From eerie lights that seem to have no source to UFO sightings, every state has some sort of unexplained natural phenomena. But surely there’s a logical explanation…right? Maybe not. Check out these 10 creepy mysteries of Texas and decide for yourself.
1) Ghost Road (Saratoga)
Bragg Road, more commonly referred to as Ghost Road, is a Hardin Country legend. People say a bluish-white light appears to be at the end of the road - but never gets bigger no matter how close one gets to it. It does, however, approach your car as you drive down the road. Legend has it a railroad brakeman lost his head in an accident and is doomed to haunt the road for eternity searching for it. Is it swamp gas...or something more sinister?
2) Marfa Lights (Marfa)
West Texas' famous Marfa lights have been seen for over a century. They are said to appear low on the horizon near the base of the Chinati Mountains and move sporatically before mysteriously disappearing. The folklore behind the lights has to do with the spirits of Native American chiefs. Skeptics say the mystery is nothing more than car lights from the distant highway. What do you think?
3) Neches River Lights (Village Creek)
Saratoga isn't the only place in the Big Thicket to catch a glimpse of strange lights. About 30 miles north of Beaumont, near Village Creek, hunters have reported sightings of a spherical red light floating above the Neches River. When their hunter's instincts took over and compelled them to reach for their shotgun, the light disappeared in an instant.
4) East Texas Blowdown
In 1998, a "freak wind" blew down an estimated 4 million trees throughout East Texas. Wind speed was hurricane force - between 70 and 120 miles per hour with gusts up to 150 miles per hour. It's speculated that the jet stream dipped to the surface of the earth, but that requires an outside force acting on it first, such as the earth's electromagnetic field. Rumors connect the blowdown to UFOs.
5) Piney Woods UFO (Huffman)
On the night of December 29, 1980, Betty Cash, her friend, and her grandson were driving from New Caney to Dayton on FM 1485. They came upon a light in the sky that loomed larger as they approached. Suddenly, a diamond-shaped craft surrounded by black helicopters emerged from the treetops and hovered above their car. But that isn't all - all three witnesses became violently ill within hours of returning home to Dayton, sustaining life-threatening injuries including skin burns and radiation poisoning which were documented by medical professionals. What could be the reasonable explanation for this?
6) Route 201 Ghost Light (Hemphill)
Accounts have been made of a bright ball of light appearing out of nowhere on the highway heading towards Jasper. It is said to "intelligently" streak over the hoods of cars as if on purpose before heading the opposite direction on the road. It happens in broad daylight, too, which reduces the amount of scientific explanations that could be made.
7) Uncle Jessie's UFO Sighting (Baytown)
No, sadly, I'm not referring to Uncle Jessie from Full House - but this is so much cooler! A man named Jessie told "Weird Texas" that he was on his way back to Texas City from a business trip when he encountered a glowing saucer-shaped craft near the Baytown exit in a swampy, woodsy area. And as if that isn't enough, his truck, along with another heading the opposite direction, died, the electrical systems completely shut down. Neither man contacted the authorities, knowing their claims would be dismissed. Who knows how many similar sightings go undocumented? It could be more than you'd ever imagine.
8) Bailey Ghost Light (Angleton)
Yet another ghost light has been spotted in Texas, this one being in Bailey's Prairie in Brazoria County. Spectators claim an intense white light heads straight for you if you park your car in a certain spot. Legend has it that a brutal slave owner in the area, Old Man Bailey, asked to be buried with a jug of whiskey at his feet when he died. The slaves he tortured over the years stole the whiskey from his grave and drank it, causing him to haunt the town searching for his jug. Better not be around on a night he's thirsty!
9) Beaumont Blackout (Beaumont)
Ghost lights are often associated with electrical disturbances. On May 3, 1985, a massive blackout occurred leaving 132,000 people in Southeast Texas without power. Kevin Carmody of the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper claimed that at the time of the blackout, his car also lost power, only to come back to life minutes later. People also reported picking up Houston radio stations that they didn't receive normally. The local electric company chalked it up to a lightning storm a hundred miles north of Beaumont, but that wouldn't explain the car battery dying or the radio station range widening. What really caused the blackout may never be uncovered.
10) Anson Ghost Lights (Anson)
In a small town north of Abilene lurks a sinister secret. Locals say if you go to the graveyard just outside town and flash your headlights three times, you'll see a slow-moving white ball of light resembling a flashlight. According to folklore, in the 19th century three boys were sent outside by their mother to chop wood one night and told to flash their lanterns three times if they encountered any trouble. They did so, but it was too late by the time their mother found them. So now, when visitors flash their headlights, the woman's spirit believes it is her sons and searches for them with her own lantern, which is the light that can be seen.
What’s your take on these phenomena – are you a believer or a skeptic? Have you ever experienced any of these? What about any other weird natural occurrences in Texas? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below!