"Everyone in this town has a story," says Brian Paschal, a self-described
alien afficionado who has made repeated visits to Rachel. "And they're
all very suspicious - it's like the moment you step into town,
everyone knows about it. You walk into a restaurant, and everyone
stops what they're doing and turns around to check you out.
It's not hard to feel like an outsider."
think there are people and machines from other planets over there,"
says Pat Travis, co-owner of the Little A'Le'Inn. "And
I think our government is working in conjunction with them."
Pat Travis and her husband Joe took over what was then the Rachel
Bar and Grill, in 1989. Seizing upon the notoriety of what was hidden
on the other side of the forbidding brown mountains, the Travises
renamed the establishment the Little A'Le'Inn, transforming
the tiny restaurant into a sort of museum and gathering place for
the alien movement.
The cramped, kitschy Inn is literally jam-packed with alien memorabilia
- stickers, hats, t-shirts, posters, stuffed animals
replicas of the infamous government warning signs which line the
perimeter of Nellis Air Force Base ("No Trespassing - Violators
Will Be Shot on Site"). The walls are decorated with framed photos
of UFO sightings from all over the world. The piece de resistance
of this makeshift museum is a panoramic print of the Air Force Base
- including what theorists believe to be the hangar containing the
alien ruins - snapped from atop Tikaboo Peak, one of the highest
non-government owned mountaintops in central Nevada.
A tiny closet in the corner of the Inn contains possibly the most
staggering collection of alien- and conspiracy-related videos on
earth (or elsewhere). Everything from the abduction-heavy motion
picture Fire In The Sky to alien-related television specials
are available, providing ample fuel for the uneasiness of the Inn's