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UFO Sightings and Crashes of the 1800s in America

For decades, these UFO sightings have been explained away as meteors or other things. But what is interesting that before the Wright brothers launched an airplane, flying crafts were already visible in the skies. None of these crafts could really be explained away as weather balloons or meteorites, to witnesses of the 1800s the crafts were not from this earth.

The Wright Brothers may have been the first to put an machine into the sky, but people had been looking up at flying aircraft for decades before the brothers launched the first airplane.

Reports of UFOs were recorded in newspapers of the 19th century, among the most famous was written in the St. Louis Democrat, Oct. 19, 1865. That article appeared two weeks later in The Cincinnati Commercial, bringing more public awareness to UFOs. The account was of an old Montana fir trapper by the name of James Lumley who saw a UFO fly over him and crash into the forest, exploding like a rocket. The story picked up by the Missouri Democrat and other newspapers, which contributed to national attention or awareness of alien spacecraft.

Most fur trappers may tell tales of Indians, or bears, or mountain lions, but Lumley’s account of a flying saucer that crashed into Cadotte Pass was among the most explicit and remains a mystery to this day. It is said that debris from the crash may still be up there, but few there has been no findings since. Nevertheless the story has remained one of the most mysterious of the 1800s.

Lumley was about 175 miles above the Upper Missouri in Great Falls Montana. He was on his way back to his camp site when he saw a “bright luminous body in the heavens.” It went rapidly into an eastern direction and was plainly visible for about five seconds. As it flew Lumley saw it burst into an explosion in the sky and he later heard an explosion. It was shortly followed by a strong wind through the forest like a tornado, and the event left the air smelling like sulfur.

The next day, after walking two miles, he saw a path “several rods wide” made through the forest. He followed the path and discovered an object or rather a stone on the side of the mountain. What was unusual about this stone is that it had strange hieroglyphics and glass in it. Lumley felt the fragment he had found had come from an immense body and that the hieroglyphics must have been used for some purpose and made by human hands.

In April of 1897, people in five Midwestern states reported various accounts of an oblong shape in the sky. The accounts were reported from April 5th to April 19th.

The first recorded sighting was in Omaha Nebraska where more than 100 people witnessed the appearance of a flying object more than 12 feet long. It was shiny and made of steel. The object became so luminous that the brightness awoke people from their sleep.

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  1. EdRoberts

    On March 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm


    It is even more mysterious when one discovers that EVERY single person who reported one of these UFOs in the 19th century – later, DIED! This proves that the government is hiding something!

  2. GhostyGal

    On March 25, 2008 at 5:16 pm


    This is a very interesting article. I believe aliens have visited the planet, because it is silly and arrogant to think we are the only intelligent creatures in all of space.

  3. Avinash Machado

    On March 26, 2008 at 7:52 am


    The 1896-87 airships may have been a secret airship project involving test flights of lighter than air dirigibles. Though Airplanes did not exist at that time airships were invented in the 1850’s.

  4. Xenomorph

    On October 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm


    The Aurora Encounter wasn’t a true story since the alien of the alleged crash died upon impact. Interesting story… too bad there is no evidence, as usual.

  5. Schaller

    On October 27, 2008 at 3:27 am


    So where did you get the information pertaining to Sioux City. I live in the area and am interested in the region’s history. I’d just like to read it is all.

  6. Lennart Lundqvist

    On June 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm


    My neighbor in a small village back in Sweden saw a UFO (flying saucer in the 1940`s, while working on the hay-field. According to him it was saucer shaped and had a row of windows around it.He said he could see some kind of people looking at him through it`s windows. It was hovering low over the field , before taking off. I know this man was telling the truth, as he was an honest man. He has since passed away. He told us the sighting when he was reading a report in our local newspaper about another sighting. He said; I have seen it too! And than he told us his story.

  7. gracie

    On March 6, 2012 at 11:08 am


    was the sighting in 1896 real???

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