Murder Mystery in Nebraska City?


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Did Nebraska Have A ‘Roswell Episode’ Long Ago?


Did Nebraska Have A ‘Roswell Episode’ Long Ago?

Awaaay back in 1884

By JOHN WENZ / Daily Nebraskan

March 20, 2007

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Very few people have heard of Max, Nebraska.

A cursory look at the Google Map of the town shows just how small it is – under 20 blocks, a blip in southwest Nebraska. It’s just eight miles from the seat of Dundy County: Benkelman, population 914.

But Max, the blip it may be, is the closest town to an incident in that occurred 1884.

The Nebraska Nugget reported:

“About 35 miles northwest of Benkelman, Dundy County, on the 6th of June (1884) a very startling phenomenon occurred. It seems that John W. Ellis and three of his herdsmen and a number of other cowboys were out engaged in a roundup. They were startled by a terrific whirring noise over their heads, and turning their eyes saw a blazing body falling like a shot to Earth. It struck beyond them, being hidden from view by a bank.”

One of the herdsmen, Alf Williamson, was burned as he approached the craft, which had created a split in the ground as it dragged to a stop. He was taken back to Ellis’ home and treated for his burns.

E.W. Rawlins, the brand inspector for the district, came to inspect it.

The Nebraska State Journal reported on the event in 1887, saying:

“One piece that looked like the blade of a propeller screw, of a metal of an appearance like brass, about 16 inches wide, three inches thick and three-and-a-half feet long, was picked up by a spade. It would not weigh more than five pounds, but appeared as strong and compact as any known metal. A fragment of a wheel with a milled rim, apparently having had a diameter of seven or eight feet, was also picked up. It seemed to be of the same material and had the same remarkable lightness.”

The lack of physical evidence means there’s nothing much left today, and John Buder, a field researcher with the Mutual UFO Network of Nebraska, said that the people of Dundy County shy away from talking about the event.

Most of his investigation into it has been research. He first stumbled across the story in a tourist’s guide to Nebraska. From there, he’s found it in multiple books on the subject.

“There has been a lot of studies made on UFO crashes,” Buder said. “The people who I would claim know the most have not identified it as a hoax.”

It was the second UFO crash Buder knows of, and the first to be recorded in newspapers of the time. The story started a worldwide wave of similar stories – some more reputable than others.

One such case is the 1897 crash near Aurora, Texas, where four alien bodies are supposedly buried in a graveyard. Eyder Peralta, a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, investigated that crash and turned up nothing.

But the Nebraska crash is the first reported. It was only after the incident near Max that it became a sort of mythology.

“That means that all these other hoax crashes that started seem to have gotten their start at Max, Nebraska,” Buder said.

It’s a piece of Nebraska history only occasionally touched on, Roswell before there was a Roswell to speak of.

“I’d say right now there’s only a few dozen people in Nebraska who even know about it,” Buder said.

But how does a craft just disappear, just dissolve in a crash? What about the “cogs” that the craft threw off as it approached the ground? Did those, too, simply disappear?

It’s a legend taken more seriously than most of the era in ufology circles, which is not to say there aren’t skeptics.

Alan Boye wrote in his recent book, “The Complete Roadside Guide to Nebraska,” that “there are, of course, many people who do not believe the story, and others who claim it is yet another UFO story neglected and laughed at by skeptics.”

Skeptical or not, Buder asserts that it was the beginning of the wave of stories, ground zero for what would turn into airship sightings as time went on.

He sees the building of the railroad coinciding with the sightings of the era. In fact, the crafts were often described as “railroad engines without wheels” at the time.

“It’s ironic that this same story, this being the first, was repeated many more times worldwide at later dates,” Buder said.

And as for the remnants, Buder thinks there might be some things tucked away in the Republican River valley.

“I wouldn’t doubt that out there in one of those tool sheds or barns out there, there’s a piece of metal that no one knows where it came from,” he said.

UFO’s in Nebraska City


28 April 1897 Night
Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA

A mysterious explosion was reported. An unidentifiable object and its occupants were observed at close range in rocky terrain.


28 April 1897 Night
6 miles North of Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA

A mysterious explosion was reported. An unidentifiable object and its occupants were observed at close range in rocky terrain.



National UFO Reporting Center

Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/12/2001 21:30 (Entered as : 09/12/01 9:30)
Reported: 10/21/2001 8:04:08 PM 20:04
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Nebraska City, NE
Shape: Light
Duration:Til present day
Small,star like object seen in sky moving about erratically.Sep. 12. First obsevered star like object in north-western sky. Changing colors and it was dancing around for about 3 hours. It has been seen in the same spot till this day forward. Simillar objects have been observed in the south and north-eastern sky.Called a relative on the other side of Nebraska and they could spot same objects.

