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Shine Your Lantern Three Times

Anson, Texas

Local legend says that one December night more than a hundred years ago, a mother sent her son into the woods to retrieve a Christmas tree for the family. Reportedly, the mother told her son to flash his lantern three times if he got into any trouble. When the boy did not return, his mother searched for him until she herself died. Near the woman’s burial site, there is a crossroads. It is said that if one parks his car and flashes the headlights three times, a mysterious light will rise and traverse across the road. One will then hear a voice yelling, “Mommy they got me. I’m over here.” The light then turns red and flies toward the voice.

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beatriz says:

October 14, 2005, 7:21 pm

i live in abilene tx next to anson and i been to the anson light prenty of times and the light never comes out!!!! i’m been there with a big and a small group of friends but it never comes out….i’m one of those persons that doesn’t belive till i see it with my OWN eyes….

kim says:

October 23, 2005, 10:50 pm

i also live in Abilene not to far from Anson and that was not the story that was told to me about the lights. I have seen the lights but have not herd anything. The story i herd was this ladies husband and her son went hunting and never returned so she shines her lantern trying to direct her family home.

Mystery hah! says:

November 4, 2005, 7:17 pm

well thats a mystery then…

Gayle says:

January 5, 2006, 5:57 pm

I have seen the lights and believei me they are true

chastity says:

January 20, 2006, 8:22 pm

I live in Stamford,Texas it’s close to Anson.Everyone in my town talks about the Anson Lights,but I don’t believe it.Maybe I will someday.

destiny says:

April 30, 2006, 10:16 pm

i live in kilgore texas and i hope oneday to go to anson to see the lights i hope it is real because i like alot of haunting stuff .
destiny b.

Tori says:

May 7, 2006, 5:58 pm

I, too, live in Abilene. While I’ve never been to the ‘anson lights’, both of my sisters have. The light doesn’t turn red, nor burst, but it is there. If you do go visit, make sure to park on the side of the road (police watch the road, because teenagers do go there alot) or they will make you leave. Flash your lights three times and, most of the time, a light will appear at the end of the road and travel back and forth, comming closer and closer. To make it stop, you just turn your lights back on.

Its said that it is indeed the vengeful spirit of a mother, and if you’re pregnant, as my sister was at the time of her visit, you will get very ill, and I’ve heard tales of women actually loosing their babies from ‘unknown illnesses’ after visiting the ‘anson lights’.

Luis Lopez says:

May 15, 2006, 3:40 pm

Unsolved Mysteries actually made a show about the Anson Lights. I purchased the dvd and hope to one day visit Anson. I’m from Dallas and really don’t believe in this sort of thing but maybe after this I may.

Patricia says:

May 27, 2006, 11:07 pm

Myself and a group of friends went to witness the Anson lights last night. I was amazed that it did work, but it did not change color and we didn’t hear any voices. It just looked like a flickering lantern type light off in the distance that gradually faded away. It was a neat experience.

T says:

September 16, 2006, 4:47 am

About 4 1/2 years ago me and a small group of 4, 5 including me, went to check this stuff out. Yes, it’s real, but we didn’t hear anyone yelling mommy or anything like that. We did see the light though. We could see the cars pass in front of it as it seemed to come closer. Car headlights are much different than this light. It moved in a figure eight sorta, then seemed to “jump” about 15 feet in the air and back to ground level only to go back to a figure eight type motion. I’d say it got about 60 feet or so in front of us before it disappeared. A sense of dread came over us all. Not that it seems like a surprise or anything. But it is really there, if you don’t see it go to an eye doctor and get your stuff checked out. 5 of us saw it and we even got it on video. Pretty wicked if you ask me. We were speechless!

G.G.H. says:

September 16, 2006, 11:36 pm

I live in Abilene, and this is the first I have heard of it. Could someone tell me where this is at exactly? I would like to go and try it out!

michael says:

September 25, 2006, 10:55 pm

I lived in Anson while going to high school. To get to the lights you go down the highway east from the only light in town. Go about 4 miles till you see the cemetary. Turn right down the road directly before it. Go about a mile to the intersection and turn your vehicle back towards the highway you came from. Park on the side with a quick exit available, because the cops will mess with you. If no sight of cops, flash the lights three times and wait. Oh, and all that bullshit about the voices is just that…****! There is no part of the story dealing with voices, nor the actual phenom. That’s just some uneducated ****. There is also a haunted bridge and some other spooky **** there, just ask someone local who is youong.

