10 Things the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About Area 51

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A family owns private land six miles from Area 51

In 1889, the Sheahan family founded Groom Mine and settled on what’s now the Nevada Test and Training Range. In the 1950s, the Sheahans dealt with stray bullets, radioactive fallout, bomb blasts, and other dangers from military tests, but the family refused to leave and took their rights to the land to court.

They don’t live there anymore, but they do still own and occasionally visit the property, which sits just six miles from the end of Area 51’s runway. If the Sheahans want to take guests, the newbies need to provide information such as Social Security number and birthdate before gaining access.

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