Aurora, Texas is a quiet town in Wise County.
“This city is actually quite small,” said Jason Priakos, Aurora City Councilor. “It’s only about 6 square miles. It goes up the hill and down the valley, and that’s about it.”
Priakos said it was a hidden gem with a population of about 1,700.
“Usually people say,’Where is the aurora?'” Said Priakos. “Well, it’s between the 287-out void and loam towards the Decatur.”
This small town leads to a story that sounds like it came from a distant galaxy.
“There was an event here in 1897,” said Priakos. “We had an alien crash site.”
The crash occurred near what is now called Area 114. It is now a photography landing zone for tourists. But as the story goes on, an unidentified flying object and its pilot crashed into a windmill in 1897, 50 years before the famous UFO in Roswell, New Mexico.
“The townspeople heard the big crash, some went to investigate, and they found debris of material they had never seen before,” Priakos said. “They found what they called” not of this world. ” “
There was an article about it in a local newspaper. The pilot, who was described as non-worldly, died of his injury and was given a Christian burial in the town’s graveyard. The townspeople named him Ned-Ned Alien.
Today, people visit Ned’s graveyard and often leave their jewelry behind.
“I’ve seen watches, key chains and electronics,” says Priakos.
Due to the Christian burial, the tomb cannot be excavated for official investigation without the permission of a close relative. If Ned isn’t from this world, that permission seems unlikely.
Still, it doesn’t stop people trying to solve the mystery.
“They brought in ground penetrating radar,” Priakos said. “They could look at the graveyard and go elsewhere in the graveyard to see that something was buried.”
There may be no conclusive evidence that the aliens crashed and were buried in the aurora. But that’s definitely a good story for business.
Sean Merchant, co-owner of Smokin’Windmill BBQ, said:
The merchant and his business partners opened Smokin’Windmill BBQ about two years ago.
“Our best-selling item, the special item we run every day, is the UFO,” said the merchant. “It’s a pobrano pepper stuffed with bacon-wrapped brisket and cream cheese.”
They are another business anchor restaurant called Mars Margaritas. An alien-themed entertainment venue.
“It’s a cool story and it’s great for business,” said the merchant. “Great for conversations. We want to know our guests and everything, so they give us the opportunity to meet them whenever they are new.”
So the story of Ned Alien lives on, loved by the locals.
“We love the city and we love the history of the city with the aliens,” said the merchant.
An alien named Ned has an aurora on the map.
“It’s also very interesting to know that you live in an area known for alien burial in your city,” Priakos said. “Many cities can’t say that.”