Description: If this report is true, it could be the oldest “documented” UFO crash. Through local contacts I was put in touch with a gentleman (referred to as Mr. H.) who is a retired pilot and “treasure hunter” and resides in Dillon, MT. He knew the curator (Everett Johnson) of a museum in Dillon, MT. The curator is now deceased. Mr. H. obtained a diary of a gentleman named Tom Melton who managed the “Knotts Stage Station” south of Dillon in 1870. The diary was obtained to ascertain leads to potential locations of precious metals. An entry was made to the diary on August 14, 1870 where Mr. Melton said that a space craft crashed in a mountain valley south of Dillon. Apparently metallic debris can still be found at the alleged crash site. A site visit will be made when the weather becomes warmer. I hope to obtain some metallic samples and have them analyzed. Other data will be collected.
A Note of Interest: Apparently Mr. H. contacted a retired NASA employee that he knew in Idaho. A few days later he got a call from NASA. NASA was most interested in finding out the location of the crash. Mr. H. would not disclose the location. He received a total of 4 calls from NASA in one day. He didn’t answer the phone on the last 3 calls. Unfortunately the diary has been lost. Mr. H. stated that his wife threw away some his papers after his recent divorce. The papers included the diary.
Updated Information – March 2, 2013: A local geology student who is attending the University of Montana, Dillon Campus visited the site on March 2, 2013. He lives next door to Mr. H and obtained directions to the site. Subsequent to his site visit he called me as he got my name from Mr. H. He took several photos of the site (see above slide show). He was quite emphatic that there was nothing unusual about this site. He said that the site was a volcanic crater (termed volcanic caldera). He found and collected volcanic rock, orange lava, meteorite rocks, quartz and mining tailings at the site. There was no evidence of any crash debris. However, he thought that a few meteorite rocks could be at the site. Perhaps the “space craft” sighting could have been a meteor? The geology student does not plan to have any samples that he collected analyzed.
Updated Information – April 11, 2013: Recently Joan Bird provided a sample of “alleged” crash debris at the above site. A few tests have been conducted on this sample. Also the sample has been sent to a mineralogist who will use a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to determine the elemental composition of the sample. I did some preliminary analysis on the sample before sending it to the analyst. So far I have determined the following properties of the sample:
1. Not magnetic.
2. Does attract magnets (so is metallic) – nothing surprising here.
3. Does not conduct electricity.
4. Part of something that was manufactured.
5. Appears to have sustained damage due to heat and/or pressure.
6. Is not radioactive.
7. Density = 6,582 Kilograms/cubic meter
(This is less than Iron which has a density of 7,850 Kilograms/cubic meter)
(This is greater than Titanium which has a density of 4,500 Kilograms/cubic meter)
Sample is likely a metallic alloy. The composition of the alloy will be determined when SEM analysis is complete.
Updated Information – April 17, 2013:The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis has been received. The results of the analysis can be viewed at:
The analyst stated that the sample WAS NOT an unusual metallic alloy and did not recommend an isotopic ratio analysis.
Updated Information – April 18, 2013: A search of iron or ferrous Alloys shows that an iron and manganese (or tungsten) alloy is used in tool steel. This is suggestive that the fragment could be a piece from a mining tool. (The area has been mined and mine tailings have been found at the site.)Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting.