Located on a remote portion of land along the southern shore of Groom Lake, approximately eighty-three miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, is a top secret U.S. military installation known as Area 51. Since its construction in 1955, a numerical quandary has left many a conspiracy theorist scratching their head and wondering, “What exactly does the ’51′ in Area 51 refer to?” The answer has less to do with alien autopsies than with mundane land surveying.
A cryptonym is a secret name or code word that usually relates to a classified military operation. Most notably, the Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA, has used code names to reference people, operations and other agencies since it was established in 1947. Hoping to attract workers to the base to begin testing on the new U-2 Spy Plane, Area 51 was originally named Paradise Ranch. However, this blissful alias soon gave way to its more famous, cryptic code name.
The number 51 refers to the grid, or parcel of land, that the secret military base sits on. Maps dating back to the 1950s mark the area of land surrounding Groom Lake, approximately 6 miles north-to-south by 10 miles east-to-west, as Area 51. A small nuclear testing site located just to the north is called Area 13 – also named for the stretch of land it occupies. So the numeral does not designate the 51st flying saucer found in Nevada, nor anything else related to extraterrestrials.
Arlington Alexandria Crime Watch
The Washington Post February 27, 2003 The following were among crime reports received recently from the Alexandria Police Department. For more information, call 703-838- 4636.
THEFTS/BREAK-INS CLAYTON LANE, 400 block, 6:30 a.m. to 10:38 p.m. Feb. 13. Jewelry was stolen from a residence entered by forcing open a rear door.
COLUMBUS ST. S., 100 block, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 to 10 a.m. Feb. 18. Computer equipment was stolen from a business.
DUKE ST., 1200 block, 10:43 to 10:46 p.m. Feb. 18. A purse was stolen from a residence entered by breaking a window.
DUKE ST., 4100 block, 2 to 8 a.m. Feb. 13. A business was entered by forcing open a rear door. Nothing was reported missing.
FORT WARD PL., 2200 block, noon Feb. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19. A residence was entered by breaking a door. Nothing was reported missing.
MORGAN ST. N., 5500 block, 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 14. Electronic equipment was stolen from a residence.
PRINCE ST., 1200 block, 8:35 p.m. Feb. 15. A purse was stolen from a residence entered by forcing open a door.
PRINCE ST., 1300 block, 10 p.m. Feb. 17 to 8 a.m. Feb. 18. A purse was stolen from a residence entered by forcing open a door.
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS ALFRED ST. N., 300 block, 9 a.m. Feb. 14 to 9 a.m. Feb. 15. A white 1993 Toyota Camry was stolen. web site 2003 ford focus
DUKE ST., 4500 block, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 to noon Feb. 19. A blue 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier was stolen.
EDSALL RD., 5700 block, 12:30 to 12:40 a.m. Feb. 14. A beige 1989 Nissan Maxima was stolen.
KENNEDY ST., 1-100 block, 11:50 p.m. Feb. 13 to 12:05 a.m. Feb. 14. A blue 1990 Toyota Corolla was stolen.
RALEIGH AVE., 4400 block, 11:30 p.m. Feb. 15 to 4:50 a.m. Feb. 18. A beige 2003 Ford Focus was stolen.
STRUTFIELD LANE, 4500 block, noon to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16. A black 1996 Ford Explorer was stolen.
WHITING ST. S., 200 block, 11:15 p.m. Feb. 12 to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 13. A gold 2002 Dodge Stratus was stolen.
The following were among crime reports received recently by the Arlington County Police Department. For more information, call 703- 228-4050.
REWARDS FOR INFORMATION Arlington County Crime Solvers, a nonprofit community organization, will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in connection with these and any other felonies. Call the 24- hour hotline at 703-522-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.
ROBBERIES WALTER REED DR. S., 1900 block, 12:32 a.m. Feb. 15. A male pushed a female pedestrian, 28, to the ground, grabbed her purse and fled.
WAYNE ST. N., 700 block, noon Feb. 11. A male stabbed a 21-year- old woman in the abdomen as she entered her apartment building, then took her purse and fled. The victim was transported to a hospital.
NINTH ST. S., 5000 block, 1:15 a.m. Feb. 15. A man started talking to a female, 30, who was getting out of her vehicle. As she was walking away, the man grabbed and hit her, took her purse and fled.
THEFTS/BREAK-INS FAIRFAX DR. N., 4300 block, 2 p.m. Feb. 17 to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Three laptop computers were stolen from an office.
JEFFERSON ST. S., 1000 block, 10:35 p.m. Feb. 15. Two men forcibly entered an apartment. Nothing was reported missing. Two men, ages 19 and 22, were arrested and charged with burglary.
LYNN ST. N., 1900 block, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 to 6 a.m. Feb. 12. A digital light projector, a CD player and head sets were stolen from a business entered by prying open a door.
17TH ST. S., 3100 block, 9 p.m. Feb. 15 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16. A residence was entered by breaking a lock on a basement door. Nothing was reported missing. go to site 2003 ford focus
INDECENT EXPOSURE MEADE ST. S., 2800 block, 1:36 p.m. Feb. 18. A man exposed himself to a 48-year-old woman. An Alexandria man, 33, was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS CLARENDON BLVD., 1600 block. A gold 1996 Honda Accord was stolen.
COLUMBIA PIKE, 4300 block. A white 1987 Acura Legend was stolen.
COURTHOUSE RD. S., 1200 block. A black 1994 Honda Accord was stolen.
CRYSTAL DR., 2000 block. A white 1990 Mercury Topaz was stolen.
EADS ST. S., 1200 block. A black 2001 Suzuki GSX motorcycle was stolen.
FOUR MILE RUN DR., 4000 block. A blue 1988 Toyota Camry was stolen.
FOUR MILE RUN DR., 4600 block. A black 1991 Toyota Camry was stolen.
GLEBE RD. N., 600 block. A gold 1995 Honda Accord was stolen.
KEMPER RD. S., 3400 block. A white 1989 Toyota Camry was stolen.
QUEEN ST. S., 1200 block. A gray 1993 Nissan Sentra was stolen.
QUINN ST. N., 1600 block. A blue 1994 Honda Accord was stolen.
STAFFORD ST. N., 900 block. A green 1997 Jeep Wrangler was stolen.
24TH RD. S., 2300 block. A green 1997 Ford XPL was stolen.
26TH ST. N., 4600 block. A silver 2003 Ford Focus was stolen.
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