Last week we drove from Minnesota to Arizona, with our dog and one cat in tow. (More about them in my next post.) We allowed ourselves a single one-hour stop along the way: Roswell, New Mexico.
Roswell has built a reputation (and a large annual festival) on the alleged crash of a flying saucer on a ranch outside of town on July 4, 1947. The intrigue and mystery surrounding the “Roswell Incident” and the alleged government coverup have made Roswell a destination for those interested space travel, aliens and the paranormal. We wanted to join in the fun.
Our first stop was at the Visitor Information Center, where very pleasant and helpful staff provided us with a map. We asked about the one thing we should do while we were in town, and they suggested the UFO Museum. http://www.roswellufomuseum.com
Located on Main Street in downtown Roswell, the UFO Museum is an inexpensive tourist attraction ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors.) Its walls are lined with old newspaper clippings about UFOs and flying saucers, and newspaper accounts and photos of the events of 1947. There are a handful of artifacts from the crash site, a photo documentary of an archealogical dig at the debris site, and of course, the obligatory diorama of the aliens and their spaceship.
We topped off our visit with a stop at the gift shop where a single postcard was $1.25 and then a stop at the Mexican bakery across the street.