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Anson Lights

Location and Geography

The Anson lights are located in the town of Anson, Texas, about twenty miles north of Abilene, TX. The lights themselves are on a dirt road located next to a cemetery. The lights are "called" by driving down this dirt road to the crossroads (intersection), turning the car around, and flashing the headlights three times. The waiting time before the lights are seen seems to vary from a few seconds to about ten minutes. The lights do not always appear. The land around the area of the sightings is mostly flat and lightly wooded, with low scrub and trees and no large hills, deep valleys, or swamps.

Legends

There appear to be a variety of folktales associated with the lights. The most common is that of a woman looking for her lost child or children, which calls to mind the tale of La Llorona, another very popular Texas tale. In some of the stories the mother simply carries a lantern to light her way while searching, while in others she instructs her children to flash their lantern three times if they are lost. The latter is tied into the "calling" of the lights by flashing one's car headlights. Some versions differ by explaining the light as the spirit of a child(ren) killed on the nearby traintracks. In another story, the triple lantern flash comes from a son who worked on the railroad and used that as a signal to let his mother know he was coming home.

Appearance

The most common description of the light is as a white light that sways from side to side. Other colors the light has been seen in include orange and blue. Some reports involve the light splitting into several different lights. The light can stay near the ground or move to tree height. Although the most common motion seems to involve random swaying or drifting, the light has also been known to bounce erratically off the ground. The light does move along the road, although it doesn't ever seem to get close enough to the observer to get a good look at it. In fact, in some cases a person can be right under the light and the light will not be visible to him, only to the people observing from a distance. The light seems to twinkle and fade out gradually for the most part, although some report the light to disappear instantly, sometimes in response to turning on headlights.

Science

The Southwest Ghost Hunters Association conducted an investigation of the Anson Light in 2001, and make a fairly convincing case for headlights of passing cars on the nearby highway causing the phenomenon. See link below.

External Links

Southwest Ghost Hunters Association An investigation and possible explanation for the lights.
Truth Explorers A preliminary investigation with video.
Weird Texas General description of the light.
Unsolved MysteriesPersonal experiences of the light.
Real Haunts Another collection of personal experiences.

Reader Experiences

Following are experiences that were sent in to the UFO-Free Paranormal page by readers:

From: Cher from Texas (name withheld)
To: obiwan@ghosts.org
Subject: Anson Lights... Anson Tx.
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 21:39:53 -0500

I am from a little town called Hawley in Texas. There is a town next to it called Anson. Out side of Anson there is a cemetery. A few years back my ex-boyfriend told me he wanted to take me out to see the Anson lights. It is supose to be a ghost of a woman from the 1800s who is looking for her lost son. Well at the time I was in the frame of mind that there had to be a scientific explanation for this. So we went.

Now this is how you are suppose to do this. About a quarter of a mile down the dirt road running along side the cemetery there is a cross roads. You are suppose to go to the cross roads and turn around and flash your lights then turn them off and wait.

That night we went. This is the part that really freaked me out, We didn't even get past the cemetery good and this big bright light popped up behind the car. I am not the type to be scared easy, but this totally flipped me out. I started jumping around the car locking the doors. We went to the cross roads and turned around and waited. Well it was only a few minutes and there it was again. It was a floating white light that just moved from side to side, around in circles and up in the trees. No set pattern.

We were only there about a few minutes, when a police officer came and told us to leave. He told us that it was nothing but lights from the Stamford highway. Well we left, and on the way home my ex told me that that was a total lie. Him and some friends went out there one night in two differant vehicles. One was a truck with a high powered spot light mounted on it. They had CBs in their vehicles. The truck drove up and down the Stamford highway for over an hour with the spot light on. The whole time my ex and the others never saw the light, until the truck got back.

And from first hand I know this. One night we took my family out there. My youngest brother did not believe at all. So him and a couple of friends took off.

A few minutes later the rest of us saw the light. Then a really strange thing happened, two lights popped up. And they both were doing exactly the same thing. Then we realized that one of them was my brother on the hood of our friends truck with a spot light covered with a black t-shirt. And he was mocking the pattern that we had seen the light move. We were all laughing when they pulled up and stopped. My brother jumped off and laughed and said "I told you there was no real light." We were still laughing and we pointed behind them where the light was still moving in its circles.

