"Preachers say it is from the other world" - 1897 Newspaper Article Documents Strange Air Ship Over Dallas
In the late 1800s, a wave of mysterious air ships were seen flying over the United States, in particular California and Texas.
We know that some of the newspaper stories were hoaxes, but perhaps even more of them were describing man-made craft. However, craft that shouldn't have existed at the time, according to the mainstream history of flight... craft that seemed to fly faster and farther than the dirigibles and airplanes that followed in the 1900s.
Not to mention, some of the sightings included encounters with strange humanoid beings. The most famous of these cases was the April 17th, 1897 Aurora, Texas UFO encounter.
Well, just one night before the legendary Aurora encounter, according to the Brownsville, Texas Herald, an air ship was seen passing over Dallas, and this led to speculation otherworldly visitors:
"It may have been an optical illusion, but Dallas tonight is wavering between science and revelations over the air ship. It passed north of this city tonight at 8 o'clock going from East to West and was witnessed by hundreds, including such men as Judge A.T. Watts, formerly of the High Court and Dr. R. C. Kopesh, who describe it as being only about 200 feet from the ground and in appearance similar to the air ship seen in different parts of the country. Preachers say it is from the other world and is the avant courier of the second coming of Christ. They say that if it was an earthly device it would be seen by day as well as by night."
A myriad of newspaper reporters documented these 1800s air ships:
Want to hear more stories about Texans seeing mystery air ships in the 1800s? Check out my countdown of the "Top 9 Air Ship Cases" below, or click here to watch:
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