From the very first moment it became operational, the military base most of us know as “Area 51” has been associated with aliens and UFOs. Rumors and conspiracy theories have floated around for decades. For this reason, separating fact from myth isn’t the easiest thing to do when thinking of Area 51.
The American government didn’t even publicly acknowledge its existence until recently. This makes the whole area even more mysterious. Many people believe that the government has hidden evidence of alien visitors. However, no one knows for sure what is going on in Area 51.
With today’s list of the 25 Most Bizarre Area 51 Stories and Facts we will try to enlighten you about one of America’s most secretive locations. Like Fox Mulder from the X-Files would say, the truth is out there.
It’s also illegal to fly over Area 51, although the site is now visible on satellite images.
What we learned from these images is that the base has runways up to 12,000 feet long.
The "Mecca" for Hardcore UFO Believers
Because of the prohibition of access to Area 51, the nearby town of Rachel has literally become a “sacred” place for inquisitive UFO believers.
Rachel is an unincorporated portion of Lincoln County in Nevada. The tiny town is the closest habitation to Area 51.
Business in Rachel
A restaurant/ bar called Little A’Le’Inn is one of the few thriving businesses in Rachel, Nevada.
It will occasionally organize live music events for the dedicated “Area 51” visitors who may spend a night or two there.
The "Extraterrestrial Highway"
The town of Rachel is a three-hour drive north of Las Vegas. To get there, however, you will have to drive on the legendary Nevada Highway 375, also known as the “Extraterrestrial Highway.”
Many visitors have claimed to see UFOs and other alien activity along this road. Such claims led the state to officially designate the route as the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996.
A Second "El Dorado" (kind of)
What most people may not know is that before World War II, the area near Groom Lake was used for silver and lead mining.
Once the war began, the military took over the remote area and began conducting research, mainly nuclear and weapons testing.