James Lumley Cadotte Pass UFO

September 1865
James Lumley was a fur trapper in Montana in the 1860s.
James Lumley was a fur trapper in Montana in the 1860s.

James Lumley, a trapper, witnessed a bright object fly through the sky and crash in the forest of Montana. He traced the path of the crash and found an unexpected object with "curious hieroglyphics."

In the middle of September 1865, just after sunset, a trapper named James Lumley claims to have witnessed a "bright luminous body in the heavens, which was moving with great rapidity in an easterly direction."[2] As he recounted to the St. Louis Democrat, the object streaked through the sky for at least five seconds "when it suddenly separated into particles, resembling, as Mr. Lumley describes it, the bursting of a sky-rocket in the air."[2]

Shortly after, he claimed to have heard a "heavy explosion", and "rushing sound, like a tornado" through the forest. He said that the air was "filled with a peculiar odor, of a sulphurous character."[2]

The following day, he found a wide path that had ripped through the forest, uprooting trees and tearing up the earth. As he traced this path of destruction, he discovered "an immense stone that had been driven into the side of a mountain." He approached the "stone" and claimed that it was "divided into compartments, and that in various places it was carved with the curious hieroglyphics."[2] He also noted that he found fragments of a "substance resembling glass" and dark stains, "as though caused by a liquid."[2]

On this same night, what was assumed to be a meteor was observed in the Western U.S., specifically in Leavenworth, Galena and in St. Louis, Missouri.


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Object of unknown origin.


Eyewitness account of path of damage through forest; object with "hieroglyphics."

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