Update: In January 2015, the Black Mailbox was stolen. Due to constant vandalism, it may never be replaced.
On a deserted stretch of road between Alamo and Rachel, Nevada known as “The Extraterrestrial Highway,” there is a lone mailbox with the names of two recipients; the unalarming “Steve Medlin,” and then a smaller box simply labeled, “Alien.”
Known as The Black Mailbox, this isolated container would probably not have garnered any attention were it not for its close proximity to nearby UFO hot spot, Area 51.
The box has been a popular meeting spot for the extraterrestrial-obsessed ever since Area 51 enthusiast Bob Lazar said he would bring people to the spot to see scheduled UFO flights. Some came just to look at the plain postal box, others camped near it for days in the hopes of spotting alien life.
Despite spurious reports of lights in the sky and other such extraterrestrial signifiers, the box’s owner, rancher Steve Medlin, does not believe that aliens have anything to do with the sightings. The mailbox (once black, now painted white) is constructed out of thick, bulletproof metal and shuttered with massive padlocks, measures taken after alien hunting fanatics began stealing his mail and even firing guns at the box.
The smaller box, marked “Alien” was added after the rancher got tired of receiving missives directed to visitors from outer space. Alien enthusiasts making pilgrimage to the site often put dollar bills in the box.