UFO Welcome Center

UFO Welcome Center

We were driving to the beach on I-26 and we saw a billboard advertising the UFO Welcome Center.

UFO Welcome Center Bowman Planet Earth - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
UFO Welcome Center
Bowman
Planet Earth

We drove past where it said to turn by the time we decided to see it, but believe-it-or-not the GPS knows where it is.

We found the UFO Welcome Center at 4004 Homestead Road in Bowman, South Carolina. It is not far off the interstate.

UFO Welcome Center Bowman SC - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
UFO Welcome Center
Bowman
SC

The signs were angled to be easily visible from the sky for aliens and from the road for us terrestrials.

The next morning I Googled the UFO Welcome Center. There is information all over the internet about it. There is even a Wikipedia page. So here I am adding to the clutter.

Join the Air Force - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
Join the Air Force

The UFO Welcome Center was built by Jody Pendarvis. He started in 1994 and has been adding to it ever since.

Missile - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
Missile

There are two missiles. This one is aiming up, near the fence.
There is another missile that is used as a welcome sign on the other side.

"Space People Only" - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
Space People Only

The larger flying saucer is 42 to 46 feet wide, depending on which website.
The smaller one, on top of the first, is 20 feet wide. They are built of wood, fiberglass, plastic and found items.

"Pictures OK" - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
Pictures OK

The sign says “Pictures OK.” So we took pictures.

There is a motorized entry hatch. You get to the smaller UFO by ladder. - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
There is a motorized entry hatch. You get to the smaller UFO by ladder.

There is a hatch to enter on four columns, powered to raise and lower. Evidently you get to the smaller UFO by ladder.

The UFO Welcome Center is at 4004 Homestead Road in Bowman, South Carolina - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
The UFO Welcome Center is at 4004 Homestead Road in Bowman, South Carolina

The flying saucer is air-conditioned. Unless the aliens are from a very hot planet, that would be appreciated. Bowman, South Carolina is very hot and humid in the summer.

The smaller UFO was added later. - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
The smaller UFO was added later.

The UFO Welcome Center is all ready for any traveling alien to rest. It has a bed and a working bathroom. There is a TV with satellite. Appropriate.

Another missile with the welcome sign - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
Another missile with the welcome sign

Wikipedia says Stephen Colbert talked about the UFO Welcome Center in 2001.

You can tour the UFO Welcome Center. There is no admittance fee, but donations are welcome.

UFO Pickup - UFO Welcome Center – Curiosity Trek
UFO Pickup

I found three old videos from inside the UFO. They are choppy and blurry.