1897 ASTRONAUT: THE MYSTERY UFO CRASH IN AURORA, TEXAS
By Jesse Castaneda, Jr.
There were no planes back in 1897, but there were UFO's or "great airships', as people back then called them. These so-called "great airships" were seen quite frequently by the average person. In the late 1800's sightings were on the rise all across America, but one incident turn the small community of Aurora, Texas into a UFO phenomenon and a national headline story. Even before Roswell and even before the Wright Brothers invented the airplane, a "great airship" crashed on Texas terrain.
The date was April 19, 1897, and as the story unfolded, an unidentified flying object came whirling down and crashing on a windmill and on the land of Judge J.S. Proctor at 6:00 am local time.
Being how people in small communities were back then, they tried to aid the pilot, but he was badly burned and disfigured and died instantly. The debris of the "great airship" was scattered all over Judge Proctor's land. On the following morning, debris or "strange metal" was picked up by people and examined. This strange metal was described by the local townspeople as a mixture of aluminum and silver. There was A U.S. Army Signal officer in Aurora, Texas at the time who had some authority in astronomy. The Signal Corps was authorized as a separate branch of the Army and their main duty was to manage communication and information systems support for the command and control of armed forces. He explained that the record log found on the pilot could not be deciphered because the writings were of strange hieroglyphics, and so he assumed that the pilot could only come from Mars. Why Mars? The closest planet to earth is Venus and is the third brightest object in the night sky. Only the moon and sun are brighter. Even in 1897, the planet Mars received recognition for alien habitation. Intriguing, indeed.
According to the reports of the time, the pilot was buried about two days later in a proper Christian burial. A headstone that had been made for the pilot was engraved with the words “not of this world” - the headstone was stolen around the 1970’s.
When years went by, Judge Proctor sold the land to Mr. Brawley Oates in 1945. Since some of the debris was thrown in the nearby water well, Mr. Brawley Oates had developed disfigurement and later died, this was the result of radiation caused by drinking the water from the well. Radiation in 1897? If this flying machine that came tumbling from space did not exist, then radiation should not have shown up.
Was all this a joke from a reporter to bring attention to a dying town? Who knows? When the incident occurred a doctor by the name of E. Etuart from Ennis, Ellis County, Texas who was an authority of metaphysics stated, “it could have been hypnotism and bad whiskey”. A doctor in metaphysics? It’s like telling a minister that you saw an angel from heaven, and he in return responds back with an incredulous response such as, “You were hallucinating child, call your doctor.” An actual testimony from Dr. E. Etuart’s own eyes may have swayed the ol’ metaphysics doctor to imbibe on some of that ol’ bad whiskey, too. Of course, a tale is a tale until the evidence is before you.
Some years ago, scientists examined and analyzed a metal object that the holder claimed was from "the great spaceship" that crashed in Aurora, Texas. It turned out to be not of earthly origins. One of the most accurate description of the Aurora Incident could be described in a 1897 newspaper clippings from the actual reporter that covered the story. Below is the article that turned Aurora, Texas into the first "Roswell". You be the judge.
A Windmill Demolishes It
Dallas Morning NewsAbout 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. Mr. T.J. Weems, the U.S. Army Signal Service officer at this place and an authority on astronomy gives it as his opinion that the pilot was a native of the planet Mars. Papers found on his person, evidently the records of his travels, are written in some unknown hieroglyphics and cannot be deciphered. This ship was too badly wrecked to form any conclusion as to its construction or motive power. It was built of an unknown metal, resembling somewhat a mixture of aluminum and silver, and it must have weighed several tons. The town is today full of people who are viewing the wreckage and gathering specimens of strange metal from the debris. The pilot's funeral will take place tomorrow.
For a description/drawings of the 1897 pilot and further information, check the investigative video out at presencianews.net