Roswell Alien Attraction Autopsy!
Roswell, New Mexico
RoadsideAmerica.com's Totally Alien Round-Up
Roswell's unearthly glow as a tourist destination comes from an apparently limitless power source -- the power of an idea. The notion that saucers full of aliens nosedived near town -- and then the government covered it up -- is urban legend radiation that just won't decay. Documents declassified by the FBI further fuel conspiracy theories about non-humans in spacesuits. Were the nut cases right all along?
From a tourism perspective, it really doesn't matter. Roswell is the Earth's most famous UFO crash site.
Roswell became an essentially one-reason-to-visit town on July 8, 1947, when a local paper reported that William "Mac" Brazel had found pieces of a flying saucer scattered across a nearby ranch. He later retracted his story (under the usual suspicious circumstances) and all of the evidence vanished, supposedly carted away to some secret place like Area 51 or the Pentagon basement.
It took decades for Roswell to accept its heritage. It still hasn't, exactly; large signs in town declare Roswell "Dairy Capital of the Southwest" but do not mention flying saucers. Some people insist they visit for the Chili Festival, or to see America's largest mozzarella factory (It's southeast of town on Omaha Rd).
Several UFO business-owners told us that conservative Roswell has always feared that "crazy people" would overrun the town, even as local franchises of Wal-Mart and KFC happily enlivened their exteriors with extraterrestrial photo-ops.
Pat Jennings at the Roswell Space Center had a different explanation for Roswell's unease. "Half the people in town still have pieces of spacecraft, inherited from grandpa," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if someone still has an alien in a freezer someplace."
But it's too late to hide; too many visitors spend too much money on "Think Green" mugs and "Illegal Alien" t-shirts in Roswell to be ignored. We expect that the UFO business owners, like a wise alien race, will eventually help the town to evolve. It can't remain the Dairy Capital of the Southwest for much longer -- not with what aliens are known to do to cows.
Here are some favorite alien attractions, a list that's sure to change over time...
- International UFO Museum
- Area 51 Museum, Alien Zone
- Spacewalk at Roswell Space Center
- Alien Streetlights
- Aliens on Senior Center Tree Trunk
- Flying Saucer McDonald's
- Robert Goddard Statue and Rocket
- Alien Sno
- Alien Print Shop Mural
- Home Built Mini-Saucer #1
- Stealth Saucer on Wheels
- Alien Sentinel at KFC
- Roswell Wal-Mart
- UFO Crashed Here Sign