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Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 02:54:32 EDT
Subject: Crossett Light

Having read on your website about the Gurdon Light, I must tell you that that same story is prevalent in the Crossett, Arkansas, area (southeast corner of the state). I grew up in that area and yes, I did make one trip while I was in college - right before I moved to California - and yes, I did see lights. It was incredibly spooky, and if there hadn't been a whole bunch of us I would have made sure we got out of there really fast. Considering the relative isolation of the area at the time (1969-70), I really don't know what other explanation there could have been. Certainly there were no other cars in the area, nor was the area lit by streetlights. Brrrrrrrr!

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Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 13:50:22 -0800 (PST)
From: Matthew Ramsey (
Subject: Crossett Light

I read one visitors letter about the mysterious light in Crossett, AR. Going to a nearby college, I have seen this light once personally, and have many classmates who have seen it on numerous occasions. It is fairly large, about a humans size or slightly smaller and ranges from blue, to yellowish green in color. It runs nearby to some old railroad tracks and I don't know how true this story is, but I was told the light is a haunting from an old train that crashed there very long ago, killing many passengers. It is real, many have seen it, it often will move along the tracks and then come towards whomever is nearby viewing it. I was very skeptical, and in seeing it was very frightened.

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From: markjones41@HOTMAIL.COM
Subject: Ghost Light at Crossett, Arkansas
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 12:28:34 -0600

I have always heard my friends talk of going across the border to Crossett, Arkansas to see the "ghost light." The legend is that a railroad worker was beheaded in an accident many years ago. He is supposed to be swinging an old-fashioned railroad lantern in a futile search for his severed head. I have never gone "parking to see the light" myself, but have listened to many credible accounts of people who parked along the old railroad tracks at night and saw the light. I have even heard of folks who came almost within arm's reach of the glowing orb, only to have it disappear and reappear several yards down the track. I've not heard anyone lately tell of seeing the light, but at one time it was a regular Saturday night pastime. Cars lined up along the roads intersecting the tracks and waited for a glimpse of the poor railway worker's ghost swinging his lantern.


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Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 21:42:12 -0700 (PDT)
yourname Kyle

The story of the Crossett light in Crossett Arkansas is true. The light will appear out of no where at railroad crossings. I have seen the light but have heard several stories. One friend claims that he and friends drove a truck along side of the rail road tracks and when they got close, the battery in the truck died and that they took off running for dear life. I have also heard that scientists say iit is just a gas pocket or something, but I don't think anyone can really explain the cause. Some say that a man was decapitated by a train on those tracks and it is his lantern light that is glowing, but hey, who really knows.

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From: "Avis Stansell" (
Subject: Crossett, Arkansas ghost light
Date: Saturday, February 09, 2002 4:35 PM

It has been a while (about 25 years) since my nephew told me this story. When he was in his twenties, he and a few of his friends decided to go take a look at what they believed was just a story about something that didn't exist.

He said that you can ask anywhere in Crossett and someone will tell you where to go to see the ghost light.

So off they went in two cars. He said there were two roads that cross the tracks and the light appears on the tracks between the roads.

They parked both cars aross the tracks, one on each road. Then they got out of the cars and started walking toward each other along the tracks. (They thought they wanted to get it between them and get a good look at it; oh yeah!)

He said that he took a few steps forward and suddenly saw a ball of light rising from the tracks ahead of him and (to use his terms) he had to argue with his feet because they wanted to carry him away from there.

The description that he gave me was of a round semi-opaque ball of light about two to two-and-a-half feet in diameter that was somewhat ragged on the bottom, as if it had sort of pulled itself loose. It floated above the tracks in place, and he watched it for a few seconds and then the fools from the other car started shooting at it and he did have to run then to get out of the line of fire.

He said he asked those guys if they thought they could kill it, but he was ready to leave anyway!

I believe this story because this person is pretty much a cynic about just about everything (he believes it if he sees it) and he probably never told it to anyone except me.