Morrison says:

October 13, 2006, 10:13 am

well i live in graham tx and i went to see the anson lights and yep we saw a light it came from far of and started to come closer it was crazy i was shocked and it did turn red

Kenzee says:

October 13, 2006, 8:19 pm

I live in aspermont near anson and ive lived here for about three yearrs and i have never even heard of the anson lights. if you ask me i think that it was all made up by someone who wanted attention and the people who believe it and say theyve seen it want even more attention. i will believe it when i see it. untill then it is just a ghost story.

lori says:

October 15, 2006, 5:04 pm

who has him i mean what has got him because he never said anything about him being caught by anything if your with me say i am

Texas angel says:

October 21, 2006, 1:24 am

This story is all over texas and probably else where. I heard it in Amarillo and it was a lover coming home from the civil war.

Mike says:

October 26, 2006, 11:00 am

yup i lived in abilene for a while. while in jr high my english teacher talked about it. real or not it would be fun, Anson is a small town and being so isulated makes anything erie i remeber hitting up some farm roads and snooping around the cult near abilene…

wrmsun says:

October 29, 2006, 7:50 pm

I went to one of the universities in Abilene about 10 years back and the story is definately true. It didn’t turn red and I didn’t hear any voices but there is a an unexplained white flickering light that swings back and forth like a lantern. I also went to the gym there in Anson where there’s a headstone with the names of a basketball team that died in an accident or something like that. That place was pretty wicked but I’m sure we were criminally trespassing and all that. If you sit there and stay quiet, you start hearing the sounds of an actual game and I saw the lights flicker on the score board and ummm there was no power.

LaDonna says:

October 30, 2006, 12:32 pm

Hey all well I just moved to texas like a few yrs ago and have nothing to do on this halloween so I what the heck. Lets check out haunt places. This here would be the freakiest one. Has anyone ever actually got the light up close and personal or had any more dramatic contact? has anyone ever… tryed it to flash the lights where , the light came from or talk to it? uhmmm interesting, gonna have to see this for myself… Oh and u got it on video … “why not share???”

lilsouthernbelle83 says:

October 30, 2006, 3:32 pm

Anson lights… I never went out there but an ex boyfriend of mine and his friends did and they said they did the whole turn the car around blah blah and the sherriffs deputies were out there because of people going out there and they were told to leave or they will be cited for trespassing since the landowners around there hate people coming around. They were then told by one of the deputies that some of the law enforcement and even some people who live out there are the ones doing the lights just to mess with people. Its fake.

Tara says:

December 29, 2006, 6:26 pm

Me and a group of friends drove over two hours last night to see the Anson lights and even one of my most skeptical friends was convinced that it was real. The light appeared and disappeared suddenly; it followed no pattern, and though it never turned red, it did change from yellow to white and it moved from side to side and split in two. I was pretty amazed that we actually saw it..it was worth the trip!

Me says:

January 11, 2007, 7:50 pm

HI YALL

destiny says:

March 24, 2007, 6:00 pm

i moved here from houston and i heard stories aboyt itso i had to check it out for myself.and it was for reals.everytime i have gone to show my cousins from out of town they really freakout.abilene tx,destiny

Pam says:

June 20, 2007, 4:40 pm

THIS IS SO TRUE!!! My aunt told me about it so my whole family went. I forget the details of the story but you stop at the stop sign and flash your headlights. Then you see a light. My dad and cousin went walking towards the light and after they were gone about 7 min down the street towards the light we saw the light moving really fast. It was SO CRAZY. My dad said they didn’t see anything but we say the light. They also did a story about it on Unsolved Mysteries and it is TRUE!! You can’t go anymore because the police patrol it regularly.

Kiki says:

September 20, 2007, 7:03 pm

Well, I live in Abilene and have went out to Anson. I was told a different story and a person that lives in Anson has told me that it is just the people driving up that interstate

James says:

September 29, 2007, 1:29 am

Here’s the deal on Anson Lights. It doesn’t change colors, there are no voices, it’s simply a strange floating light. You don’t have to even do the ritualistic turn the car around and flash your lights three times. I have a friend from Anson who lives like 4 miles away from Anson Lights and you can see it at all times from the second story of his house. So who knows what it is, but it is there. This seems to be a regular ordeal, because there are lots of other towns with similar stories. San Antonio, Amarillo, etc.

Maria says:

October 11, 2007, 5:45 pm

This isn’t the version of hte story i heard i know someone from abilene and he said that some kid had gone to school and never came back. The mom stayed outside to wait for his son until the next day the police had told her that the bus ahd an accident and everyone died. The mom never got over the death of her child and kept going to wait for him. Eventually she went crazy and died. The part of the lights is true.I don’t know never been there but I’m planning on going myself and checking out pretty soon.

