Arkansas Greatest Unsolved Paranormal Mystery; The Gurdon Light

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First noticed in the 1930s, just after the murder of William McClain, the mysterious blue-white light, sometimes appears with an orange tone with a distinct border and it is known to move slowly through the nearby trees that run along the railroad tracks. The light appears to float anywhere between one to three feet above the ground, as if someone was holding a light source in their hand while walking, and then the light simply vanishes before your eyes.

A Supernatural and Symbolic Message from the Other Side

One of the greatest paranormal mysteries that the state of Arkansas has had the pleasure of owning is the unexplainable Gurdon light that appears virtually out of nowhere. The floating light has many reasonable explanations as to why it exists, but there are more arguments and theories as to what is truly causing the eerie light that is believed to be a supernatural, symbolic message from the other side, possibly from the ghost of a local man who was executed in February of 1932 for the murder of his co-worker.

Missouri-Pacific railroad foreman, William McClain was brutally attacked with a shovel on the railroad tracks during the winter of 1931 during a bitter argument with railroad employee, Louis McBride. The lack of available overtime that the disgruntled worker desperately needed in order to support his growing family fueled the situation after McBride explained his grievance to the foreman who then informed the angry worker that the company had no funds for long work days due to the declining economy that had fallen smack-dab in the middle of the Great Depression.

Paranormal Phenomena with an Eerie Glare

In a town with a population of just above 2,000 residents, many of whom have lived in the area their entire life, the paranormal activity has naturally been the subject of many theories; one being that the city of Gurdon sits on top of a formation of quartz crystals that quite possibly emits a flow of electricity that produces the strange light that can be seen on just about any evening that you so happen to be walking along the tracks in the area of the murder that took place over eighty years ago. A few people have claimed that the light appears to be coming from a lantern that was once used by the railroad employees. The strongest argument comes from those who have experienced the mysterious floating light firsthand. The eerie phenomena typically results in the same explanation for those who witness the extreme paranormal ambiance that the light brings to the plate when you are standing at the precise spot that it exhibits it's ghostly glare.

The city of Gurdon is located in Clark County, roughly 85-miles south of Little Rock, just off of highway 30 and highway 53. Nestled in deep woods and surrounded by rich, green foliage, the city was incorporated on November 8, 1880. The grandson of Thomas Jefferson arrived in the area sometime during 1836 when the land was being purchased in hundred-acre increments. As the population steadily increased, it became evident that the right of way for a railway system was necessary for future growth. That plan was set in motion after Gurdon Cunningham realized just how important sustaining the town could be by use of such a valuable mode of transporting goods in and out of the growing community by way of railroad cars. Employment opened up for men to not only build the railway system, but to later run the operation. The hours were long and the pay was good, up until the Great Depression stifled the life out of the economy, intensifying the catastrophe for those who heavily depended on a steady income.

The Famous Blue & White Floating Light That Vanishes Before Your Eyes

First noticed in the 1930s, just after the murder of William McClain, the mysterious blue-white light, sometimes appears with an orange tone with a distinct border and it is known to move slowly through the nearby trees that run along the railroad tracks. The light appears to float anywhere between one to three feet above the ground, as if someone was holding a light source in their hand while walking, and then the light simply vanishes before your eyes.

Surveyors, scientists, organizations, and several television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries have looked into the possible reason such a light remains present still today. No real explanation has surfaced, only theories from swamp gas to headlights, located two-miles away have come under the radar. After investigating these possibilities, they are typically debunked once all of the evidence has been thoroughly examined and put to rest. The only real answer is that the Gurdon light is in fact, paranormal, and it appears to be here to stay.

The Spooky Gurdon Light & Railroad Tracks are a Popular Halloween Attraction

A popular Halloween attraction that draws people from nearby communities in hopes of seeing the eerie light on a chilly October evening, the Gurdon light is one of the most talked about events in Clark County. The mysterious and bone chilling phenomena can be seen all year round if you take the time to hike to the remote location, and wait patiently. Local resident, Mark Evans claims to have seen the Gurdon light on many occasions, especially on extremely dark nights when it is overcast. Running from the light does not stop it's existence. It will merely show up behind you or follow you until you pause and take notice. Then it disappears.

Location: From highway 30, just 75 miles south of Little Rock, Arkansas and east of Interstate 67, park and follow the railroad tracks by foot, approximately two miles. After crossing four walking bridges, you will arrive at the haunted area where the Gurdon light is seen at night.

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Arkansas, Ghost, Halloween, Lantern Gurdon Light, Paranormal, Railroad, Railway, Supernatural, Unsolved Mysteries

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author avatar Sherri Granato
Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

Gives ya the willies!

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author avatar Carol Roach
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

wow what a story I wonder if anyone will ever find out for sure what that light is and why it is there

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd Apr 2015 (#)

Sherri, great article as always! Scary for sure. I'm not the bravest person in the world so I won't be going to search for the light!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st May 2015 (#)

Interesting Sherri, science explains them away but not that convincingly sometimes - siva

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author avatar n.c.radomes
6th Aug 2015 (#)

It's clear the Gurdon Light is an effect which need an explanation why it is so. And its cause isn't known until the end of the story.
To end the puzzle, somebody must dare discover the real truth.

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