Note: For more information about this and other ghost lights, check out my book The True Ghost Stories Archive: Spooklights, available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Below is a condensed version of the chapter in the book.
Location: Anson, Texas
Appearance: White, orange, or blue light that sways from side to side, near the ground or at tree height. Occasionally splits. May also bounce or twinkle before disappearing gradually. Displays avoidant behavior when approached.
- The light is said to be that of a woman searching for her lost children, carrying a lantern. In some versions, the children are flashing their lanterns to their mother.
- The light is the spirit of a child or children killed on the railroad tracks.
- The light is the lantern flash of a deceased son who worked on the railroad and used it as a signal to tell his mother he was coming home.
Other explanations: In 2000, the Southwest Ghost Hunters Association investigated and declared the lights to be the headlights of passing vehicles on a nearby highway. In 2011, a group from Abilene Christian University came to the same conclusion.
“Since I found out that we are expecting a baby, the light has become very bright and come much closer than before. In fact, we got scared and almost left, thinking that there was a motorcycle coming down the road. My husband has a theory that maybe because of the fact that we have a baby on the way, the ghost somehow senses that and therefore, showed a lot more activity.” – Amber, July 2004
“I really don’t think it could be lights from a near by highway because of the way it moved and hovered.” – Dennis, May 2000
“As the myth tells, we flashed our lights and then waited, but not for long. Shortly after turning off the lights, we were slowly approached by a zig-zagging light in the formation of a flickering lantern. The light slowly made its way down the road about a quarter mile where it stopped in front of us about a hundred yards and then suddenly disappeared.” – Rick, February 2000
“We get out and start to walk to the lights. It was weird because we couldn’t catch up to them, and yet, they didn’t get any farther away.” – Gabriel, March 2000
“We didn’t see anything, so we flashed our headlights three times and waited. After a few seconds, a light began to feebly glow a ways down the road. It appeared to be orangish, looking very similar to an arc-sodium streetlamp or such viewed at at distance. After a bit of time, the color gradually changed to a bluish hue similar to the xenon headlamps in some cars. After a bit more time had passed, the light–which appeared to be anywhere from 200 yards to a half-mile away–slowly faded out.” – John, March 2000
“We went to the cross roads and turned around and waited. It was a floating white light that just moved from side to side, around in circles and up in the trees. No set pattern.” – Cher, October 1999