Roswell's a haven for UFO enthusiasts
If you're a tourist, why else would you come to this little town in New Mexico if it weren't to join the alien madness?
ROSWELL, N.M.--If you're coming to this town for anything other than UFO madness, you're probably heading to the wrong place.
I came as part of Road Trip 2007, my driving tour of the Southwest in search of the most interesting technology- and science-related stories.
Roswell is the self-proclaimed UFO capital of the world, and it is still reaping the tourist-dollar benefits of an event that happened 60 years ago, when a local may have found the remains of a crashed UFO in a field that's actually quite some distance from here.
The event made world headlines and the U.S. military clamped down, denying that it was anything other than a crashed weather balloon. The rest is X-Files history.
Yet, here we are, all these years later, and Roswell's UFO industry is still going strong. It's true that it's relegated to a small area of downtown, centered around the International UFO Museum and Research Center, but in that area, hoo boy, nearly every shop has a window full of alien swag for sale.
It's interesting stuff, if you believe. If you don't believe, it's probably just annoying. But then, what would you be doing visiting here?