Sunday, September 4, 2016

Brown Mountain Lights Mystery

Brown Mountain is located in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.  Brown Mountain is known for a series of ghost lights that have been witnessed for many years commonly referred to as the Brown Mountain Lights.

Thousands of individuals have witnessed these ghost lights over the years.  Although there isn't a confirmed date on when the first sighting was, several writings have stated that Native Americans were the first individuals to witness the lights hundreds of years ago.

One early confirmed report comes out of Linville Falls.  Members of the Morganton Fishing Club reported to Charlotte Daily Observer on or around September 23, 1913 that they had witnessed the lights two years prior.  The mysterious lights appeared just above the horizon, they were a circular shape and red in color.

There have been many people through the years offering up information to debunk these mysterious lights.  Some of these suggest the lights were refractions of vehicle headlights, off-road vehicles, brush fires, campfires, airplane lights, locomotive lights and/or lights from distant towns.

The Brown Mountain Lights have been an inspiration for television, a movie and a song.

The X-Files, Season Six, Episode 21 entitled Field Trip aired originally on May 9th, 1999.  The episode is about a young married couple who had been reported missing after three days. Their skeletons are later discovered in a field in the mountains.  Fox Mulder believes that the bodies are a result of the famous Brown Mountain Lights.

The Brown Mountain Lights also inspired the 2014 movie Alien Abduction. This movie is a horror/sci-fi/thriller about a family, while on vacation, has an alien encounter.  The movie is based on the Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon.  The movie is a found-footage type movie with a lot of intense moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Alien Abduction is currently available on Netflix to stream and by mail service.

Scott Greene Wiseman was a bluegrass songwriter who performed alongside his wife, Myrtle Eleanor Cooper.  They were known professionally as Lulu Belle and Scotty.  Scotty wrote a song about the lights entitled The Brown Mountain Light.

The lyrics are as follows:

If you ever find yourself in North Carolina, near the Pisgah National Forest area, be sure to keep your eyes open for the Brown Mountain Lights.

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