Around the 1800’s, America saw a flurry of extraterrestrial discovery including Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio; Joseph Smith’s findings of the golden plates of Moroni in Palmyra, New York; the thunderbird sightings in Tombstone, Arizona and Laguna del Diablo in California; and the James Lumley crash sighting in Cadotte Pass in Great Falls, Montana. But one of the most interesting events that took place was the crash of an airship into a windmill in Aurora, Texas.
The cigar shaped air craft had been sighted numerous times flying across Texas over the past few months, but on April 17, 1897 it had run out of steam. Many of the townspeople witnessed it flying across the public square of the small town of Aurora at a slower than normal speed, as it appeared to have mechanical trouble. Eventually, it crashed into the windmill owned by Judge J.S. Proctor and burst into flames. It was reported in a brief article in the Dallas Morning News by S.E Hayden, but didn’t get much exposure at the time.
The townspeople that viewed the crash site claimed there was a badly charred pilot that had died in the crash that was not an inhabitant of Earth. In his possession were documents inscribed with hieroglyphics. The pilot was given a proper Christian burial in the local cemetery and the town went back to their daily lives leaving the story strangely forgotten for nearly a hundred years.