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JOSHUAPWARREN.COM

Joshua Warren is
author of a book on
area ghosts, and is
founder of Haunted
Asheville ghost
tours.

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WORTH
A CLICK

Go to BlueRidgeCountry.
com/BrownMtn to read Linda
Shockley's orginal story on
lights, from the March/April
1995 issue.

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BLUERIDGECOUNTRY.COM

The spectacular Pisgah National Forest of western North Carolina spans
500,000 acres of wild, lush woodland, rising over 5,000 feet high and
dipping into deep gorges. Known as
the birthplace of forestry in America,
the ruggedness of its terrain kept
large swaths of the hardwood forest
safe from the industrial logging suffered by other nearby areas. The Pigsah offers waterfalls, whitewater rivers and hundreds of miles of hiking
trails, all with remarkable views.
These southern mountains also
offer legends and lore that have fascinated generations of locals, tourists,
scientists, authors and filmmakers.
The mystery of the Brown Mountain
Lights is one of the most captivating
legends. They have mystified, haunted and inspired scientific research
and cultural inquiry. They've been
the focus of books and films, songs
and even an episode of the "X-Files"
hit TV show.
Surveyors as early as the 1770s
noted "some kind of luminous va-

por." A 1913 Charlotte Observer article mentioned members of the Morganton Fishing Club who saw the
lights. Subsequent Observer articles
explored other explanations, including the lights from passing locomotives, and the fire and smoke from
moonshine stills.
The lights have been investigated by the U.S. Weather Service and
twice by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Results from the 1922 geological
survey offered 11 proposed explanations for the lights, including Will-o'the-wisps, phosphorus, Andes light,
chemical reactions and radium emanations. (Read the report: pubs.usgs.gov/
circ/1971/0646/report.pdf)
Could the flickering lights, as often
speculated, be foxfire (an eerie, phosphorescent light related to fungus and
decaying wood, insects and animals),
or burning marsh grasses? Are they
moon dogs (moonlight shining on
haze) or St. Elmo's Fire (electrical discharges from sharp objects during a
thunderstorm)? Are they beings from


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