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The Glowing Graveyard

Columbus, Nebraska
By Lisa

Located in Columbus, NE., this graveyard received the name “glowing graveyard” due to the headstones emitting a glow on nights when the moon is full.  Many believe that the headstones appear to glow because the limestone in the rock is being reflected by the moon, others believe differently.

A local legend located next to the glowing graveyard is one about a bus of kids rolling off the nearby bridge and plummeting to their death.  The legend states that if you put powder on your car and drive over the bridge in neutral, you will see hand prints from the deceased children when you get to the other side of the bridge.  Also, if you drive to the bridge and turn your car off while being parked in the middle of it, your car won’t start back up.

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Highland Huntress says:

March 15, 2014, 8:52 pm

Please, it is not haunted. There was marcasite in several stones. The stone that was supposedly haunted belonged to a blacksmith, but vandals destroyed it years ago. There was never a bus full of children that went into the Loup Power Canal there. That story didn’t even exist 20 years ago. It is not even origional it was adapted from a ghost story from Pennsylvania or Texas. Someone swiped this bus story off of the internet.

Christy says:

March 25, 2014, 4:21 pm

We had the “glowing grave” just east of Holdrege as well. It wasn’t the moon reflecting off a gravestone, it was the brakes of the car of you were in. Boys would take their girlfriends out there and tell them a creepy story and then carefully pump the brakes of the car to make it appear that a beating red light (think heart) was out on the gravestone. There was a small graveyard tucked between the fields and along the treeline and creek was a stone that was placed away from the rest, and it’s odd angle made the perfect reflection for passing cars. I had friend take me out there after I expressed interest in it… and laughed then it started beating because I could feel he was pumping the car brakes. Couldn’t fool me! 😀

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