He went white as a ghost and from that minute on he believed too.

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From: Anonymous
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 07:58:34 EST
Subject: Anson Lights
To: obiwan@ghosts.org

I too have seen the famed Anson Lights outside Anson, Texas and I can corroborate "Cher From Texas'" story. There is a cemetary off the highway and you take the dirt road down to the crossroads. The first time, I went with two friends and we drove to the crossroads, turned our cars around, and waited for ten minutes. We saw a glow on the horizon and thought our eyes were playing tricks on us, but they weren't. Sure enough, this twinkling, flickering light (getting goosebumps as I write this) dances down the road towards our car, and it got 50 feet away before I went into hysterics. My friend turned on his headlights which made it disappear. We drove up to the corner convenience store to get our bearings. Then, we decided we just HAD to go back. We had just turned the car around by the crossroads when the light started swinging madly from side to side.

I've been back several times and the light has done different things, like fly into the trees. One time it didn't show at all. Another time, I saw a dead black dog lying on the crossroads. Not uncommon to see roadkill, but another friend had been out to the site two or so years before and had seen a dead, black dog lying in the same vicinity. Something else happened out there and he won't discuss it, nor will he return. Another friend's boyfriend went out there and shut the engine to his car off. Wouldn't start. They had to push it to that convenience store. A lot of people have claimed that it's just lights from the highway, but I can't understand how a light from the highway could approach within fifty feet of the car. The light is bright enough to illuminate anything behind it, like another car or a prankster. There was nothing. The last time I went, the only lights I saw were the ones from a local's car who had crept up behind us, right on our tail, and then flooded us with his headlights like he had come out of nowhere. Scared us. And yes, the sheriff does patrol the area and he will issue tickets if anyone is out there trying to see the lights.

Sorry for the length. Hope you enjoyed this account. If you decide to post it, please OMIT my name and e-mail. Thank you.

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Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 13:15:28 -0800 (PST)
To: stories@ghosts.org
yourname John Robinson
email hollywood7301@yahoo.com

I read the posted story regarding the Anson Lights and I can verify that they exist-I've seen them quite a few times firsthand. For those who aren't familiar with the largely empty area that is refered to as West Texas, Anson is a small town, the kind who's only claim to fame is the fact that dancing (yes, dancing) is against the law there. Anson sits about twenty miles north of the town of Abilene, a city home to three colleges and Dyess AFB. I had the dubious distinction of being a resident of Abilene for six years while attending college there at ACU. As a young college kid, I soon heard about the infamous "Anson Lights" and so a few friends and I made the trip out to Anson one Friday night.

We got to the calieche (that's "dirt" in west Texas) road turnoff and proceeded down to the intersection, turned around, killed the headlights and engines of our cars, and looked around for ANYTHING that could be construed as a "supernatural" light. 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. We wondered if we could bring it back if we flashed our lights at it again, and sure enough, when we did, it gradually reappeared. Shortly after that, the Anson Police Department-who are the finest collection of ignorant rednecks to wear a badge-appeared and stated that it would behoove us to leave. ...So we did.

I went back to see the Anson lights many times while I was in college-sometimes with friends, sometimes with a date (hey-it's a weak excuse, but it works), and I have seen the lights EVERY time I have "called" them with my headlights. I say "lights" because, on different occasions, I have seen them split into two or three distinct, different lights, gone through every visible color in the spectrum, and move-sometimes hanging there, sometimes swaying back and forth, and (only once) jumping around like a cat set on fire.

If you'd like to see the lights for yourself, take I-20 west from Dallas-Ft. Worth approx. 160 miles to Abilene. Once you reach Abilene, take State Highway 277 North 20 miles to Anson. Be mindful that the local cops STRICTLY ENFORCE the speed limits-trust me. At the first stoplight, there is an Allsup's or Chevron or some such other quickie mart. Hang a right at the stoplight. Continue down this road for a couple of miles until you see a cemetary off to your right. There is a calieche road that borders the cemetary on the WEST SIDE. If you pass the cemetary on the paved road, you've gone too far. Turn off the paved road onto this calieche road. Travel down this calieche road until you reach the first intersection of another calieche road. Turn your car around so you face back the way you came, kill the lights and the engine, and wait a minute or so-this being so the dust trail you raised coming down the road will have time to settle. Then, flash your headlights on/off three times, and enjoy the (as it were) show.

