Go Back Report # 959
05-20-1953

05-20-1953
[Original sighting; another on 06-20-1953]

"Little men" returned to the scene in 1953 when two miners working a claim near Brush Creek, California, reported to police that two midget-sized saucer pilots had been visiting the creek near their claim. The first incident took place on May 20, the second on June 20, and the two men expected that they would return on July 20.

The veracity of the miners, John Q. Black and John Van Allen, was attested to by the owner of the Brush Creek store, who said the two miners had a very good reputation and were not "drinking men." Both of the men unhesitatingly told their story to the sheriff's captain, Fred Preston, four days after the second encounter. Black had actually seen the little men, while Van Allen, his partner, had only seen the landing marks which he said were a foot wide and looked like the tracks of "elephant feet."

Black described the observed occupant as "about the size of a midget" and said he was very broad-shouldered. He wore "something like a parka" (a piece of clothing which covers the head as well as the trunk of the body), and his arms and legs were covered with a heavy, tweed-like cloth fastened at the wrists and ankles with "buckles or ties of some kind."

Some of the details were not included in press reports, and at that time APRO was only a year and a half old and did not have a member in that part of California who was willing to make the long trek into the brush country to interview Black and Van Allen. The available details, however, are as follows. In each instance, on May 20 and June 20, the object landed at almost exactly 6:30 P.M. The "little man" got out, scooped up a bucket of water in a shiny pail, and handed it to someone inside the craft. When the little man saw Black, he hurriedly jumped into the "saucer" and it took off at high speed, making a hissing sound which resembled the "sound of steam coming out of a boiler." The saucer, silver in color, appeared to be about 7 feet in diameter, 6 feet thick, with a tripod landing gear, and a "little dome" in front. It landed on a sand bar in Brush Creek and Black was within 50 yards of the saucer on each occasion.

The U.S. Air Force was notified of the incident, but it is not known whether or not an investigation was implemented. On July 20, however, Black and Van Allen were not the only ones at the site. Publicity brought huge crowds of people anxious to see the "little men." Snack bars were set up so that no one would go hungry during the vigil, and although the size of the reception committee would have warmed the heart of any ordinary person, the saucer pilots didn't show up. Perhaps they got wind of the fact that Black had asked permission of the sheriff to shoot one of them and that bow hunters were present in force with blunted arrows with which to stun and capture the little fellows. As a result of all this hoopla, it was conjectured by some that perhaps Black and Van Allen and others had fabricated the story in order to publicize the area for reasons of commerce. This theory does not hold up very well for various reasons, mainly that the disappointment of not seeing the little men or their craft on July 20 precluded the appearance of any more sightseers later.

This reference: Encounters With UFO Occupants by Coral and Jim Lorenzen, pp. 170-172, 1976

UFOCAT PRN 60842 [DOS: 05-20-1953]

UFOCAT URN 019282 Flying Saucer Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 118, 1967

UFOCAT URN 019823 Data-Net Report, January 1970

UFOCAT URN 019824 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee, # 109, 1969

UFOCAT URN 019285 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #0474 by L. Schoenherr, no date

UFOCAT URN 019286 Les Extra-Terrestres by Jader Pereira, p. 28, 1974

UFOCAT URN 019287 (USAF) Blue Book files counted in official statistics

UFOCAT URN 060040 Newspaper clipping

UFOCAT URN 060842 The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition #1 by Charles Bowen, p. 53, 1966

UFOCAT URN 073220 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0271 by Peter Rogerson,
no date
UFOCAT URN 082043 Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings by Ted Phillips, p. 52,

CUFOS, 1979

UFOCAT URN 088872 Encounters with UFO Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 170, 1976
UFOCAT URN 110154 Situation Red: The UFO Siege by Leonard Stringfield, p. 133, 1977

UFOCAT URN 140506 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0093, 1980

UFOCAT URN 151922 APRO Bulletin, September 1954

UFOCAT URN 163845 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX, 2002

UFOCAT PRN 60041 [DOS: 06-20-1953]

UFOCAT URN 019338 Flying Saucer Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 118, 1967

UFOCAT URN 019339 Data-Net Report, January 1970

UFOCAT URN 019340 A Century of Landings (N=923) by J. Vallee, # 111, 1969

UFOCAT URN 019341 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #0475 by L. Schoenherr, no date

UFOCAT URN 060041 Newspaper clipping

UFOCAT URN 060843 The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition #1 by Charles Bowen, p. 53, 1966

UFOCAT URN 064181 Ted Phillips investigation files

UFOCAT URN 073222 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0273 by Peter Rogerson,
no date
UFOCAT URN 081722 Ted Bloecher investigation files, June 25, 1953
UFOCAT URN 082045 Physical Traces Associated with UFO Sightings by Ted Phillips, p. 826,
CUFOS, 1979

UFOCAT URN 088873 Encounters with UFO Occupants by Coral Lorenzen, p. 170, 1976

UFOCAT URN 115327 HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports, A0214 by D. Webb, no date

UFOCAT URN 163857 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 03064, 2002

North America United States, California, Butte

Brush Creek Latitude 39-41-26 N, Longitude 121-20-21 W (D-M-S)

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



 



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