The Denver International Airport: Freemason, Alien and Illuminati Hotspot, or Questionably Designed Airport?

By: Lauren Nowakowski

Ever since opening day on February 28, 1995 the Denver International Airport has attracted a lot of attention from flight customers, conspiracy theorists, and workers alike. The airport itself cost a reported 4.8 billion dollars (Hsu). Of the many conspiracy theories that surround the airport some of the most extraordinary are the belief that the paintings inside hold clues to the apocalypse, there are underground bunkers that were built for the world’s elite, and even that lizard people and aliens are hiding in the underground baggage transport tunnels (Wenzel). Although these are definitely interesting theories the one I am going to focus on is the belief that the Denver International Airport was built, and is controlled, by the Freemason’s and the other elites of the world. The people who are believing this idea are often people who don’t understand why else the airport would have cost and took so much time and money to build, and why it has so many of these strange attractions (such as the apocalyptic murals, horse sculptures, bunkers, and dedication plaques). Many conspiracy theorists such as Jesse Ventura have popularized these ideas through their televisions shows that showcase these theories. Information on the theory that the airport was built by the freemason’s can be found all over the internet, and specifically in Newspapers found around Denver. Even the airport itself has begun commenting on the conspiracy theories associated with it, by using fun advertisements in the airport. The CEO of the company, Kim Day, does not argue with the conspiracy theories, but has instead decided to use it to their advantage through exhibitions, parties, and a competition to tour underneath the airport (Wolfson). This conspiracy theory has been popularized ever since the dedication plaque with a masonic symbol appeared at the South entrance dating March 19, 1994 (“A Vacationers Guide”).

So, what exactly are the facts of the matter, and why do people believe that the freemasons had a part in the creation of the Denver international airport? First off, the dedication stone, has the freemason logo on it and was paid for by two Freemason grand lodges that are located in Colorado (Wolfson). The dedication stone also names the ‘New World Airport Commission’ on it. This organization supposedly has very little information about it, which is why theorists tend to believe that it has ties to the masons and the New World Order. People often connect the Freemason’s with the illuminati, leading people to believe that this secret society was, and is, in control of the airport. The Mayor himself at the dedication ceremony was a member of the freemasons, and has some of his own items in the time capsule below the stone (John). With all of this evidence in support of the belief, there is also a lot of evidence that goes against it. For example, although the dedication stone was made by the free-masons, it is not necessarily uncommon to have the Masons do this, because they are a charity social organization (John). Second, the New World Airport Commission has a typo on the dedication plaque and is missing a comma. Instead of reading ‘New World Airport Commission’ it should read ‘New World, Airport Commission.’ Also, even though the New World, Airport Commission does not exist now, there was one in 1994 (John). Also, the Grand Secretary of the MW Grand Lodge of Colorado responded to these claims stating, “The Freemasons had nothing to do with building the Denver International Airport. The only involvement was the ceremony that was performed for the dedication capstone that was done on March 19,1994” (John). Lastly, Charles Ansbacher, the New World Airport Commission’s chairman stated that he wasn’t sure about why it was named what it was, but that it was most likely a reference to a common symphony known as Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, or also title the “New World Symphony” (Wenzel)

There are many cognitive contributions for why people believe this belief. First, many believers are conducting confirmation bias, by only looking for evidence to confirm their theory (Van Zandt). This can be seen when people ignore the fact that the New World, Airport Commission did exist at one point even though it no longer does. This is also seen when people look at the dedication stone’s symbols and believe that the Freemason’s must have been in control of the whole airport because their symbols are on the stone. They are ignoring all of the evidence that disconfirms these beliefs. People are also tolerating inconsistencies by believing that the free masons built and control the airport even though there is evidence that disproves this idea. Many people who believe in this do not know all of the facts, such as the New World Airport Commission did once exist, and that the free masons do not equal the illuminati. They often become mistaken because of evidence that is put out into YouTube videos and documentaries that are made with the purpose to convince you that these ideas are true. They often only show the evidence that seemingly proves the conspiracy, and leave out the information that often disconfirms it.

There seems to be many social and contextual contributions that lead to this belief. For example, a video on YouTube posted be SEA titled, “The Denver Airport Conspiracy – A Secret New World Order Bunker?,” has 1.4 million views, meaning this conspiracy theory has reached a great number of people. You also have the documentary made by Jesse Ventura that has brought even more attention to this theory. The different designs within the airport also do not help disconfirm the theories, because of the seemingly wackiness to it. There is a 9,000 pound, 10-meter-tall cast fiberglass blue horse with red eyes located outside of the airport (Allegretti). There is also the problem that because the Airport is in fact an airport, many people come through their doors every day, leading to more exposure of the airport and its quirks. Lastly, the Denver airport officials themselves aren’t outright denying the claims anymore, and are now poking fun at the conspiracy theories through their use of advertisements. The advertisements themselves don’t debunk the theories on the signs, but instead direct you to a website titled (Barber). This may lead people toward getting the wrong idea.

