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ID4 Monument

The ID4 Monument is a time capsule placed in Rachel, Nevada by the producers of Independence Day, which filmed some scenes in Rachel, in 1996.[1] The time capsule is installed in front of the Little A’Le’Inn and is intended to be open in 2050.


The time capsule was first conceived when Twentieth Century Fox learned about the renaming of Nevada State Route 375 as the Extraterrestrial Highway in February 1996 after the Nevada Commission on Tourism sought to capitalize the UFO sensations associated with Area 51, which is located near Rachel. The studio used the opportunity to promote the release of Independence Day. A public dedication ceremony for the Extraterrestrial Highway was held in Rachel on April 18, 1996. The ceremony was attended by Nevada Governor Bob Miller, studio executives, and actors Jeff Goldblum, Robert Loggia, Bill Pullman, and Brent Spiner.[2]

The time capsule was unveiled during the end of the event, with several guests donating pre-planned items to the time capsule including previews and props from Independence Day, books of art and culture, pages from Brent Spiner's script for Star Trek: First Contact, models of stealth bombers from Governor Miller, and a "universal gaming chip" contributed by Lieutenant Governor Lonnie Hammargren.[2]


On the eighteenth day of April, A.D. 1996,

Twentieth Century Fox hereby dedicates
this time capsule and beacon
for visitors from distant stars,
to the State of Nevada and the
"Extraterrestrial Highway."

This time capsule will serve as a beacon,
to be opened in the year A.D. 2050,
by which time interplanetary travelers
shall be regular guests of our planet Earth.

Governor Bob Miller of the State of Nevada

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

The filmmakers and cast of INDEPENDENCE DAY


  1. "Area 51 - Rachel, Nevada".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Nevada Dedicates Extraterrestrial Highway". Las Vegas Leisure Guide. January 9, 1997.