Source From Wikipedia: The Brown Mountain Lights are a series of ghost lights reported near Brown Mountain in North Carolina. The lights can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks at mile posts 310 (Brown Mountain Light overlook) and 301 (Green Mountain overlook) and from the Brown Mountain Overlook on NC Highway 181 between Morganton, NC and Linville, NC. Additionally, good sightings of the Lights have been reported from the top of Table Rock, outside of Morganton, NC. One of the best vantage points, Wisemans View, is about 4 miles from Linville Falls, NC. There is also a Brown Mountain Overlook on North Carolina Highway 181 that was recently improved with help from the city of Morganton for the purpose of attracting those who visit the area to see the lights. The best time of year to see them is reportedly September through early November.
Source From http://www.brownmountainlights.org/ The early history of sightings of the lights is somewhat unclear, at least to these investigators. There are some web sites and other writings that claim that they were seen by Native Americans, perhaps several hundred years ago. So far, we have located only one reference that may associate the lights with a Cherokee myth. See the Legends section for what we know and interpret of that potential myth. However, the description is not exactly like the reports of the lights, and if it were real, we have to ask why this story is a real while the other 500 recorded myths, about flying horses, etc., are discounted. What, in fact is a myth? More recent than the Indian legends is the apparent claim of sightings by the early surveyor Gerard William de Brahm, who surveyed the region in the 1770s.
Our research group has found that De Brahm never actually got into North Carolina, only getting as close as South Carolina. The one reference to some kind of luminous vapors thus could not have anything to do with the Brown Mountain Lights. Thus, this is a modern myth that lives on, on the Internet. The lights were reported seen by members of the Morganton Fishing Club, as published in an article in the Charlotte Observer. That article is found in our References section. Modern investigations started at the request of some US Congressmen to the U.S. Geologic Survey. Two investigations were made, the first in 1913 and the second in 1922. The latter was a more comprehensive study that included the collection of witnesses sightings and opinions, as well as original observations from several viewing points in the regions. That survey concluded that they lights were attributed to locomotive and car lights, and to fires. The entire USGS report in found posted in our References section.
Mysterious lights flying around in the sky. Could be UFOs....could be Ghost Lights.
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