Objects are very high in the night sky but rapid movements and color-changing make them easy to spot from stars

((NUFORC Note: We presume that the witness is describing celestial bodies, seen in the night sky. Further, we presume he means 2130 hrs. PD))

Large Orange Object Interrupts Fireworks Display

Date of Sighting: July 4, 2008
Time of Sighting: About 10:30 PM CDT
Date Sighting Reported: July 4, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 15 to 20 Seconds
Location of Sighting: Nebraska City, Nebraska – About 40 MI S. of Omaha
Latitude: 40.68 Degrees North
Longitude: 95.86 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Probably Several
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: (Omaha) Skies Were Clear. Visibility Was 7 Miles. Winds Were From the South-Southeast at 9 MPH.

Description: The witness phoned in his sighting about 20 minutes after it occurred. He stated that he was watching fireworks from his home. All at once a large orange object surrounded by a haze passed through the area of the fireworks display. At that point the fireworks were suspended. Once the object moved out of the area the fireworks show was resumed.

Comments: If the witness has accurately recounted the events, then this is a significant sighting. (Assuming that the fireworks show was interrupted because of the presence an unknown aerial object and then resumed when the object passed.) The object sighted was strange given that it was surrounded with a haze. Apparently no sound was associated with the object. Anyone who witnessed this object is urged tofile a report. The surface wind at nearby Omaha (closest weather station) was from the southeast at 9 MPH. This is indicative that the object could have been drifting with the wind because it was reported to have been moving towards the northwest.

Meteors or UFO

Source: “CURIOUS EVENTS IN NEBRASKA”: “Earthquakes don’t rock Nebraska very often. In fact, seismically speaking, it is one of the quietest places in North America. Nevertheless, on Dec. 16th at 8:54 pm CST, USGS seismographs detected a magnitude 3.5 temblor centered near Auburn, Nebraska:

“It sounded like those loud grain haulers that drive by, but about five times louder,” reports Laurie Riley, who lives near the epicenter. “The whole house shook. My kids came running down stairs – they were scared. It even moved my car, [which was parked outside on icy ground].”

And then the really curious thing happened.

Minutes after the quake, around 9 pm CST, lightning-like flashes lit up the skies around the area of the quake. Telephones in police departments and TV stations rang with reports of bright lights, loud rumbles and shaking ground. Sky watchers, not only in southeastern Nebraska, but also in neighboring Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, saw a “bright fireball” with “green streamers” moving from northwest to southeast.

Could these events be connected? Nebraska State Trooper Jerry Chab, an experienced amateur astronomer who witnessed the lights and was one of the first to report them, says no. “I think we have the most cosmic of coincidences: A bright [meteoritic] fireball around the same time as an earthquake.” Indeed, eyewitness descriptions of the fireball are consistent with a meteoroid disintegrating in the atmosphere. On the other hand, several readers have pointed out scientific studies that associate lightning-like phenomena (including ball lightning) with earthquakes: The fireball, they suggest, might have been a rare manifestation of “earthquake lightning.”

Source :

Nebraska Fireball: Dec. 16, 2009



History of Otoe County, Nebraska, USA


From Andreas’ History of the State of Nebraska

History of Otoe County, Nebraska, USA


Mystery of Minersville

Minersville was named for the coal deposits and mines in the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River.  It is located in Otoe County in eastern central Nebraska about four miles south of Nebraska City and four miles east.  It is located right next to the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks.
The town was first called Bennett’s Ferry, due to a man named John Bennett, who operated a ferry across the Missouri River to Iowa.  The post office in Bennett’s Ferry opened on January 28, 1856.  The name was changed to Otoe City on April 20, 1857.  The name was changed again to Minersville on December 21, 1874.
At one time there was over 1,000 people living in Minersville.  In 1901, a shaft cave in at the coal mines killed all but 14 men and boys working at the mine.  The post office operated until February 15, 1923.  The downtown area is still there, but is really run down.

The Elaborate Pipe Structure at 10th Street and 1st Corso, Nebraska City

Mystery Pipes in Nebraska City

Mystery Pipes in Nebraska City

What is the purpose of this pipe structure? It is on  the North East Corner of 10th street and 1st Corso. It is  mystery to me!

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A Mystery of Wyuka Cemetery


In Wyuka Cemetery, Nebraska City is a burial plot that contains not less than 27 members of the Livingston family. It includes the last resting place of one of the city’s famous sons, Daniel Webster Livingston, a member of the House of Representatives in 1927.

Strange to say, five members of Livingstone family have their date of burial on the same day, month and Year! Clearly, there has to be a logical reason for this, and I would think that probably, the building plot was re-opened so as to bury the remains of a family member from elsewhere with members of his family.

Mystery of the burning car.



NC Mysteries Open


The first Mystery has been solved.
We now know why Nebraska City has a 9 1/2 Street!

Next, why is there a street sign at 16th street and 6th Avenue? There is no street crossing. There is a large tree to the west and a steep hill and house to the east.

Unsolvable Mystery? Haunted Hills of the Seven Sisters!

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