The oh-so-secret facility, the place that did not officially exist for decades, is the rock star of military bases, literally.
There's an Area 51 video game, an Area 51 bar, a lot of Area 51 gifts shops, jerky stores, a dance troupe and fireworks company.
When it first opened in 1955, the government sent out a news release with KLAS-TV on the list of recipients, saying this was just a temporary atomic energy runway and dormitory, no big deal.
Mainstream news organizations scoffed at the claims made by Bob Lazar, but since 1989 every major news organization in the world has covered the Area 51 story.
The businesses are bookends on the world's only Extraterrestrial Highway, dedicated back in 1996 by savvy Governor Bob Miller.
Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp and Chief Photojournalist Matt Adams
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