Roswell, New Mexico PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 March 2004 00:00
When we were talking to the Camp Hosts shortly after we arrived on Sunday, they suggested a visit to Roswell, a small city 70 miles north of here. I guess we have been very uninformed (we've never been "alien" followers) before because we had no idea what Roswell was known for and why it would be a tourist destination. Apparently, in 1947 it was the location of the first known UFO crash and subsequent military cover-up. Today was another beautiful day, clear blue skies with an expected high of 26C (79F), so this morning we decided to find out more about this place.
Roswell is now the home of the International UFO Museum and Research Center. It is pretty evident that the city has made the whole "alien" thing a huge magnet to draw tourism and the dollars that go with it to the city. There are alien themed things everywhere; souvenirs, T-shirts, municipal garbage containers and street lights all carry an alien likeness on them, but hey, why not? The museum is loaded with tons of information about UFO sightings, verified and not, crop circles, alien abductions, military cover-ups and even movie memorabilia from a Showtime movie made about the Roswell incident. This is a non-profit corporation with no admission fee where there is also a research library, artwork and a gift shop. They currently make available to researchers and the public, access to the most comprehensive collection of UFO related information in the world and this database continues to grow.
All in all, it was an interesting day and Roswell was worth the visit! Smile