From Wednesday’s Daily – which was the
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
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
20-21, © 2003 by the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO
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.
Colorado Springs Latitude
38-50-02 N, Longitude 104-49-15 W (D-M-S)