This year, although nearly over, marks 60 years since the famous crash at Roswell, NM - an incident that has left an indelible mark upon both the UFO community and popular culture.
Each year since 1996 the city of Roswell hosts a UFO festival after Independence Day to commemorate the original incident, which occurred on July 4, 1947.
While a certain boon to local tourism, this small Southeast New Mexico town may have continued to slumber in relative obscurity if it weren't for a spate of books, television programs, and films about the crash that burst like wildfire onto the scene in the late 80's and early 90's. While some may look upon the kitsch and crass as a mixed blessing, it stands as a prime example of how encouraging local paranormal history can certainly lead to profitable ventures. Other sleeping towns looking to bolster their own influx of tourist dollars might take a second look at what Old Man Jones said landed in his pasture or what those "crackpots" are saying about what was seen in the Old Smith house.