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Corona 

Corona, a village of population 165, is famous for being the closest town to the Roswell UFO Crash site--specifically, the debris field, located 30 miles southeast.  This is the closest a person can get to the debris field without passing through privately owned land and that managed by the BLM.  Like Oil City, LA., all the buildings of "downtown" are built on one side of the street; railway tracks are on the other.

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The main part of Corona is located on Highway 54 (near were Highways 54 and 42 intersect) and the community is fairly isolated.  Many of the buildings are closed and not in use.  Corona was established as a railroad town in 1902 when the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad passed-through from Carrizozo to Santa Rosa.  Corona became a trading center for the local farmers and ranchers.

 
 

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The pink building is the former Wade's Bar.  It was here that ranch foremen Mac Brazel is reported to have brought debris from a crashed UFO in 1947, showing the  strange material to the owner and patrons; people suggested that he take the material to Roswell in an effort to find out more about it. 

 

The El Corral Cafe was the only active place in Corona when we visited there in July, 2012.  The food is good and reasonably priced, however, you'd better have cash--at the time we ate there, the cafe did not accept debit or credit cards.

 

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