In previous articles that I have written about Roswell New Mexico, I have mentioned a few things Roswell and the State of New Mexico are known for that are not affiliated with the 1947 UFO crash near town, which of course is what Roswell is known for world wide.
Since I started doing the Roswell UFO tours and became certified by the State of New Mexico and licensed by the city of Roswell, I have to admit that I have become more educated about this town I live in and its varied history, which for me as a tour guide not only has been educational, but has given me the opportunity to share that information with the visitors I take on tour. Most appreciate the fact that I share a lot more about Roswell then just the UFO Incident, since the UFO Incident is normally why they book the tours in the first place.
When driving in to Roswell from any direction you see a sign stating, “Welcome to the Dairy Capital of Southeast New Mexico,” not welcome to the “UFO Capital of the World.” The reason for the sign always shocks people when I tell them that Roswell has the largest cheese manufacturing plant of domestic mozzarella cheese in the nation, and perhaps the world. Leprino Foods owns the plant and employs some 575 workers. The plant is currently undertaking a one-million dollar expansion in Roswell. Occasionally, depending on wind direction, the dairy industry that furnishes vast amounts of milk to the plant is evident in the air. Dairy men claim “that’s the smell of money in the air.”
New Mexico didn’t become a State until 1912, although the city of Roswell was founded in the 1800’s, so there have been two state flags during it’s history. The original flag designed by New Mexico historian Ralph Emerson Twitchell, featured a design quite different from the current flag. In 1920 the Daughters of the American Revolution suggested a new design more representative of the unique character of New Mexico. The new design featured an interpretation of an ancient symbol of the sun as found on a late 19th century water jar from the Zia Pueblo. The red symbol is called a “Zia,” and is centered on a field of yellow. The number four is a sacred number for the Zia, and is repeated in the four points radiating from the circle. The four points represent the four seasons; the four points of a compass; and the 24 hours of a day by sunrise, noon, evening and night. The Zia also represents that with life came four sacred obligations: development of a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and devotion to the welfare of people/ family. All these things are bound together within the circle of life on the New Mexico State flag.
The New Mexico State song, “O, Fair New Mexico,” is also unique in that it was written by Elizabeth Garrett (left), born in 1885. If that last name sounds familiar, it’s because Elizabeth was the daughter of former Lincoln County Sheriff, Pat Garrett, best known for allegedly killing out law, Billy the Kid. Elizabeth lost her eyesight a few hours after birth due to an over-application of “blue vitrol” to her eyes to prevent infection. She received her education and basic training at the Texas School for the Blind in Austin, Texas. She became a voice and piano teacher, performing in respected Chicago and New York theaters, and was persuaded to sing her composition, “O, Fair New Mexico,” for the State Legislature. The song was unanimously adopted by the Legislature as the state song March 14, 1917.
Iron Cross on Spring River’s north bank
During World War II, a prisoner of war camp was established by the War Department near Orchard Park, southeast of Roswell, which housed some 4800 German prisoners of war. On January 1, 1943, the first prisoners there were from the “Afrikacorps,” Rommel’s men from the 8th Army. From 1943 to 1946, during the incarceration of these POW’s, the men worked as field hands on the many farms in Chaves County, as well as in the Artesia and Mayhill areas. In 1943, a 50-man detail worked on a flood control project in Roswell by riprapping or laying rocks on the Spring River banks. On the north bank between Pennsylvania and Kentucky Avenues the POW’s used different size rocks to make an “Iron Cross” on the bank. Some Roswell citizens were incensed by this and poured five yards of concrete over the POW’s handiwork. The concrete washed away over the years, and the iron cross is again clearly visible from this point.
A Piece of the Berlin Wall on display in Roswell, NM
Another piece of world history that the city of Roswell has on display near the Iron Cross mentioned above, is a small section of the Berlin wall, that many may remember President Reagan’s telling Russian Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, “ tear down this wall,” when Reagan was in Berlin, Germany making a speech. This section of the Berlin wall was a gift from the German Luftwaffe (the German Air Force), to the city of Roswell for the hospitality and goodwill it experienced during military maneuvers. Shown on this piece of the wall is the western side (the Democratic side), which has graffiti.
