Originally known as Bragg Road, a small thoroughfare in rural Texas has earned the moniker “The Ghost Road,” due to the bizarre phenomena that has been witnessed by travelers for decades.
A narrow dirt road flanked on both sides by tall trees, Ghost Road is already an unsettlingly spot for drivers, especially those willing to venture down the path at night, when the loneliness of the spot is unfriendly to nervous imaginations. However, rough terrain and difficult driving conditions are certainly not the primary reason that this passageway has become famous over the years. Ever since the 1940’s, people have reported seeing odd “ghost lights” ahead of them on the road. Although some have dismissed the phenomena as reflected headlights or some form of illuminated gas, to this day, no one has been able to substantially prove that the lights are the result of anything quite so mundane. Ghost enthusiasts, of course, have been more than happy to propose their own explanations.
The Ghost Road is so thin and isolated because, in its initial incarnation, it was not a road at all. Before its current use, it was home to railroad tracks that, due to economic reasons, were eventually removed, allowing the path to be converted into a common road. Stories are told of a brakeman who used to work the lines, until he was decapitated in a horrific train crash. Some people believe that the ghostly lights are actually generated from his gas lamp as he haunts the place where he met his unfortunate demise. Whether or not this story is true, no one has been able to conclusively say. Regardless of this fact, the road still attracts curious pilgrims who wish to see the ghost lights for themselves.
Westchester County, New York, gave birth to one of America’s most enduring ghost stories, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Although this classic work of literature is essentially a sly comedy, with little serious consideration of the supernatural, that’s not to say that Westchester is completely without its haunting. The county is also home to Buckout Road which, although not nearly as well known as Sleepy Hollow, certainly delivers its fair share of frightening legends.
According to one story, there was once a house on Buckout Road with a set of bizarre inhabitants. It was said that if you were to park your car outside of the house and honk your horn several times, a clan of flesh-eating albinos would attack you and your vehicle. A number of people put this story to the test for years, with conflicting reports, but the house recently burned down, relegating this urban legend to history.
People have also claimed to witness apparitions of the Leatherman. The Leatherman was a mysterious hermit who occupied a cave in the area during the nineteenth century. Motorists along the road believe they have seen this figure wandering the area late at night.
Yet another tale involves the belief that, in the past, the road was a popular spot for the practice of witchcraft, and that to this very day, people may travel the road and see the spirits of witches in the woods.
Most frightening, however, is an actual former inhabitant of the road. Albert Fish was a deranged serial killer whose cannibalistic nature loosely inspired the character of Hannibal Lecter, the famous villain of Silence of the Lambs. Fish owned a house on the road where he would take his victims. Travelers can still pass by his home to this day.Got some paranormal experiences to share about your times on the open road? Got a muffler that kinda sounds like Charlie Sheen on a bender? Let’s hear your story in the comments section below! Written by Joseph Oliveto – Copyrighted © www.weirdworm.com Image Sources
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