Eerie $5.8m ranch for sale next to Area 51 comes with iconic item

Yahoo News Staff
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A farm adjacent to the world's most iconic military base is up for sale and it comes with an equally iconic mailbox.

Located on 20031 Rock Springs Road in Alamo, Nevada is the Medlin Ranch, roughly 225km from Las Vegas, but right next to Area 51.

The Medlin Ranch has been on the market since last year. The ranch itself has four bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house of the property.

Cattle, grazing and equipment are included, according to the listing on realtor.com.

The farm itself stretches across 80 acres and is listed for $US4.5m ($A5.8m), but perhaps what is most intriguing about the ranch is its proximity to Area 51 and the black mailbox.

The Medlin Ranch, located next to Area 51, is on the market. Source: realtor.com
The Medlin Ranch, located next to Area 51, is on the market. Source: realtor.com

Area 51 and the black mailbox

Built in 1955, Area 51 has been shrouded in mystery for years and subject to conspiracy theories pertaining to aliens, with whistleblowers alleging alien technology was being developed at the site.

Officially, it is a United States Air Force base.

In the early 1970s, a man named Steve Medlin moved into the Tikaboo Valley, building the ranch now known as the Medlin Ranch, Mystery Wire, a site dedicated to all things Area 51 reported.

Medlin and his wife Glenda knew nothing of what was going on across a mountain peak, which seemingly separates the ranch from the base, though he would go on to work out a secret deal with the airforce.

The US Air Force seized 89,000 acres of public land in the mid 1980s, some of the land was where Medlin's cattle grazed, veteran investigative journalist George Knapp wrote for Mystery Wire, which is seemingly affiliated with KLAS-TV.

The Medlin ranch, located at 20031 Rock Springs Road Road in Nevada is located next to Area 51.  Source: Google Maps
The Medlin ranch, located at 20031 Rock Springs Road Road in Nevada is located next to Area 51. Source: Google Maps

Medlin and the Air Force came to an agreement where he was allowed to enter Area 51 to look after his cattle, but he would need to call first on the radio the government gave him.

Interest surrounding Area 51 spiked following Bob Lazar coming forward about what was happening at Area 51 in 1989.

The self-proclaimed American physicist said his work involved studying alien technology at a site close to the Area 51 testing facility called S-4.

The black mailbox which belonged to Medlin became famous, following Lazar's interview with KLAS-TV.

The Medlin Ranch was built by Steve Medlin in the 1970s. Source: realtor.com
The Medlin Ranch was built by Steve Medlin in the 1970s. Source: realtor.com

The person behind Dreamland Resort, a website dedicated to Area 51, Joerg Arnu, told Mystery Wire people believed Medlin's mailbox belonged to Area 51.

Over the years, the mailbox has been replaced, varying in colour and often graffitied, and still remains somewhat of a tourist attraction for those travelling along Extraterrestrial Highway.

According to Mystery Wire, the Medlins are ready to move, from their ranch and Area 51. The property is reportedly in escrow though as of last week, it had not been closed.

Steve Medlin's mailbox, dubbed 'The Black Mailbox' became as iconic as Area 51. Source: Google/Nifty Nea
Steve Medlin's mailbox, dubbed 'The Black Mailbox' became as iconic as Area 51. Source: Google/Nifty Nea

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