Kelly says:

October 15, 2007, 4:05 pm

wow thats exciting i wanna go there now

LLS says:

October 24, 2007, 10:48 pm

I just went out there last weekend..me and my husband and brother & our teenage son and some friends..i have seen the light off and on since i was about 13 yr’s old myself(im now 36)..it was very, very bright saturday night and we stayed there about an hour or more..not only was it bright it changed while we were there to red 2 or 3 times..and it went off into 2 lights then back to one…i have seen it more times than i can count and ive never been there that it didnt show up…i know its real whether or not its a ghost light i dont know but i do know something likes to mess with door locks,saturday was the 2nd time weve had our doors lock going out there and we were all out of the car..when we tried to get back in they were locked..coincidence?i dont know

jason says:

November 1, 2007, 4:26 pm

this is true its off of higway 180 heading east out of anson.. right next to mount hope cemetary.. its been happening since my grandmother was a teenager so im sure its nto poeple playing a joke idiot. ive lived in anson my entire life. the bridge u speak of is presley’s bridge. a small tin covered bridge outside or town northwest to be exact. howvere the bridge is on private property so be careful if someoen lets u knwo of its whereabouts. when i was n highschool it was romoured there was a abondoned graveyard near truby texas outside of ansoen abotu 10 miles and if you knocked on a certain headstone it would knock back. also said it has a strange greenish glow. i have freinds that have said theyve been. i believe them. also somewhere sowthwest out on some private property is an abandoned ferris wheel in the middle of nowhere said to start turning automatically if soemeone sits on it. the fact its there is true i dotn knwo if it really moves or not. ots of creepy things

stace says:

November 24, 2007, 5:36 am

i think tht gayle is lyeing why would a little boy shout theyve got me

Elaine says:

January 6, 2008, 1:10 pm

YOU PEOPLE ARE ALL INSANE-O!!! well i live in Merkel near Anson and never heard of this story… everyone’s comment say thats not the way the stroy goes….HOW DOES IT REALLY GO?…

jenny says:

February 20, 2008, 11:13 pm

I would just like to say i really don’t believe in all the different stories but….this light does appear and it really does give you the feeling that something is coming closer and closer. me and my non-believer friends…BELIEVED!!!! everyone should check it out for themselves.

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May 29, 2008, 4:11 pm

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Patricia says:

August 15, 2008, 12:11 pm

I have seen the Anson light before, it’s creepy. I have not heard the voices or seen the light change color though. It’s still worth trying out.

S.A.S.H. says:

September 13, 2008, 9:06 pm

For starters, half of you need to seriously get your spelling in check. Reading some of these was ridiculous!! As a member of a paranormal team here in San Angelo, TX, there are many stories dealing with this event. The most common is the young boy and mother story. There are no voices, and no changing of the colors when you visit. The lights appear almost everytime, except on foggy nights we have found. There is much speculation about these being headlights from the Stamford highway, but it’s hard to pin-point exactly what is causing it. It’s very interesting, much like the Marfa Lights. If you’re up for the drive, definitely check it out!

jason tovias says:

October 29, 2008, 9:32 pm

I live in sweetwater tx and have also seen the light.I have not been in several years but yes we parked our car on the cross roads flashed our head lights 3 times and patiently waited about 10 to 15 minutes.It looks like a car with its lights on coming over a hill in the distance.My brother and a close friend seen the light change in size,from white to red and move from one shoulder of the road to the other.It would only get about 20 feet from our car and go back in the direction it came from.On this night it repeated this for about an hour back and forth.Ive been many times but this night was crazy,other nights it didnt come out

Laura Ashleyy says:

March 21, 2009, 2:12 pm

I’m a teenager and I live in Abilene, Texas. I’ve been to the Anson lights several times and every single time I’ve been the lights do come out. I actually went last night and it turned up that we weren’t the only group of teenagers going out there to see the lights. I’ve never heard voices though out of all the times I’ve been there. And the story that I was told was kinda similar. I’ve also been to Lake Ft. Phantom a little outside of Abilene to see the Lady Of The Lake which is kinda similar but I’ve yet to see the lady, the burial site and old forts are super creepy though. I don’t suggest going though, or be real careful because the police check the fort a lot.

Lou says:

July 1, 2009, 5:10 pm

i am 37 yr’s old and the first time i saw it i was 13 yr’s old,i lived in a small town about 15 miles from there and it is real it does change color’s i have seen it bright red before..ive probably seen the lights about 10 or more times..each time it does something different…sometimes it will just glow white at other times it splits up into more than one light..and if you drive go up to it, it disappears…you flash your headlight 3 times and then turn them off..oh and that story about it being pranks or whatever is ****..someone would have to stay out there all night every night(for years and years) just to play a prank..and people have been seeing it since before i was born…its no prank…i dont know what it is but its no prank..

