Urban Legends From Around Abilene and the Lone Star State
The Abilene area is not without its share of scary ghost stories or urban legends. I doubt that you can find an Abilenian that hasn't heard about the 'Lady Ghost Of Fort Phantom' or the mystery surrounding the 'Anson Lights'. Here are a few more ghost stories.
The Lady Ghost of Ft. Phantom
This ghost story began in the mid 1940's when Mona Bell agreed to meet her boyfriend who had just returned from the war.
They were to meet at Lake Fort Phantom where he would flash his headlights three times. As she went to hug him, he flew into a rage and strangled her. His best friend had (jokingly) told him that he kept Mona company while he was away.
Realizing what he'd done, he tossed her lifeless body into the lake. Witnesses claimed Mona was not dead because she screamed and then her screams turned to gurgles as she drowned.
'The Lady Ghost' makes herself known today, by causing your headlights flicker when you drive by the lake. She also surrounds your car with a dense fog. Those that have witnessed it, say it's a hair raising experience. The video below is a fictitious reenactment of the urban legend.
The Anson Lights
As the legend goes, one night during the Depression, a young mother searches frantically along a dirt road looking for her missing toddler that wandered away. Slipping on the icy ruts as she stumbled through the darkness with her lantern searching for her son.
She succumbed to the elements and died searching for him. Her body was later discovered and It was presumed the toddler froze to death too, although his remains were never found.
The mother's spirit still lives on around here, searching for her child, holding her lantern high to light the way. Thus the 'Anson Lights'
This story gained validity when Unsolved Mysteries reported on it years ago. The reporters in the video below saw the lights near the Mount Hope cemetery just outside of town. As they drove closer to the lights, they instantly disappeared.
The Old Weather Bureau on North First
The old Weather Bureau building on North First Street is said to be haunted. As the story goes, the first Bureau Chief was working one stormy West Texas night.
The Chief needed to check something in the basement so he ran to the stairs and before he took his second step, he fell down the stairs and broke his neck. He was discovered the next morning by his staff.
His ghost is said to have stayed in the building, surprising and supervising those who work there today.
Hangman's Bridge in Anson
As this urban legend goes, authorities hung a man off the Clear Fork Bridge. He was accused of raping Mrs. Presley, a Jones County resident, then hiding her body under the bridge.
Days later the Sheriff and two Deputies found a man they believed to be the rapist and hung him off the bridge. It's that mans spirit roams the 'Presley Bridge' as the locals call it now, looking to exact his revenge on the Sheriff and his Deputies for hanging an innocent man.
Strange USA.com has the location of the old 'Presley Bridge' on CR-429. The bridge is all metal and made lots of noise when driven over. However the bridge is off limits to vehicles now. Locals say wind can be heard blowing on one side of the bridge, while the other side is calm.
Jones County Attorney Investigator Mike Middleton said "the old all steel bridge was replaced with a new bridge many years ago." The old bridge remains in tact just off the dirt road. Maybe that's why the urban legend has died down some.
No word if Investigator Middleton or Sheriff Moore have ever been on the Presley Bridge late at night.
Ghostly Children at the Railroad Tracks
This urban legend freaked me out so bad, I had to include it. This one is from outside of San Antonio.
According to Legends of America, there was a terrible school bus accident at a railroad crossing. Several children died in the accident.
It's said that if you stop your vehicle on or about the tracks, you will feel your car being pushed up a small incline. Supposedly by the ghosts of the school children that perished.
People claim to have sprinkled baby powder over the bumpers of their cars, only to find small hand prints in the powder. They say, it's the ghostly children trying to help stalled motorists across the railroad tracks.