Lake City, UFO Port

In 1976, as part of America's bicentennial celebrations, the residents of Lake City, Pennsylvania raised $6000 to build a UFO Landing Port. They thought it was the first such landing port in the world, though it wasn't. Explained Jim Meeder, the businessman who organized the effort, "We said to ourselves, 'Let's not look backward 200 years. Let's look forward 200 years.' Everybody else was restoring railroad depots and things like that. We wanted to do something different."

The landing port consisted of "a grass-covered mound five feet high and 100 feet in diameter, bordered by red and blue lights." A representative from the Tucson, Arizona Aerial Phenomenon Research Organization checked it out and said approvingly that he was relieved it wasn't "a schlock thing."

Twelve years later a reporter from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune checked back and found that the landing port hadn't been visited by a UFO yet, but the town was using it as a helicopter landing pad for lake rescues. I haven't been able to figure out if the landing site is still there. I can't find anything on google maps.

Update: I used the contact form on the Lake City website to ask if they've still got the UFO port. Almost immediately got a reply back that yes, it's still there!

The Philadelphia Inquirer - July 5, 1976


The Meriden Morning Record - Mar 1, 1976

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 01, 2017
     Category: Aliens | 1970s

These were before but may not be the earliest:
Posted by BMN on 06/01/17 at 08:20 AM
Are they sure it hasn't been visited by aliens?
Posted by RobK on 06/01/17 at 10:45 AM
At last something crazy that turns out to be cheap and useful. Next time some government wants to build a stadium or a monorail, they should compare it to the Lake City UFO port for scale. If the UFO port looks reasonable in comparison, don't build it!
Posted by Yudith on 06/01/17 at 11:57 AM
I'm thinking about all the people standing on the roof of the high-rise, welcoming the aliens in "Independence Day." Just before the blasters are unleashed...
Posted by KDP on 06/01/17 at 04:42 PM
How are the ET's to know they're supposed to land there? They need an old record player, a circular saw blade, parts from a Speak-n-Spell, ropes to nearby trees, etc.
Posted by Virtual on 06/01/17 at 08:49 PM
They need something like this in Kelly, Kentucky for their LGM festivities.
Posted by Phideaux on 06/01/17 at 08:54 PM
People on the roof tops with their tin foil hats shining in the morning sun.
Posted by John on 06/02/17 at 09:21 AM
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