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Ghost Lights

Posted by LOTGK on October 10, 2007

The Ghost Lights

When I was in my teens, there was a particular spooky place called the Ghost lights. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s, it was the place to take your date to scare the living hell out of them.

The ghost lights was actually located in Hillsville, Pennsylvania about a 30-minute ride from Youngstown. The drive was eerie as we would pass several funeral parlors on Route 616 and once we passed the Campbell bridge, the road got narrower and the tree’s were close to the road and many of them were of the weeping willow variety.

An Old Cemetery was right before we got to the ghost lights. Of course there was a story about the graveyard. As the story goes, it was a haunted graveyard and even though it was abandoned and no electricity was connected, an eerie light always shined on the Oldest Tomb Marker. And if anyone were brave enough to investigate the grave, they would find the shock of their life for the name on the marker would be yours. Of course I had to verify this phenomenon and ventured to the tomb. Slightly disappointed, the Grave Marker did not have my name on it, nor did it have anyone’s name on it. The many years in the ground had taken its toll and weathered the inscription away. Now back to the ghost lights…..

The announcement that we were there was a four way cross roads with an old abandoned house on the right side across the road. It was said to be a haunted house, but after complete inspection, all we found were some old motorcycle chains and scattered beat up old furniture. However, during one visit, Guy, a fellow Grassy Knoll Institute scientist fell through the floor up to his waist. A little wider hole and he would have dropped into the basement.

So, what are the ghost lights? Well, it was many things. For starters, it was the home of the Eternal Flame, the Forbidden Bridge, and home of the green man. (Or hook man as some would say) All this paranormal activity concentrated in a quarter mile stretch of real estate.

As the legend goes that if you drive over the forbidden bridge and back three times in one day then you will die a horrible death. Of course we would drive over and back three times to test this legend but look, I’m still here, not dead, even horribly.

To the green man, or hook man. I believe everyone knows a story of this urban legend. Our story was that the man was actually green in color. His skin glowed caused by an accident long ago when he was working for the power company and was electrocuted. If the time was right and your luck was good, depending on ones perspective, you could see him shambling along the ghost lights road on his way home. I was there many times but never did I see the green man.

On to the main event. The Eternal Flame. Legend had it that the flame was lit and guarded every night by the green man. It was the only job he was capable of doing since being electrocuted. It was said that he was very protective of the flame. Well, we had to make the trek through the woods to find it. Several minutes of wondering, actually following a semi type path worn down we came upon a small clearing. There it was, the eternal flame but disappointment set in again. The eternal flame was merely a gas line main with a pilot light. And, there was no green man to be found guarding the flame. What a gip.

I took my wife (girlfriend at the time) to the ghost lights once in my convertible. Yea, I had the top down. I tried to persuade her to come see the eternal flame but she wasn’t buying it, nor did she want to go see the glowing tombstone. Or the Glowing Tree at the top of the road. About the only scary thing that night was when I heard a thump and ran over a large rock in the road. I thought I was going to get a flat tire.

However, as I was opening the car door in Patty’s driveway after a long fun evening, there lodged in the side of the door, was a large bloody hook.

Here are several more shots of the Ghost Lights area. Click the thumb nails for larger photos.

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18 Responses to “Ghost Lights”

  1. LOTGK said

    Previous Comments…

    LOTGK – Posted 8/12/2006
    FYI…
    It was always more eerie at night time. During the day in these photo’s, it looks quite tame.

    Chica-X – Posted 8/12/2006
    I love when you do eerie stories like this, the paranormal is just my thing…:D

    SIGHTER – Posted 8/12/2006
    The hook man, a national urban legend. Classic story, two lovers, on a deserted highway, hear a noise, run back to their car, hear another noise, and the boyfriend gets out to investigate, never comes back, the girl freaks out, the police finally come, tell the girl to get out of the car, and not to look back, for there is her boyfriend lying in the dirt and a big bloody hook stuck in the car door.

    LOTGK – Posted 8/12/2006
    Hence my last sentence, However, as I was opening the car door in Patty’s driveway after a long fun evening, there lodged in the side of the door, was a large bloody hook.

    Msdragon – Posted 8/14/2006
    Great story! There’s a place here in Scranton called Dark Regions Road that’s got a lot of the same ole stories linked to it!

    LOTGK – Posted 8/14/2006
    I would have thought that the city of Hillsville would have taken advantage of this old road and for the month of October, turn it into a haunted hayride. Add some props, some lights, and just because the atmosphere is right, it would be a great place for Halloween.

    Mako Shark – Posted 4/7/2007
    I was just there, and it looks exactly like the pictures. Even the couch. When were you there last and when were those taken.

