Skip to Main Content

Marker: Death by UFO?

Field review by the editors.

Franklin, Kentucky

Just a historical marker with the bland title, "Captain Thomas F. Mantell Jr." The good part is buried in the text: "...died in plane crash near this site... Mantell's death while chasing UFO made headlines... Intense military investigation of the incident... it is still uncertain what Mantell was pursuing at the time of the crash."

Pilot error or death ray? It happened on January 7, 1948.

Marker: Death by UFO?

Steele Rd, Franklin, KY
Just off I-65 exit 2. Drive north on Main St./US Hwy 31W, then make a quick left at the first stop light onto Steele Rd. You'll see a McDonald's on the right, and ahead on the left you'll see a log cabin building with a red roof. The marker is just before the building, next to its parking lot.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Large BullLarge Bull, Franklin, KY - 2 mi.
Spray Paint RoadSpray Paint Road, Franklin, KY - 5 mi.
Giant Crate of StrawberriesGiant Crate of Strawberries, Portland, TN - 6 mi.
In the region:
Duncan Hines was a Real Man, Bowling Green, KY - 23 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Kentucky

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Kentucky.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Kentucky Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Route 66 Experience: Metal Muffler Man, Springfield, Illinois (May 27-Jun 2, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings