The Roswell UFO incident was long disputed since it happened, 66 years ago, on 7th July 1947. To bring it to our attention, today Google displays an alien crush themed Google doodle.
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The Roswell UFO incident took place when an airborne object crashed in New Mexico, near a ranch in the town of Roswell. Many controversies were born since then. Some say it was attributed to the US Army, some that the object was indeed alien, etc. This happened because officials gave poor public reports and people began to speculate.
A lot of witnesses appeared since then, each with his own version of the incident.
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Everyone is talking about the Roswell UFO incident, but what about the city?
The now-Roswell city was established in 1865 by a group of pioneers from Missouri. They called it Missouri Plaza.There were also many hispanic settlers from Lincoln.
At the time, John Chisum was the one to own the biggest ranch in the area, the Jingle Bob Ranch. In 1869, a couple more buildings appeared in town: the general store, post office and an inn for travelers.
In 1871, Van C. Smith and Aaron Wilburn, his partner, claimed most of the land in Roswell. Smith became the city’s first postmaster. Being the son of a notorious lawyer in Lafayette, Indiana, Roswell Smith, Van C. Smith named the city Roswell, after his father’s name.
The city kept expanding even more. In 1893, a railroad was built in the area.
During World War II, a prison was set near Roswell, for prisoners of war. Many works were made by these prisoners: pavings, buildings, etc. They used stone to build an iron cross around the North bank, cross that was covered with concrete short after. In 1980, it was revealed again, by removing the concrete.
The place was called the Iron Cross Park, but in 1996, it was changed into POW/MIA Park.
In the 1930’s, Roswell was the place where Robert Goddard developed his rocketry work. It was also a very important place to the US Army between 1941 and 1957, after which it returned to its peaceful living.
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In 2012, Felix Baumgartner took his extraordinary record-breaking skydive from outer space (39 km) in Roswell.
What else can we see in Roswell except alien-themed stuff?
- Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
- Roswell Museum and Art Center
- Historical Center for Southwest New Mexico
- White Stately Home
- Robert H Goddard Planetarium:
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- Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge
- Spring River Park and Zoo
- Cahoon Park
- New Mexico Military Institute
- Bottomless Lakes State Park
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- Roswell Community Little Theatre
- Roswell Symphony Orchestra
- International UFO Museum and Research Center:
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I would have been thrilled to be there at the time of the Roswell UFO Incident. How about you?
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