Monday, February 15, 2010

Newspaper: The Cincinnati Commercial Date: October 30, 1865 UFO crash

Mr. James Lumley, an old Rocky Mountain trapper, who has been stopping at the

Everett House for several days, makes a most remarkable statement to us, and

one, which if authenticated, will produce the greatest excitement in the

scientific world.

Mr. Lumley states that about the middle of last September, he was engaged in

trapping in the mountains, about seventy-five or one hundred miles above the

great falls of the Upper Missouri, and in the neighborhood of what is known as

Cadotte Pass. Just after sunset one evening he beheld a bright, luminous body in

the heavens, which was moving with a great rapidity in an easterly direction. It

was plainly visible for at least five seconds, when it suddenly separated into

particles, resembling, as Mr. Lumley described it, the bursting of a skyrocket

in the air. A few minutes later he heard a heavy explosion, which jarred the

earth very preceptibly, and this was shortly after followed by a rumbling sound,

like a tornado sweeping through the forest. A strong wind sprang up about the

same time, but as suddenly subsided. The air was also filled with a peculiar

odor of a sulphurous character.

These incidents would have made but slight impression on the mind of Mr. Lumley,

but for the fact that on the ensuing day he discovered, at a distance of about

two miles from his camping place, that, as far as he could see in either

direction, a path had been cut through the forest, several rods wide - giant

trees uprooted or broken off near the ground - the tops of hills shaved off, and

the earth plowed up in many places. Great and wide-spread havoc was every-where

visible. Following up this track of desolation, he soon ascertained the cause of

it in the shape of an immense stone that had been driven into the side of a

mountain. But now comes the most remarkable part of the story. An examination of

this stone, or so much of it as was visible, showed that it had been divided

into compartments, and that, in various places, it was carved with curious


More than this, Mr. Lumley also discovered fragments of a

substance resembling glass, and here and there dark stains, as though caused by

a liquid. He is confident that the hieroglyphics were the work of human hands,

and that the stone itself, although but a fragment of an immense body, must have

been used for some purpose by animated beings.

Strange as this story appears, Mr. Lumley relates it with so much sincerity that

we are forced to accept it as true. It was evident that the stone which he

discovered was a fragment of the meteor which was visible in this section in               

September last. It will be remembered that it was seen in Leavenworth, in

Galena, and in this city by Colonel Bonneville. At Leavenworth, it was seen to

separate in particles or explode. "


  1. Wonderful find, as vintage UFO articles go. Interesting synchronicity too, as the description of the object reminds one a bit of descriptions of the Kecksburg, PA crashed object (which was in 1965 of course - one full century after this one...)

  2. That is exactly what I thought....good eye. I am currently collecting older articles, I hope to have them posted soon.