They Came Here First: The Strange History of UFOs in the Pacific Northwest

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Join us for one of many Wilsonville, Oregon history talks happening at the McMenamins Wilsonville Old Church & Pub. Just in time for for the upcoming UFO Festival in nearby McMinnville, James Clarkson, UFO Investigator, will embark on a lively discussion of what happened in Oregon and Washington before the infamous 1947 Roswell UFO crash.

Sit back with a beer, a basket of tots, and tune into Oregon’s rich alien history.


McMenamins Oregon History Talk of the Month:

They Came Here First: The Strange History of UFOs in the Pacific Northwest

This event qualifies for a McMenamins Passport “Attend a McMenamins History-Sponsored Event” Experience Stamp. Doors open at 5 P.M. and arrive early for a seat!


Presented by James Clarkson, UFO Investigator

What happened in Washington and Oregon before the July 4th weekend UFO Crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947? How did the phrase “Flying Saucer” become the common description for unknown aerial vehicles? What would you learn from 30 years of interviewing abductees, policemen and pilots who’ve seen flying discs in the sky, a crashed UFO that became a local legend, a witness who managed an office for scientists at Wright-Patterson involved in the Cover-up, and many other UFO encounters? These are the best cases from an Investigator’s career where Truth is Stranger than Fiction. Also presented, key insights into what is reliable evidence of UFOs and updates current developments.

About the Speaker:

James Clarkson is an Investigator who has stood in two worlds for many years – a career professional investigator in the criminal justice field and as a lifelong researcher of the UFO Mystery. He has been a plainclothes military police investigator, a 20-year career city police officer and fraud investigator who has had many titles: patrol supervisor, detective sergeant, fatal accident team manager and training officer. After retiring with 20 years’ service, he became a child abuse detective and then he completed another decade of service as a fraud investigator for a Washington state agency.

Meanwhile, for the last 30 years he has studied the mystery of UFOs with the same attention to detail that he applied to criminal investigations. In 1986 he joined the Mutual UFO Network. Applying the same passion for solving mysteries to the world of High Strangeness, James Clarkson served as the Washington State Director of MUFON and the Special Assignments Team for MUFON. He has lectured at many UFO events across the country and in Paris as well as appearances on radio and TV. He is the author of TELL MY STORY- June Crain, the Air Force & UFOs as well as the Westport UFO Crash Retrieval Event.