FallenSky says:

July 12, 2009, 3:29 pm

Hey i have never been to anson nor lived near it but with what i have read it sounds pretty promising to go see. But i am a little doubtful cuz if there are a lot of cops how do you know its a ghost at all what if its just a cop or some kid witha flashlight. i read the thing bout figure eights and !5 feet in tha air and stuff but sereously anyone can walk in a figure eight and throw a flashlight fifteen feet in tha air.and then turn it off giving the illusion of the “figure” going back into the ground.i mean Come On people. But i still wanna try it. does it work if your out o9f the car??? like maybe if your holding a flashlight yourself and you turning it on and off three times?? that way you know it wasnt a fluke of the car?? Comment so i can get an answer . Thanks for reading my sensless rambling

TsuTexan19 says:

October 12, 2009, 11:29 pm

Anson Lights……haha Oh a great weekend in Anson. I had a good friend that grew up in Anson. When we were in college we went out there for a concert in Abilene and that Friday night after the concert we went to see both the Anson Lights and The Haunted Bridge.

The story on the Bridge is that a school bus went off of it because it’s close to a curve. So to warn people when you drive over the bridge slowly the kids beat on your car to warn you. The bridge is a metal bridge….and the beating sound is your tires going over the metal coils.

As for the lights…..it’s reflection of lights on the tall grave markers from the highway. White lights from when the lights coming toward the cemetery, red from the lights going away.

Both Myths

g.b says:

July 24, 2010, 4:47 am

there is some truth but the grave of the boy is a girl and is a relative to a close friend and fellow investigator we photographed the site to see if anything above the grave a apparition appears in the form of an angel laying its head to rest of its hands watching over it

Mira says:

October 19, 2010, 12:03 pm

just a speculation, but it seems that you can tell liars and idiots from none liars by the way they type and the short stories they reply to the original topic like adding “a friend of a friend”, “a family member”, etc etc….if it’s true that you’re related or your friend is, you’d have enough decency to not blurt it out so the people won’t get harassed about it.

anyways, i live in Carrollton, TX and i would love to go to and check out the lights.

Nadia says:

October 20, 2010, 6:57 pm

I went to school in Stephenville, and even though I never saw the lights my self (I was too scared too at that point), I heard a completely different story.

I am told, the story is, a woman, with two kids, was in a cabin during a major flood. Her husband was killed in the Civil War, so she was alone. I am told one of the children were sick, and she told the other child to go find help in the nearest town. Since it was a major flood, she gave the child a lantern, and said if you were distressed for any reason, I am going to stay on the porch until you get back, and just flash the lantern three times and I will come for your. Well, she got a little flashed three times, and set off, with her ill child, to find her other child, and found the body in the water. Trying to save her other child, she risked her life, and subsequentally, died, when she tried to save him/her. I am told, the other child died shortly after, being swept away by the water.

And that is why the light flashes three times for her to come looking for her lost child.

Nick says:

February 9, 2011, 8:03 pm

This is sooo true, my whole family has gone out there several times and we have seen it each time. It is very cool. If you call out to it, the light gets brighter and turns red. No joke. The story I heard was that there was a blizzard back in the long long ago and the mother and son lived on a ranch by themselves. The son went out to check on the cows and got lost on his way back. His mother always told him if he got lost to flash his lantern 3 times and she would come out with a lantern to help guide him home. Needless to say neither of them found each other and they both froze to death. The light appears by the cemetary but you want to pass the cemetary and drive about 1/4 mile down and turn around. Trun off the car and wait for a few min then flash your lights 3 times,( might have to repeat the flashes 2-3 times but you’ll see it. I can practically gaurantee it. Have fun and of course be safe.

zachary davis says:

April 18, 2011, 10:30 pm

ive been here plenty of times alone and the light always comes out but never turns red…………..i do hear voices but never “mommy they got me” all i hear is “help me” “help me please”

local says:

June 1, 2011, 4:11 am

I live in Anson and have been their several times. I have seen it several times never saw it change colors but have been told by friends that it does. Never heard voices. I do know some of the local cops and they dont tell people that its not true and that its a prank to try and keep people away many have had accidents on this road. One of the times I will never forget after we saw the light some of my friends decided to walk back to the cemetery I stayed in the car with a friend that was very scared. as they are walking we are driving behind them and one of my friends decides to stop the rest keep walking we kept driving after a while we couldnt see him anymore so we put the car in reverse and backed up till we could see him I got out of the car it was about 25-30 feet away from him and I asked if he was ok he didnt answer so I yell his name several times till I was practically right in front of him before he realized I was even out of the car he said he didnt know what happend that he had just froze and that it had happend to him before. But now the city has put up a bunch of lights out their so it would be very hard to see.

