Meet the mysterious black box of Area 51

This story takes us to the desolate wilderness of the US state of Nevada, on Nevada State Route 375. The highway is virtually unused and winds through rugged topography of desert scrub. In vast areas of the lunar landscape and in open terrain, any human being can travel miles without encountering another human soul. It is a remote and uninhabitable place, more like an arid desert. The existence of a ‘black mailbox’ at such a location has become an icon of UFO strangeness and legendary among alien hunters.

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Nevada State Route 375 has attracted a lot of attention for its proximity to the infamous Area 51. The government continues to fly survey discs. It is known as a hotspot for UFO sightings, in itself, infamously known as “the Extraterrestrial Highway”.

Driving through these sunny wastelands, you can occasionally see roadside attractions such as spring blooming in the jungle. But among them all is the Black Mailbox, which dates back to the 1970s. Steve Medlin, a cowboy, and his wife Glenda discovered it back then, when they moved to a sprawling ranch in the Tikaboo Valley. However, the couple was unaware of anything about the supposed top secret Area 51. They lived just a few steps away from the mountain and for years led a peaceful life, unaware of the black mailbox. This was about 6 miles from his property. Back then it was just a regular mailbox and Route 375 a normal stretch of highway. Little did they know that their lives would take such a strange turn.

Steve and Glenda Medlin

The Discovery Black Mailbox

It wasn’t until the 1980s that things started to get a little weirder. The United States Air Force suddenly moved into the Medlin breeding area. The Air Force confiscated 89,000 acres of public land that Medlin used to graze his cattle. They gave him no explanation and told him not to graze his cattle there. However, Medlin found a negotiation to herd his cattle in the area, with the strict condition of keeping the Air Force informed about the movement of his cattle, through a special radio provided by them. The couple was suspicious at the time, although they did not question anything, as they did not want to lose ground. They still didn’t know anything about Area 51.

Then, in 1989, former government official Bob Lazar came along with his spectacular story of working on secret alien technology in that area. UFO hunters and alien enthusiasts have ventured into the valley, hoping to see Area 51 and UFOs.

Mysteries of the Black Mailbox

Aside from this unnecessary attention, in some ways people started to believe that the Buzón Negro, near the Medlin property, was actually used by Area 51. of the zone. The mailbox was like a mecca for UFO hunters and the curious. They checked emails or left theirs inside, directing them to the government or the aliens. Often, the emails were stolen by conspiracy theorists, who considered the emails to be top-secret encrypted messages.

There were rumors that the Medlins had a top secret contract with the US government to supply cows for cattle mutilation. On rare occasions, bullets were found in the mailbox. It got to the point where Medlins had to put a heavy padlock on it to prevent theft.

He even installed another small mailbox marked “alien” after getting tired of people leaving him emails from aliens. In addition to widespread rumors that the Black Mailbox is Area 51’s mailbox, the neighborhood has gained a reputation as a hotspot for UFO sightings.

The black mailbox

adventure tourism travelers

People drove through the area and camped near it, hoping to witness something supernatural. Some visitors pointed cameras at the summit where Area 51 once stood, hoping to see alien spacecraft that had allegedly been reverse-engineered by the government. Others expected to see UFOs piloted by the aliens themselves. Others hoped the aliens would take them away. While it wasn’t technically their property, the Medlins viewed it all with disdain. They didn’t believe in UFOs or secret alien projects at the base. They just wanted peace and quiet and be alone. In Medlin’s words:

“For some reason, Tuesday nights were when they thought aliens were coming. So it was Wednesday. They were waiting for the aliens to abduct them and were eager to meet them. . . . We just shake our heads. It was so stupid. ”

what remains today

Over the years, the black mailbox has been stolen several times, its color has changed. Sometimes it looked black, sometimes white, blue, and 2019, black again. Graffiti and stickers left by visitors, area surrounded by garbage left by tourists. It remained, a major tourist attraction, people driving long hours to the arid and desert lands. They venture into the realm of nothingness, just to take a picture with this lone black mailbox.

According to Joerg Arnu, the website Dreamlandresort, said of Black Mailbox:

“At one point when I visited the mailbox, I saw that Mulder from the X-Files had signed it. So, you know, it became part of Area 51 lore, and people still frequented there. It was almost like a sanctuary, it was almost like you had to visit the black mailbox, or your mission is not complete. ”


The Medlins have finally had enough of this chaos. In late 2020, they put their ranch on the market for a starting price of $4.5 million. It includes two houses, 70 livestock irrigation sites, a government weather station, 750 head of cattle and 80 acres in total. The mailbox is still there today. Grab the attention of visitors even today. So it’s a curious case of an urban legend that’s been getting attention above and beyond. Especially intriguing given that the mailbox has managed to continue to show that it is certainly a region that holds mysteries of the UFO world.

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