Located in southeastern New Mexico, Roswell is the seat of Chaves County. Originally settled in 1869, the city would see rapid growth after the discovery of artesian wells and the coming of the railroad in the 1890s. This rapid growth would lead to incorporation by 1903. Today the city is widely viewed as the "UFO Capitol of the World" due to the mysterious crash of an unidentified flying object in July 1947. The annual Roswell UFO Festival attracts visitors from all over the world to commemorate this unusual event.