In conclusion, the theories that surround the Denver international airport are definitely interesting, and there are still many questions that are left unanswered. The Freemason’s were definitely a part of the dedication ceremony, but besides that they really weren’t a part of the airport construction, or control wise. The advertisements themselves aren’t helping but the conspiracy theories to bed either, if anything they are bringing even more people into the conspiracy theories. Although the airport is a place with many interesting objects, and ideas surrounding so are many other places. The fact that the airport has so many conspiracies may just be due to the high level of exposure it gets being an airport. I myself have traveled through this airport, and even though I didn’t see any aliens, freemason elite, or underground bunkers, I definitely saw a lot of weird paintings, stones, and gargoyles, that did have me thinking twice about their meanings. But I guess that’s how a lot of conspiracies can start, second guessing something and looking down a rabbit hole of biased evidence with other misinformed people supporting you.


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Wolfson, Sam. “’Remodeling the Lizard People’s Lair’: Denver Airport Trolls Conspiracy Theorists.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 7 Sept. 2018,


12 thoughts on “The Denver International Airport: Freemason, Alien and Illuminati Hotspot, or Questionably Designed Airport?

  1. Do you think there is anything particularly special about the city of Denver that led it to be the target of this extraordinary belief?

    • I looked into your question and yes the location does play a role in this extraordinary belief. There are many things that contribute to this, the fact that it had previously been home to several tunnels and underground bunkers. The way the runway is shaped and the markings all around the place, which were only there as designs.

  2. I remember researching this on my own as a middle schooler before my first trip to the Denver airport. Sure enough, the murals, statues, and plaques existed in their rightful place. I remember having almost regretted looking into it as much as I did because I had an eerie feeling the entire time, and wasn’t going to tell my parents why of course.

    • When I went to the airport a few years ago I had not heard anything about the conspiracy theories surrounding the airport so I was really wondering what was going on when I got there. I remember seeing all of the interesting murals and specifically “blucifer.” My dad and I kind of wondered what was up, but I didn’t really dive into the conspiracy theories until writing this blog. Blucifer itself seems to be almost infamous. When I was telling my roommates about this theory they all knew about the giant blue horse outside of the airport even if they didn’t know about the rest of the conspiracies.

  3. Wow, this was really interesting to read. I didn’t know anything about this extraordinary belief related to the Denver airport. And I am just shocked to see that the Mayor, gave into all this nonsense. When a leader believes such stuff it automatically increases the faith in these things by the common people.

  4. I think that its a really interesting move by the CEO to kind of feed in to the conspiracy. I feel like normally you have people just deny, deny, deny, but she seems to almost be encouraging it by having parties and competitions to tour underground. I found that really amusing.

  5. I definitely just spent 20 minutes Googling this conspiracy theory, as well as what Freemasons are. You would think that if this were true, the CEO would not comment on it, as tours and whatnot would expose the truth. By reading your comment that it had been home to tunnels and bunkers, it seems that people just want to put irrelevant information together and make something out of it, which is unrealistic but really creative. I would also be interested to know what specific clues the paintings contain in reference to the apocalypse.

  6. I have never heard this conspiracy and haven’t been to there before. So I search the pictures of it. It’s amazing that I really find some interesting part of the Denver International Airport. The platform of the airport looks like the mark of the Nazi. The status of the Blucifer in front of the airport is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But I still think it’s just a form of the art the like the creepy picture in the airport. It seems like a large amount of money using in building the airport makes many people start to doubt what is its the purpose. Overall, it’s just the conspircy and it’s a really interesting post.

  7. I had the great pleasure of visiting the Denver airport for the first time earlier this semester. As I walked through the atrium, I picked up on some ancient Mayan architecturally derived vibes. It was truly a beautiful airport. My father-in-law was actually the first one to tell me anything about the extraordinary beliefs that are housed by the airport. It’s quite fascinating really. Thank you for sharing this post.

  8. Reading your blog post makes me want to travel to Colorado solely for the purpose of visiting this airport. I find it funny that the airport is messing with people and making a joke out of the conspiracy theories. I bet it has really increased their business.

  9. After reading this conspiracy about Denver airport and freemason, I realize that we could always find some evidence to show the correlation between two things. However, this kind of correlations are often farfetched and obscure. The secret of conspiracy believers is to regard many correlations as causations. In this case, they interpret the unique indoor decoration of the airport as a consequence of freemason’s propagandize. But in fact, there’s not any evidence to show the causal relation between the two.

  10. I think it is amusing that the Denver International Airport uses the conspiracy theories surrounding them as a marketing tool. The things people take out of context and chose to spin into misinformation is incredible. Why Denver? The imaging found in Denver can be graffiti or have a multitude of other explanations.

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