- Missouri State Rep. Chris Dinkins named Piedmont the “UFO Capital” in August.
- In 1973, over 500 people reported seeing a fleet of UFOs over Piedmont.
- House Bill 1261 designates Piedmont as the “UFO Capital of Missouri” to mark the 50th anniversary of the event.
In August, Missouri State Rep. Chris Dinkins officially named the town of Piedmont its “UFO Capital.” The reason behind this designation is quite unsettling. Over the years, hundreds of Piedmont’s residents have reported seeing UFOs floating around, according to KSDK.
Sara Phillips, Piedmont’s Chamber of Commerce executive director, told the outlet, “My grandpa loved to spin a tall tale about things he saw.” The phenomenon began in 1973 when more than 500 people called local law enforcement to report a “fleet” of alien spaceships flying over their homes.
Sean Rost, a member of the State Historical Society of Missouri, said, “One resident said that if they had to estimate half the residents had seen something in the sky. Clearwater Lake becomes kind of the epicenter of this.” He added, “There are people reporting seeing lights above the water. There are people seeing lights under the water.”
The FBI and the military were called in to deal with the situation and to explain the phenomenon to locals. However, to date, no firm explanation has been provided.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the event, House Bill 1261 officially designates Piedmont as the “UFO Capital of Missouri.” The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Chris Dinkins in the hopes it will attract more tourists to spot the lights that apparently still fly over the small town.
The recent designation of Piedmont as the “UFO Capital of Missouri” is a testament to the power of the unexplained in capturing our imaginations. With half the town’s residents claiming to have witnessed extraterrestrial activity, it’s clear that the 1973 event has left a lasting impact on the community.
Despite the lack of a concrete explanation from the FBI or military, this unresolved mystery continues to draw interest, proving that the allure of the unknown transcends time and reason. As we approach its 50th anniversary, let’s celebrate Piedmont’s unique legacy and the enduring fascination with the enigmatic skies above.
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