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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8c900000 When you’re just driving by, they all look pretty much the same.“The green and white markers everyone sees around our highways; to mark important events, important people, important things about New Hampshire.”When you look a little closer, you find each of the state’s 236 historical markers tells a unique story. In this series, Michael Brindley tells some of those stories.

Marking History: The Betty And Barney Hill Incident In Lincoln

New Hampshire is known for many things, but it holds a special place in the world of the extraterrestrial.

“The Betty and Barney Hill Incident” is considered to be the first widely reported alien abduction in the United States.

Their story lives on in the form of a historical marker along Route 3 in Lincoln.

The state put up the marker in 2011, fifty years after the events reportedly occurred.

As part of our ongoing series, “Marking History,” NHPR’s Michael Brindley met with Mike Stevens of Farmington, who led the effort to get the marker put up.

Stevens says while skeptics have come up with a number of theories debunking the Hill’s claims, he’s a believer. 

The Wikipedia entry on the reported abduction offers an extensive history.

The University of New Hampshire library has an archive of the event's history.

Watch the movie, "The UFO Incident," based on the Hill's story. It features a young James Earl Jones in the role of Barney Hill.

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