If unsure about the methods, feel free to ask any local college student in Abilene-Abilene Christian University, McMurry University, and Hardin-Simmons University are all based in Abilene.

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 21:52:29 -0800 (PST)
To: stories@ghosts.org
yourname Gabriel Stokes
email suprmn42069@yahoo.com

I first heard about the Anson Lights from an old history teacher of mine. He was know for tall tales so I didnt really take much notice. But about a year later I started to hear stories from everybody, and reliable people to. Like my minister, my aunt, everyone. Well one night a friend and I go out there. We go to the cemetary and we flash our lights just like the legends say to. We wait a little while until we start to see some lights in the distance. At first we think that they are headlights, but then they start to change colors and bounce all over the road. We get out and start to walk to the lights. It was wierd because we couldnt catch up to them, and yet, they didnt get any farther away. I am now a firm believer and plan a second trip soon.

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Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 23:51:07 -0800 (PST)
To: stories@ghosts.org
yourname Rick Copeland
email Cope14@abilene.com

I live in the boring city of Abilene Texas, and I too have seen the mysterious lights in the small town of Anson. Since Abilene is so boring, most of the highschool guys have to find there kicks somewhere else, which is where the story comes in. I first heard about the lights a couple years back and managed to get the courage to take up the small journey to see what all the hype was. I can still recall the first time I ever pulled onto that long dirt raod next to the dark cemetary scared as hell! As we made our way to the deserted crossroads, tension was running high among the group. 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-zaging light in the formation of a flikering 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 dissapeared. We were all in shock and pretty much horrified by what we had just seen. We quikly drove down the rode to see if we could find the source of the light, but were unsuccessful. Call me crazy, but I then volunteered to stay at the cemetary with a friend as the rest of the bunch went to the end of the road to try again. We both hoped to see the light and uncover the mystery. It wasn't long until with saw the guys flash the lights and then dissapear. After waitng around 15 minutes and scared out of our minds, we started toward the car. About halfway to the car the others began to honk the horn and flash the lights without warning. Not knowing what was going on we were soon met and picked up. All of the guys had horrified, pale looks on their faces. We later found out as the two of us waited, the others spotted the ligth appear and dance about 10-20 feet above our heads. Totally freaked out after hearing the news, we drove back to Abilene, to soon make the trip again. Ever since then, the guys and myself have been believers! This is honestly a true story, and I urge everyone who reads this to make the trip to Anson and see for yourself the incredible and mind-blowing lights.

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From: "dennis niedermayer" (f100god@hotmail.com)
To: obiwan@ghosts.org
Subject: Anson Lights
Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 23:09:34 CDT

Hi,

I read your story about Anson Lights and could not believe that I saw the same thing. A co-worker and I went out to Anson after work one night. We live in Abiline which is about 35 minutes away. I went out there not believing I would see anything, I was wrong. I have spent my whole life not believing in ghosts or the super natural. That one night at Anson kind of changes my way of thinking. I really don't think it could be lights from a near by highway because of the way it moved and hovered. If you have any more info on Anson can you please pass it on. I plan to make another trip out there soon. Thanks.

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From: "Amber" (amber_brantley@yahoo.com)
To: obiwan@ghosts.org
Subject: My encounter with the Anson Lights
Date: Monday, July 12, 2004 1:38 PM

I am writing in regards to the website with all of the Anson LIghts stories. My husband and I have seen them multiple times and would like to share our story on your site.

My husband and I have been out to see the Anson Lights quite a few times. We were, of course, skeptical at first, but what we saw made us believe that there is definitely something paranormal out there.

We pulled up to the crossroads, turned around and flashed our lights 3 times just like you are supposed to do to make them appear. Until recently, the light didn't come very close and was a bit faint, but 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.

Also, different, was the fact that there were multiple lights on our most recent trip out to Anson. There were 2 faint orange glows that remained constant and then the main light that was the brightest, but the main light went from dim to very bright and disappeared sometimes.

The main light also appeared to come up a lot closer than before. In fact, we were even able to see the shadow of the ghost that was cast on the ground as it approached in front of one of the residences (the residences with the bright halogen lights on their property).

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