There is something about the stark winter backdrop that makes one realize that the forests, now bare, could be exposing all its secrets and yet the monsters of old still lurk, unseen.
Strange tracks in the snow? A bonfire to ward off the darkness? These are the situations that feed our primitive fears.
On GHT I will be sharing some bonfire tales this season of real-life spooky places and situations.
Today? We learn about the Saratoga Lights of the Big Thicket in Texas....
The Light of Saratoga, the Bragg Road Light, no matter what you call it, it's a mystery that sparks the mind and sends a few shivers up the spine.
The road seems so rural and pleasing. Of course, this is also the heart of Bigfoot Country in Texas. Most groups in that area I've talked to, I've reminded them to look for lights in the forest too, as for some odd reason, where there is Bigfoot, there are also spook lights.
This might be an incidental finding since both might occupy forest space, but it's an interesting mystery for those who track the Tall Ones.
The Santa Fe Railway ran through there at the beginning of the 1900s. In 1934, the tracks were removed and mostly hunters ventured down the encroached pathway.
This lengthy road is now dirt filled and lined by trees. It feels as if one is being driven through a chute. To what end? Well, perhaps closer to the light that shows itself more often than not. But, mind you, you will never actually reach it and know its source.
The history of the lights really takes on a mass of viewers once the railway was removed, but there was a case of a sighting before that time.
Strangely, ghost lights are often reported around old railroad tracks, ones often abandoned in present day. The legends report a ghost railroad worker with a lantern.
In this case, there is such a tale of a headless worker with a lantern, looking for his head. It's unclear how he could find his head or why he would need a light, but it sure is a great tale to keep one out of the dangerous thicket.
This fantastic game cam capture (above) by Jim Adams is fantastic. If you want to know more about his photo, read HERE.
An itinerate workers' cemetery in the area is also the focus of another legend about a Mexican Foreman said to have killed his workers rather than pay them.
Is the light ghostly? Or does the Big Thicket's swampy lands contain a natural gas that becomes alit occasionally?
Unless someone can lasso that light, we may never know. There are many other spooklights around the world.
Here's just some to look into and compare -
Brown Mountain Lights (see video below)
I'd love to hear what y'all think is going on.