Go Back Report # 388


From Wednesday’s Daily – which was the 17th –CF- 

A Singular Phenomenon        

       A gentleman, passing along the Fountain late night before last a short distance above the Half-way House, witnessed a very remarkable phenomenon just across the bridge on the Garden of the Gods Road. What seemed to be a very brilliant meteoric rain or shower of falling stars suddenly appeared but a few feet above the surface of the creek, dropping into it with a loud splash and a singular continuous sound, resembling the breaking of glass bottles mingled with human cries and "swear words." The display was of short duration, lasting only a few seconds, but our informant states that it was a most beautiful sight while it lasted. The different colors which appeared were very bright and vivid--the parabolic curve made by one star, in particular, by reason of its bright stripes, presenting much the appearance of a rainbow.           

Such displays are rare in this vicinity. Possibly the one just noted is in a measure due to the present unusually heated condition of the atmosphere.                                                        

This reference: The Colorado Springs Daily Gazette, July 20th, 1878, p.6.

Note: This is presented only for the minimal additional text, which is in the last two lines. Other than that, the text is exactly the same as the July 17th newspaper and the date should be based on the original date of July 17, 1878. –CF-.

With thanks to Chris Aubeck and the Magonia Group at:


UFOCAT PRN – NONE           
UFOCAT URN – NONE The Colorado Springs Gazette, July 17th, 1878, p.4.

UFOCAT URN – NONE Colorado Springs: "The Weekly Gazette," July 20th, 1878, p.6.

UFOCAT URN – NONE IUR (International UFO Reporter), Vol. 28, #1, “Proto-UFOs” by Jerome

                                       Clark, pp. 20-21, © 2003 by the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies.

North America – United States, Colorado

Note: Although the text does not specify Colorado Springs as the place of occurrence, online Mapquest does show six references to “Garden of the Gods Road” in Colorado Springs. -CF-

Colorado Springs         Latitude 38-50-02 N, Longitude 104-49-15 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic.


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