Ashley says:

August 17, 2011, 12:43 pm

I believe this, My sister and her friends have gone twice. (I was too young to go myself, according to my dad). The first time they went out there, she said it happened plain and simple. They turned off the car and blinked the car lights the times and saw the light, started driving towards it and it went out before they got close enough to it. The second time she went out there, it was differnt. It was her, her friend, and her friend’s boyfriend. When they got out there the boyfriend was flipping out saying he didn’t want to go out cause he doesn’t want them scared (he was scared), they go out there and blink the lights, nothing happened. they did it again and it came on, the boyfriend turned on his car and started driving, but it didn’t shut off. They drove right by it and the light was coming towards the car until they got far enough away. She hasn’t gone since nor has the desire to.

Christina says:

October 16, 2011, 2:41 am

I live in a town 11 miles from Anson,and we are new to the area..We ar emilitary and just moved to Hawley..Well we heard about these lights,so myself and my two daughters who are 13 and 10,and 3 other military wives,all did this tonight..Took us a few mins to figure out the right road near the cemetery,but once we did,we drove down the road found the cross way and turned around..We parked and turned our car off,and there was a group of lights to the left,but we clearly new htey were the cemetaries lights..Then to the left of those there was a light which appeared to be in the middle of the road,it was white but on camera it was green.Then left to it was a very dim light that looked red on camera.then it turned white,and would go from bright to dim then gone..This happened at different times.Liek teh 1st tiem we seen it,it was only there for about 10 mins,then gone.We then had to leave do to another car..We came back and seen it again and this timeit was there for about 23 mins,and yet again another car,so we didnt get ot sit long enought with out being bothered..So i dont know what it was but there is somehting there,so im going to go back again one night in the middle of the week and not near
Halloween,so its not as busy and actually get out of the car and check this out further:)It was a great tiem and no matter if somehting is paranormal or not a old dirt road in the middle of feids with a cemetary will get your hair standing any ways:)

KPO_Grim says:

March 5, 2013, 5:21 am

I live in Abilene and have seen the Anson lights a few times. The last time I went I was with a group of 8 people. That was quite an experience. We went to the road as normal, to the normal spot and flashed the lights 3 times. The light did appear as normal. Well we were more curious this time so we split into 2 groups, one group of 4 staying at the cars the other 4 (including myself) walked toward the graveyard. As we got closer to the graveyard we could not see the lights anymore; however the group at the cars called us and said the light was getting brighter. That was weird in itself that we couldn’t see the light but it was even brighter than it has been before, when we’ve been there. While on the phone a woman was heard through the phone on the other end saying “HELP!”. That was shortly followed by her calling out again yelling “HELP! HELP! HELP!” This concerned the other group and concerned us because the group walking towards the graveyard was 4 men. After the group met up down at the graveyard we decided to explore a little more. After about 30 minutes I started to feel weird and went and sat in the car next to the graveyard. I was still watching everyone in the graveyard, and they were not alone. There was a woman in there with them that was wearing an old timey dress but had no legs but moved as if she was walking. As she got closer to the others she disappeared. At the same pace that she was moving before and after passing every one she reappeared. It was a obviously a spirit of some sort. It was a very weird experience. We ended up leaving the cemetery at about 1 in the morning. If you would like to be a disbeliever you are more than welcome to but I know what my experience was.

Every experience out there is different. Some of you I see have not experienced it. Others have seen the light go right over the cars driving off.

The Anson/Abilene/Ft Phantom area is quite “haunted”. Lots of people have died out in the area and there are many spirits still around.

Robert Newman says:

March 14, 2013, 11:48 pm

My sister showed me this place years ago. I didn’t know the cops had to patrol the area, I guess this was before everyone on the internet heard about it. Anyway, I don’t know about the story but I definitely saw the light and it was not a cars headlights or any modern looking light. By the way, if you go you have to turn around to park once you get down the road. If you do not turn around you will not see the light, you will be facing the opposite direction.

Christy says:

December 12, 2014, 5:40 pm

I’ve been, and i didn’t hear any voices but i did see the lights. then we went and parked on another supposedly haunted site in Anson, the railroad tracks where a bus full of students died… we sat on them and didnt think anything happened…that is until we arrived home and saw about 20 little kid hand prints all over the car… WORTH TRYING.

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