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The ghostly mystery of the Paulding Light

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Every place, it seems, has its own ghosts and mysteries. So it is just north of the tiny Upper Peninsula town of Watersmeet where, for generations, people have gathered at the end of a gravel road to watch some mystery lights.

The lights appear nightly, year round near a crossroads community called Paulding. The first reported sightings were back in the 1960’s and various investigations have been inconclusive, though a university team from a Michigan Technological University claimed the lights were from cars on a distant road and that they seemed to grow brighter and closer because of refraction. The Syfy Channel did its own paranormal investigation and said they could not find a scientific explanation.

paulding1Whatever, the Paulding Light is fraught with many different legends, the most popular appears to be the death of a railroad brakeman. The legend states that the valley once contained railroad tracks and the light is the lantern of the brakeman who was killed while attempting to stop an oncoming train from colliding with railway cars stopped on the tracks. Another story claims the light is the ghost of a slain mail courier, while another says that it is the ghost of an Indian dancing on the power lines that run through the valley.

There’s even an official US Forest Service marker at the site marking the spot. The light typically becomes visible an hour or so after sunset.

I spent an entire night there a few years back on assignment for the Detroit Free Press, meeting people who had come from a wide region of Northwestern Michigan and Eastern Wisconsin and interviewing local people.

Check out the video and you can see the lights yourself…. and what I think they are.

There’s lots of RV camping nearby in state and federal forests.

 

 


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  • Wanda Goodson

    Where is this place?

  • Chad Veley

    It’s from cars on the highway.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mac.livingston.3 Mac Livingston

    Go to youtube and watch a few video’s to find out the real story here.

  • Brian Caywood

    Nope not lights from cars on the highway. Explain why you can see it during the day! Have you actually seen it your self?

  • Brian Caywood

    It is just over the border in Michigan upper peninsula

  • https://www.facebook.com/bill.clift Bill Clift

    Nikki, remember I mentioned some cool stuff in the Michigan U.P.? This is one.. Near Watersmeet..

  • Joel Danielson

    Car lights

  • https://www.facebook.com/joe.bates.9862 Joe Bates

    Paulding

  • https://www.facebook.com/joe.bates.9862 Joe Bates

    Michigans Upper peninsula!

  • https://www.facebook.com/ilie.stromain Ilie St Romain

    Check out the “Ghost of Gurdon” in Arkansas. Similar story. About 75 miles south of Little Rock.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mike.lopez.1441 Mike Lopez

    Brian, people drive with their headlights on during the day, just watched a YouTube video on it, it’s obviously car lights because you have red lights (tail lights)going away from you and the white lights coming toward u and then disappearing into the trees when they get too far down the hill.

  • Patrick Pulliam

    I think they did a special on the discovery channel about this. After all of the test, they found out that it was the traffic lights coming towards them from the road

  • https://www.facebook.com/william.turiello.7 William Whitewolf

    Jon Morgan remember greenlight cemetery. Me in The back of the station wagon with Barbara pencil. Lmao and what we seen that night.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jon.morgan.50596 Jon Morgan

    Yeah, & Old Mill Rd.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jon.morgan.50596 Jon Morgan

    We did have a great childhood

  • https://www.facebook.com/william.turiello.7 William Whitewolf

    A very good childhood trust and believe out of 40 chapters you will be in 15 of them in my book.

  • Brian E Heindl

    Similar story told at the Moonville tunnel in southern Ohio around Zaleski . Tunnel is still there.

  • April Grant Brown

    I wonder if there is methane in the area? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will-o%27-the-wisp

  • https://www.facebook.com/thomas.hathaway.52 Thomas Hathaway

    “The sight of his untimely death?” Shouldn’t that be “site”? This is a National Park Service sign! What is happening to the English language?!?!

    • https://www.facebook.com/michael.overboe Michael Overboe

      Fine print…’made in China’

  • https://www.facebook.com/jan.bolen Jan Bolen

    Site, not sight!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/muriel.moore.77 Muriel Moore

    Scary im not going around it oh no not me never

  • https://www.facebook.com/BennytheSniper Ben Benitez

    Nice Place to Go!

  • https://www.facebook.com/DavidWalker62 David Walker
  • Jean Adams

    Been there saw that

  • Bobby Garnett

    Where??????

  • Bobby Garnett

    Theres a paulding county Georgia as well

  • Jessica Murrell

    Sounds like moody lane in francesville indiana

  • https://www.facebook.com/michael.speer.790 Michael Speer

    Just down the road from us, been there several times. Creepy, especially if there are wolves howling, or big game (deer, bear, etc) rustling in the brush. You can see the light only after dark.

  • Michael