August 13, 1947
Location: Snake River Canyon, Idaho, United States
farmer and his two sons, were at his fishing camp on August
13, 1947. He noticed an object some 300 feet away, 75
feet above the ground. It was edge hopping, following
the contour of the ground, was sky blue, about 20 feet
in diameter and 10 feet thick, and had pods on the side
from which flames were shooting out. It made a swishing
Diagram of UFO from Project Blue Book Special Report 14.
Diagram/drawing of UFO and headline from the newspaper
of Twin Falls, Idaho, USA, on August 15, 1947.
Twin Falls Times News, (Twin Falls, Idaho) August 15th,
Saucer Reported Flashing Down Canyon At 100 Miles Per
Hour - Two Others Seen
Falls Times News
By John Brosnan
August 15th, 1947
as Magic Valley and the nation were starting to let go
of lampposts after reeling under a weiter of flying saucer
reports, two more Twin Falls county men revived speculation
on the mystery with vivid descriptions of discs they saw.
A. C. Urie, who operates the Auger Falls Trout Farm, six
miles west of Blue Lakes Ranch to Snake River Canyon,
came perhaps the most detailed account of any of the fast
flying objects the nation has yet produced.
flying saucer Urie saw was skimming along through Snake
River Canyon at a height of about 75 feet at 1:00 pm Wednesday.
At 9:30 am the same day, L. W. Hawkins, Twin Falls county
commissioner and former county sheriff, also saw two circular
objects soaring along at great speeds near Salmon Dam,
40 miles south west of Twin Falls.
is Urie's eye-witness description of the flying discs,
seen by him and his son, Keith, 8, and Billy,10:
obtained a close-up view of the flying saucer as it passed
the trout farm at 1:00pm August 13th going down Snake
River Canyon at a height of about 75 feet from the canyon
floor. I would estimate the speed about a 100 miles per
explained that the incident occurred while the two boys
were coming across the river from the north side in a
boat. He had become concerned about what was delaying
them, and walked toward the river to see if they were
had a side view of a distance of about 300 feet and almost
was level with the thing," he continued. "Two
of my boys, Keith and Billy were below me and they also
saw it at about a right angle. They both a lower and a
side view, and we and we were staring at it from the north
side of the facing toward the north. The boys saw it coming
from about a half a mile up the canyon, and we all lost
site of it in less then a mile."
the the impression was still vivid in their minds, the
three all got together and made rough sketches of what
they had seen. These inturn were the basis of the artist
conception of the strange affair by Vic Goertson of Twin
Falls for the Times-News.
canyon floor underneath at that particular point was that
it rode up and down over the hills and hollows at a speed
indicating some type of control faster then the reflexes
of man. It is my opinion it is guided by some type of
instruments and must be powered by atomic energy, as it
made very little noise-just a s-w-i-s-h when it passed
described the size as about 20 feet long by 10 feet high
and 10 feet wide, giving it an oblong shape. It might
be described as looking at an inverted pie-plate, or broad-brimmed
straw hat that been compressed from two sides.
for his opinion of just what it was, he said he was convinced
there was something to this "flying saucer"
situation. "I know a number of people who have
also seen them, and I know now that they're not just imagining
seeing these things or trying to get their names in the
do know that it scared the boys, and made me feel uneasy,"
down a rumor that county commissioner Hawkins had seen
an unusual object in the air on the same day as Urie's
experience, the Times-News called him at his Filer home.
I did," he replied without hesitation. "I'll
have to admit, I've been skeptical all along until I saw
it with my own eyes. I can't say what it was, but I can
say there is something in the air."
related that while at Salmon dam Wednesday morning, a
sound resembling that of an echo of a motor caused him
to look upward, and there he saw to circular objects that
reflected light. They were traveling at a great speed,
and higher then most airplanes, according to Hawkins.
from this, he declined to add details, except to say,
"there's something in the air."
general description however, corresponded closely to hundreds
of persons who reported seeing "flying saucers"
after Kenneth Arnold, Boise business man, touched a deluge
by telling of coming upon nine disc-like objects while
he was flying in his private plane in Washington.
the nation became increasingly "flying saucer"
conscious creating a state of mind for four teen age Twin
Falls boys to cause a mild sensation when they built a
model flying disc and tossed in a local yard July 10th.
The was subsequently revealed as a hoax, following the
investigation by the army and the FBI.
after, the saucer reports tapered off into a few scattered
incidents until the question was revived by this weeks
has ranged from mention that the discs could be army navy
guided missile experiments, or they could be experiments
by some foreign country, to something out of this world.
ever they are, a lot of people have seen something.