    LOTGK – Posted 4/10/2007
    Mako, the pictures were taken just about a year ago. Late March or early April of 2006.

    Mark – Posted 6/27/2007
    I am highly intrigued with this area. Please return and post more pics….

    Brian – Posted 7/14/2007
    ive been out there with my friends before and although that church looks pretty scary at night thats not the right one. The real one is calld St. Lawrence and it supposedly has a haunted mary statue
    LOTGK – Posted 7/14/2007
    Brian, believe me, it is the correct church, tomb, grave marker. It has received a makeover since the 1970’s. Remember, the ghost lights have been around for a very long time. We started going in the middle 1970’s, more than 32 years ago.

  2. Kristi said

    I grew up near Hillsville, and I have driven through “zombie land” hundreds of times. (My grandparents taught me how to drive there.) I have never experienced anything supernatural. I have been there day and night, with and without people, and still nothing. There is a legend of Hook man, but that’s a very common urban legend. The Green Man really existed, however, I have never heard of him haunting anything. My grandmother met him in her younger days, and he wasn’t actually “green”, but his skin did have a sickly color to it. The scariest thing about Hillsville is that in 2000, a 12 year old girl was murdered by three men (ages 20 &-21). I drive past that cemetery nearly everyday, and I haven’t experienced the slightest bit of a supernatural occurance. There are many legends about the bridge (different variations, raning from sitting on the bridge at midnight to crossing over it a certain number of times), and as for the eternal flame, it is said that if you light it, hook man will come. You’re right, it is a gas line, and if you light it, you better run fast, because my uncle nearly burned his hand off. Hook man’s road/bridge, as I know it, is frequented especially on Halloween night. There are at least a dozen cars there, everyone hoping to see something out of the ordinary. If you drive past the bridge about a quarter of a mile, there are plenty of beautiful, well-taken care of homes. My advice, don’t waste your time coming to visit it, although you might have a near death experience involving a deer and your car.

  3. LOTGK said

    Yes, it was a great place for us as teenagers to hang out way back in the 1970’s. And it still looks pretty much the same except for the house on the corner torn down and a different assortment of couches that decorate the side of the road.

  4. LU ANN said

    THE GREEN MAN, AS HE WAS KNOWN IN THE 70’S WAS ACTUALLY A REAL MAN NAMED RAY. HE GREW UP IN THE EDINBURGH OR HILLSVILLE/ BESSEMER AREA OF PA. THE “HOOK MAN ” IS ANOTHER URBAN LEGEND ENTIRERLY, WHO KNOWS WHEN IT BECAME CONFUSED WITH RAY… WHOM I MET PERSONALLY, OUTDOORS ,AT NIGHT, IN THIS AREA NEAR THE GHOST LIGHTS OF PA. ACCORDING TO MY DAD, RAY HAD BEEN ELECTROCUTED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO RECTRIEVE A KITE FROM A POWER LINE, AND HAD RECIEVED SEVERE FACIAL BURNS CAUSING HIS SKIN TO MORE OR LESS MELT OVER HIS FACE. HE HAD NO NOSE, JUST TWO MISFIGURED NOSTRILS AND HIS HAIRLINE WAS BURNED BACK OFF OF HIS FOREHEAD WITH LONG STRINGY HAIR. HE WAS ACTUALLY VERY FRIENDLY TO US AND ASKED IF HE COULD BUM A CIGARETTE- SCARY TO SEE A BLIND MAN WITH NO REAL FACIAL FEATURES SMOKE! FAR FROM A MONSTER AND ACTUALLY MORE BURGUNDY THAN GREEN FACIAL COLOR. GOD BLESS RAY, A GOOD SPORT, HE KNEW ALL THE LEGENDS ABOUT HIMSELF.

  5. Tony said

    I went there today and nothing happened. I drove over the bridge and drove fairly slow to read what people wrote which was pretty stupid really. Well any way i drove back over it after trying to check the area out and not finding nothing and after crossing over the bridge there was this dog walking up the hill and it looked horrible as if it was hit by a car or something and i slowed up to see if it was okay and it came to my jeep then walked away i slowly followed it then it started to run from me and crossed in front of me and went into this drive about half up the hill away from the bridge and that was the last i seen of the dog which was a small little shitzue looking dog. I dont know what to think of it or if the dog was real or not has any one experienced anything like this.

    • LOTGK said

      Well, I don’t know how to take this sentence, so I guess we’re even.

      “Well any way i drove back over it after trying to check the area out and not finding nothing and after crossing over the bridge there was this dog walking up the hill and it looked horrible as if it was hit by a car or something and i slowed up to see if it was okay and it came to my jeep then walked away i slowly followed it then it started to run from me and crossed in front of me and went into this drive about half up the hill away from the bridge and that was the last i seen of the dog which was a small little shitzue looking dog.”

