Those individuals living or visiting areas in Southeast Missouri have seen strange things in and around the skies since I think like forever. CLEARWATER LAKE, a few miles from Piedmont was a hot spot in the 70's. My grandparents lived in Centerville (Reynolds county, Missouri) on and off in the late 30's/40's and my grandmother, I believe, had encounters at that time when my brother and I used to visit. That whole area is around Clearwater Lake, Iron Mountain, Reynolds County, Wayne County, etc. My brother woke up one night terrified by a red glowing object in the bedroom. Most of this part of Missouri is still VERY much county.
This is from earthfiles.com.
June 9, 2009 Nashville, Tennessee - Thirty-six years ago in late February through March 1973, residents in Piedmont, Missouri, were captivated by moving, flashing, jumping, zigzagging lights in the sky. Piedmont is 63 miles west of Cape Girardeau, where the U. S. government allegedly retrieved a crashed UFO in 1941. [ See 122802 Earthfiles Archive.]
Piedmont residents reported TV static and stalled cars on highways after unidentified aerial lights flew over. One man reported that he lost his TV signal at the same time his home lights dimmed and his house shook. He went outside and saw an egg-shaped object hovering in the air nearby, emitting a high-pitched sound. His dogs ran away to hide.
Other Piedmont residents reported seeing lights in the night sky that made erratic turns, flashed lights like airliners, but blinked out when real airliners approached. There were even reports of people seeing discs on the ground in fields and glowing objects moving underwater in nearby Clearwater Lake. Local TV called all of it, “the Piedmont UFO.”Prof. Harley D. Rutledge, Ph.D., who was Chairman of the Physics Department at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, decided to investigate. Prof. Rutledge organized a team of observers with Questar telescopes, sophisticated frequency monitoring equipment and cameras. He called his research effort “Project Identification” and later produced a 1981 book about his question: What were the lights in the sky that seemed to mimic stars, helicopters and airplanes?
Prof. Rutledge named part of the phenomenon “pseudostars.” Pseudostars, he said, were lights pretending to be stars camouflaged by familiar constellations of real stars. But pseudostars moved, and Project Identification caught their stealthy motion in time lapse photographs.
Some glowing objects resembled normal aircraft flashing lights. While other strange, mysterious lights seemed to violate known laws of Earth physics as if flaunting their extraordinary flight abilities. But what baffled Prof. Rutledge most were lights in the sky that repeatedly seemed to react to the Project Identification people observing the lights.
Now in 2009, about 150 miles southeast of Piedmont in Nashville, Tennessee, on the western edge of town, more lights have appeared since October 2008, that also seem to mimic stars, helicopters and airplanes. Retired engineering designer and professional artist, Gary Mansfield, began noticing odd light behavior in October, while looking at the sky from the deck of his Bellevue suburban home on the western edge of Nashville. Since then, over the past eight months, Gary says he has seen at least fifty aerial objects that baffle him and his fiance, Kim, who has been a second eyewitness on many of the light events - including February 16, 2009, at 9:40 p.m. Central, a straight line of vivid lights suddenly appeared in the sky without motion.
Early accounts of Clearwater Lake Ufo's.