|The Paulding Light
Ghost Light that appears outside of Paulding, Michigan
|The Paulding Light (also called the Lights of Paulding or the Dog Meadow
Light) is a Ghost Light that appears outside of Paulding, Michigan in a valley containing power lines near
Watersmeet off US Highway 45 on Robins Pond Road.
Reports of the light have appeared since the 1960's in Michigan's upper
peninsula, with accompanying explanations such as geologic activity,
swamp gas and refracted car lights from the nearby roads.
The light is
also the subject of popular folklore connected with hauntings and UFO
The legend of
the light is that there use to be a railroad located around the area,
and a signalmen from the past on the
track attempted to stop an oncoming train heading towards a stalled
train on the tracks ahead.
Unfortunately he was not able to stop the
oncoming train and the train crushed him to death. Now, every night for
the past 40
years, thousands and thousands of people have come to see the Paulding
According to legend, the first sighting of the light came
in 1966 when a group of teenagers reported the light to a local
Since then, a number of other individuals have reported seeing
the mysterious light that is said to appear nearly every night near the
alleged accident site.
Other stories, dating back since the turn of the century, suggest the
light had appeared long before the train accident.
One says the light is
the ghost of a slain mail courier, another says that it is the ghost of
an Indian dancing on the power lines that now run through the valley.
After taking a look at this week's cases, the 'Fact or Faked' team decide to investigate
a phenomenon called the Paulding Lights in Paulding, MI, a mysterious
glow that people say is cast by the lantern of a ghost of a railroad
Filmed this in the fall of 1999 in the Upper Michigan.
What is it? Who knows? Mystery Lights? Ghost Lights? Natural Phenomenon? UFOs? Cool Stuff.
is there every night trying to warn the oncoming train. Reports of the light have appeared since the lumber days in Michigan's upper peninsula, with
accompanying explanations such as geologic activity, swamp gas, and
refracted car lights.
The light is also the subject of popular folklore
connected with hauntings and UFO sightings.
The team meet with
Ted and Michelle Strong, who own a gift shop centered around the
The Strongs take the investigators to the vantage point,
where the Fact or Faked team get to work.
They see the light
from afar, and Jael and Austin pursue the source while Bill hangs at
base camp, but Jael and Austin lose sight of it, while Bill still has a
clear view from afar. They find no significant environmental anomalies,
and begin their experiments.
Austin's test flight in a small
plane doesn't produce the effect that they had seen in the original
footage, and the possibility that the lights are actually headlights is a
dead end, too.
After conducting an EVP session, they finally decide
that the phenomenon is unexplainable.
The Mysterious "Paulding Light"
The Paulding Light also known as "The Dog Meadow Lights" have been a
mystery in Upper Michigan for over 40 years. To this day you can see
them on almost any night!
Personally I first witnessed this strange
light in February of 1999, and to my surprise the ghost light moved
towards us floating in mid air and it looks exactly as if someone was
carrying a lantern.
As it started to get closer to us it would vanish
and start all over again each time moving towards us faster and FASTER!
There are some haunting legends for this phenomenon for example, some
say one night around forty years ago, a railroad switch-man while holding
his lantern was crushed to death between two cars while trying to
signal the engineer.
Others say that an engineer was murdered along the
old railroad grade that runs parallel to the road the light appears.
Another story tells about a man out late one night carrying a lantern
looking for his lost little boy in the woods. Supposedly, the man
was hit by a train and his ghost continues to search for his son!
people even have claimed to have seen the "Grim Reeper" floating across
the road near the light. Skeptics say it is nothing more then car
lights in the distance or glacier gas.
But no matter what it is, you
are still fascinated and spooked while viewing this bizzare light as
it starts walking towards you!! I ended up using these clips in my
movie by the same name.
Paulding Light Sign
"This is the location from which the famous Paulding light can be observed.
Legend explains its presence as a railroad brakeman's ghost, destined to remain forever at the sight of his untimely death.
He continually waves his signal lantern as a warning to all who come to visit.
To observe the phenomenon, park along this forest road facing north.
The light will appear each evening in the distance along the power line right - of - way.
Remember, other people will be visiting this location.
Please do not litter."
The Paulding "Ghost Light"
The Paulding Light is a light that comes out at night and
floats around in the air, sometimes coming closer sometimes getting
The light appears to change colors from a bright white to a red light. There are many theories regarding these lights.
Some people say that it has not yet been proven that these lights are
paranormal and that they are just coming from cars or trucks.
While legends and popular folklore attribute paranormal or supernatural
explanations for the light, it may be more parsimoniously explained by
an optical illusion caused by car headlights on the north/south stretch
of US highway 45, approximately five miles north of the observation
In 2010, students from the Michigan Tech chapter of the Society of
Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) wrote that they were able
to recreate the Paulding Light by driving a car through a specific
location on US 45 as well as other observations related to the light,
such as multicolored patterns (police flashers) and variations in
intensity (high and low beams).
Chemists Luigi Garlaschelli and Paolo Boschetti say the oxidation of
phosphine and methane, produced by organic decay, can cause glowing
light. Garlaschelli and Boschetti replicated "ghost lights" by adding
chemicals to gases found in rotting compounds and found that combustion
can be sustained at lower temperatures than those found in traditional
Canadian neuro-psychologist Michael Persinger and American geologist
John Derr propose that "ghost lights" are piezoelectrically generated
under tectonic strains that move faults, heat up rock, and vaporize
water contained in it.
They also hypothesize that rock or soil containing piezoelectric
material such as quartz, silicon or arsenic can produce electricity, be
channeled through soil via a column of vaporized water and appear as
lights that create an appearance of erratic or intelligent behavior.
Various teams have attempted to factor out the possibility that these
lights are not coming from vehicles but many people are skeptical about
this and believe that what we are witnessing is just simply lights
coming from headlights of a vehicle.
The following possibilities of the Paulding lights are:
- Headlights from cars and trucks which are traveling on a specific location on US 45 (police flashers may contribute as well)
- Ball lightning, glacier gas or possibly swamp gas
- Some type of energy phenomenon which is being produced from nearby power lines (electromagnetic fields)
- Spirits or ghosts that appear as bright orbs
- Possibly some kind of geological activity (tectonic strains that move faults, heat up rock, and vaporize water contained in it)
- Others believe we could be witnessing UFOs
Many theories to the lights have been discussed, but none of the
theories have been proven completely. Currently no one knows exactly
what is being witnessed over the skies outside of Paulding, Michigan.