I laughed at him for a long time about it, because he finally found something that could scare him.

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Subject: Reader Submission
Date: Monday, April 01, 2002 2:30 AM
yourname: Deborah Long

I am 50 years old now, and I saw the Crossett Light twice-once when I was about 8 years old and again at about 13 years old. I live in Texas, but on trips to visit relatives in Crossett, we would go out to the railroad tracks to view the infamous light. I've never witnessed anything else in my life "mysterious", but "the light" is absolutely out there. The tracks are in the middle of nowhere, where no refections or any other kind of light could explain it. As you are looking down the tracks, it appears. Sometimes it would change colors, but primarily it was white. It would change sizes, and the most incredible thing was that it would dart into the woods in a straight line, and you could see it hovering among the trees. Then, it would dart back, right in the middle of the tracks and just glow steadily. I have heard that scientists have studied it, and that Reader's Digest wrote an article about it many years ago. I don't know if either of these are facts. All I know is that the light was there, and to my knowledge it has never been explained.

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From: "The McCays" (
Subject: Crossett ghost light
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2002 10:39 PM

I have lived in Crossett my whole life (i'm now 44) and i have seen the light several times. It shows up along what used to be a rail line (the tracks were long ago taken up). I first saw it when i was about 12 years old-- it literally jumped up from out of a bush by the roadside, and arced over my head, then down into the ground on the other side of the road. The strangest sighting of it I ever had was back around 1979 or so-- a friend and I were out riding and havin a few beers and we decided to stop inthe middle of the tracks and take a look. Sure enough, it was out and hovering over the tracks, showing a swinging motion like someone carrying a lantern. We sat and watched it for the better part of an hour and it never went out or stopped this motion the whole time. My 12 year old daughter recently went on a hayride with friends and they saw it too. I have noticed over the years that it tends to show when there is a weather change coming on, usually when it is heading to overcast.

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Subject: The Crossett light mystery
Date: Sunday, January 11, 2004 9:47 PM

This may enlighten those curious about the mystery of the Crossett light.

As a young boy my father told me of an unfortunate accident that happened behind our house about a mile down the dirt road. He told me that when he was a young boy about 12 yrs old he had gone down to the railroad tracks to see the Red Ball Express come through as he did almost daily but on this day when he went to the tracks he noticed that as the train came closer the engineer was blowing his horn continuously and almost frantically, to his surprise he could see a body laying on the tracks and as the train got closer to the body, the horn blew a shrill whistle of danger but the man never moved. So as the legend has it, yes it is true that an older black gentleman either fell asleep, passed out or perhaps he was already dead, no one knows but what we do know is that he did not move off the tracks as the Red Ball Express continued on its path, so perhaps that is why he wanders up and down the tracks. The railroad tracks are no longer there and the Red Ball Express will not be seen but if your one of the fortunate ones you may see the light that the older gentleman carries, the question is? is he looking for his lost head or is he warning those that approach the train tracks of the once impending danger that caused his demise.

I have read all the Crossett light sightings and the Gurdon light sightings and I felt that it is my duty to shed some light on the strange and eerie lights.

I know this to be the truth because my father was called to be a witness for Union Pacific Railroad that owned the Red Ball Express at the time, because of a lawsuit that was filed by the family of the deceased man.

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From: "Shirley M Green" (
Subject: (no subject)
Date: Monday, November 24, 2003 7:56 PM

In 1962 my dad saw the lights in crosset ark. he saw the lights but he and a friend ran ahead and hid under the trestle and made noises and scared the others, they tore the knees out of thier pants and onw girls wet herself. my dad and his friend laughed at them and told them that they made the noise but then they were worried because no one was laughing. later in 1963 my dad let the air out of his tires so that he could drive down the rail road tracks and he would see it in front of him and then drive toward it and it would suddenly be behind him.

Wendy green


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