  6. GAIL said

    ABOUT THE GREEN MAN … BACK IN 1955, SOME OF US KIDS FROM WHAT WAS THEN CALLED BESSEMER HI, NOW MOHAWK HI, WOULD PILE INTO A CAR AND GO TO COPPEL, PA., TO SEE THE GREEN MAN. YES, HIS NAME WAS RAY & HE WALKED ONLY @ NITE WITH HIS DOG. HIS DOG LATER HAD DIED, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, IT WAS HIT BY A CAR. THIS HURT HIM DEEPLY. WE ASKED HIM ABOUT WHY ONLY WALK @ NITE, AND HE SAID THAT SOME OF THE NEIGHBORS COMPLAINED THAT HE SCARED THEIR CHILDREN, SO HE DECIDED NITE WAS BEST. HE ALSO SAID BEING BLIND, IT WAS ALWAYS NITE-TIME FOR HIM ANYWAY. HE WAS ELECTROCUTED … THE SKIN ON HIS FACE WAS SO THIN AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THAT IT TOOK ON AN IRREDESCENT LOOK,COVERED HIS EYES SOCKETS COMPLETELY, HE HAD BASICALLY TWO HOLES WHERE HIS NOSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN, HIS EARS WERE DEFORMED AS WELL AS HIS HANDS, AND HE HAD A PRONOUNCED SORT OF SHUFFLED LIMP. HIS SPEECH WAS IMPAIRED IN-AS-MUCH AS HIS WORDS CAME OUT WITH A LOW “0” SOUND, IN KEEPING WITH THE FACT THAT ALL THAT WAS LEFT OF HIS MOUTH, WHICH WAS ON THE SIDE OF HIS FACE, WAS AN OVAL HOLE. A VERY NICE MAN WHO LIVED WITH HIS MOTHER. HE WAS GLAD TO STOP AND TALK WITH US, AS HE SAID HIS LIFE WAS A LONELY ONE. HE DID HAVE RED HAIR WHICH BEGAN WELL BEHIND HIS HAIR-LINE, ABOUT WHERE HIS EARS BEGAN, AND HUNG IN SPARSE STRANDS TO HIS SHOULDERS. I AM SURE HE IS GONE NOW, BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET LONELY RAY, “THE GREEN MAN.”
    GAIL

  7. Chris Schilke said

    Back in the late sixties I actually met the green man. His skin wasn’t really green it was grayish. It actually looked like it was melted. We went out several nights, because we were told he only went out at night to the spot idicated by my brother. It was explained that he liked beer so we bought some. The second time we went out there we parked the car, it was around midnight. we waited until we heard the rythmic tap tap tap on the road and turned on our lights. He was there. He had a walking stick that he held by the top that he checked with to make sure he was still on the road. He wouldn’t stop until we opened a beer under his nose which he drank. He talked with us and said his name was “Ray” and we asked him how he was hurt. He said he’d been electrocuted trying to save his brother who was trying to retrieve a kite. That’s what I remember. I don’t think he had a reason to lie and niether do I.

  8. lenga said

    I lived near Zombie land for over 30 years. It was a place to take girls to scare them half to death. Most of the stories are older than I am. The problem with the place is that so many guys take girls out there, that there are other groups there scaring the other groups of kids. I used to take walks in this area after work to relax until a 12 year old girl was murdered there and thrown under the bridge. It really is a great place to live. There really isn’t anything paranormal about the place other than the legends that are used to scare kids. My mother still lives down the road and I still go over the “White Bridge” now and then just to show my kids where I use to hang out or go when I was there age.
    About the “Green Man”, here is a link to the actual picture and biography of the “Green Man” that lived in Koppel Pa.
    http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/7623039

    • LOTGK said

      I lived in Youngstown, just a few miles from Zombie Land, The Ghost Lights, Eternal Flame, etc.. As teens, in the mid 1970’s, we would always find ourselves down there. Great fun.
      Great fun.

      • Anonymous said

        I will admit it was a spooky place when you’re twelve. My freinds brother burnt his hand trying to light the Eternal Flame, we called it the “Blue Flame”. I guess now days it isn’t much to see, I guess it’s just like a pilot light if you can light it at all.

        • LOTGK said

          Even at the age of 13. And yes, as you can see by the pics posted, it is not a lot to see. But when night falls, the area takes on a more erie feeling.

  9. Anonymous said

    I just finished a video of white bridge on youtube and I am finishing a new one about the eternal flame. Here is a link.

  10. Anonymous said

    Part two of zombie land. We search for the eternal flame.

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