The Historical Museum of Southeast New Mexico has acquired a piece of a steel I- beam or column (above) from one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, when the tragedy occurred September 11, 2001. Understandably, very little information is available pertaining to what specific area of which tower is represented by the piece on display in the Archives building adjacent to the museum. The acquisition of the steel was coordinated through Senator Jeff Bingaman’s office, which advised the Historical Society to contact New York City Deputy Mayor, Tom Curitore in a letter dated September 19, 2002.
A massive alien spacecraft, around the size of the US state of Idaho, has been spotted near the sun by ufologists in recent NASA pictures. They say the object definitely has a structure.
The video released by Youtube user Streetcap1 shows the original NASA image of the sun captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on July 15, 2015.
“This UFO is awesome! Every time I try to ask NASA about these UFOs on Twitter, they ignore me. They have never answered me and refuse to talk about these giant UFOs near our sun,” said a statement from the UFO Sightings Daily, a website devoted to possible UFO detections on or above our planet.
According to the website, whose slogan is “the truth is within our grasp” (echoing the X-Files’ “The Truth is Out There”), the alleged alien craft is about the size of Idaho (216,000 square kilometers).
UFO Sightings Daily cited an eyewitness who said the object, which is definitely not a space rock or a piece of space junk, “has structure and for NASA to dismiss it as nothing is an insult to people’s intelligence. If they post data then they must expect UFO hunters to find anomalies and share them.”
Express.co.uk, Jul 21, 2015 UFO hunters claim ANOTHER huge alien mothership is draining Sun of energy in NASA images.
Our planet seems to be a popular tourism destination for aliens, according to UFO Sightings Daily website. It has recorded about 113 alien faces on the earthand about 231 building on the moon. The site says it has the scoop on why UFOs create crop circles and how alien spaceships are sometimes captured on live TV.
NASA’s SOHO project is a collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. Launched in 1995, the project is designed to study the internal structure of the sun, its outer atmosphere and the origin of solar wind – the ionized gas that blows throughout the solar system. The project has become the number one comet finder, charting over 2,700 comets sightings since observations began.
A video posted to YouTube on June 21 – claiming to show three UFOs leaving the Earth’s atmosphere, and accusing NASA of deliberately cutting its feed from the Space Station – has been going viral.
The video, titled “UFO Mysteries: UFOs, Angels Or Biological Creatures Seen Leaving The Earth?” is said to be footage from the livestream of NASA’s International Space Station.
The footage of three lights, combined with the alleged suspicious timing of camera difficulties, has many declaring we now have “definitive proof” that aliens exist. Further, many claim it proves a government coverup of a mysterious alien species.
The truth, however, may be far less exciting.
In the YouTube video, a small speck of light can be seen rising from the atmosphere, followed by two more very small and faint lights, also rising away from the Earth.
The feed then cuts out, with the message: “Please stand by. The High Definition Earth Viewing experiment is either switching cameras, or we are experiencing a temporary loss of signal with the International Space Station.”
Now, these specks very well could be some alien visitors, just leaving dinner at Roswell, but there are also alternative explanations.
The light may have been satellites, space debris, a glitch, or even glimmers of sunlight. The ISS completes an orbit of Earth every 92.91 minutes and moves at 17,100 miles (27,600km) per hour, so it is not unlikely to run into any of these things.
While the ISS camera runs 24/7, it often cuts out or switches cameras, sometimes even temporarily shutting down the feed.
The new viral video surfaced approximately a week after UFO hunters claimed to find a pyramid on Mars, thus proving the planet was once inhabited. Scientists have scoffed at their claims, saying it is actually a rock that is roughly the size of a car.