gift shop.

    Their sandwich selection was excellent, as was their berry pink mint lemonade. We expected this to be a full sit-down restaurant where they waited on us, but instead we ordered food in one room from menus on the wall, and then went into the winery and sat down where cocktail servers waited on us for drinks. The food was brought to us in the winery after ordering. We enjoyed both restaurants, having found them via other people’s recommendations online.

    The most surprising aspect of Roswell is how depressed it is in some areas, including right around our rental house which was very disconcerting. It was as if we’d rented a pretty little house surrounded by a war zone. We were quite a ways southwest of the alien intersection.

    Perhaps we landed on the wrong end of town, but we genuinely felt sad for the people who lived in the depressed neighborhoods, and sad about the many shuttered businesses in what we expected to be a thriving tourist destination. And yet curiously, Help Wanted signs abounded.

    All in all, we wish we’d allotted more days in Carlsbad and less in Roswell because we didn’t get to see all of the Carlsbad sights that we wanted to see which have their own blog post.

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    Follow along with us as we share our travels through these great United States and beyond. In the meantime, join me on a very personal journey with Alien Nightmares: Screen Memories of UFO Alien Abductions. Experience my memories and dreams relating to personal experiences with extraterrestrials, along with the little-known UFO flaps from the time periods which swept me up into an extraterrestrial neverland of high strangeness.

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