Monday, 11. July 2005
Brown Mountain Lights

This site is devoted to unbiased, scientific information on the Brown Mountain Lights. Faculty and students at Appalachian State are investigating the Brown Mountain Lights, which are reported visible from several viewing points in the Linville area of the mountains of North Carolina. The lights are most often reported as small, star-like dots of light of a brightness comparable to stars. Motion of the lights has varied by reports, from slow movements to almost firework type action.

Caton's Brown Mountain Lights site

Brown Mountain is a long, low-lying ridge on the border of Burke and Caldwell counties in Western North Carolina. Most of it belongs to the Pisgah National Forest. For perhaps 800 years or more, ghostly lights have been seen flaring and creeping along, and below, the ridge at night.

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Some of the earliest reports came from Cherokee and Catawba Indians, settlers, and Civil War soldiers. Thousands have witnessed the spectacle, which is ongoing to this day. The lights have been investigated three times by the United States government, and countless times by private groups.

Warren's Brown Mountain Lights site

Today in the Online-Press:

Over the years, watchers have tagged the Brown Mountain Lights as everything from ghosts to UFOs to various natural phenomena.
It's not even really clear when people started talking about the mysterious lights.


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Folklorists point to a Cherokee legend that says the lights came from torches carried by grieving maidens following a battle between American Indian tribes on the mountain. Another tale says they're from a lantern carried by a slave's ghost seeking his master, who disappeared while hunting in the 1800s.


An Appalachian State University physics and astronomy professor is chasing the elusive Brown Mountain Lights, a legend that has lured tourists for decades.

UPDATE 09.12.05:
The article by News Yahoo doesn't exist anymore, so I deleted the link.
Here is the original text: Read more ...
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