An Alien in Mars

Famous Spaceship in Mars, PA

On a trip between Canada and Lexington in April 2008 I took a trip to West Virginia and Pennsylvania and made my way to Mars (see full report).

Welcome to Mars

Mars is a small town in western Pennsylvania.  From what I could locate there is not really any history as to how the town got its name.  The town was founded in 1873 by a Samuel Parks, where he eventually had a Post Office added to his home and had assistance from a certain Samuel Marshall.  The original name was Overbrook, but in 1882 it was changed to Mars since there was already a train station along the way called Overbrook. Speculation has it that the town was a shortened version from Marshall.

In 1895 the town was incorporated as a borough.

Residents of Mars are often called “Martians”, or “Planets” because of the high school team name, which is actually the “Fightin’ Planets.”

The Mars logo kind of floats around the town, here is one on a brick:

Mars Brick

And then let’s not forget the only Bank form Mars!!

Mars National Bank


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Mars, Pennsylvania

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Where on earth is Earth?

Earth is that way

When returning from a trip to Arizona in May 2011, we came back through NM, visited Roswell and then, from all the UFO stuff in Roswell, we found ourselves arriving in Earth, TX.

Earth is only 6 miles away

According to a Wikipedia article, “Earth was established by William E. Halsell, who laid out the townsite in 1924. Originally Halsell named the town Fairlawn, but in 1925 it was renamed Earth when it was learned that there was already a town in Texas by the name of Fairlawn.In order to find a new name the townspeople sent in suggestions, and the agreed-upon best name was chosen. The name Earth was submitted by Ora Hume (O.H.) Reeves, who became the owner of the town hotel. Mr. Reeves’ son-in-law, Frank Wesley Hyatt, was the first postmaster in Earth.

Small population in Earth
Old Earth Welcome sign
Earth United Methodist Church

Ha…there is a church in Earth!!

Yes, there is Earth Police
….And an Earth Fire Department
Welcome to Earth
Earth Water Tower

Oh yes, let’s not forget the Earth water tower!!


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Earth, Texas

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