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Saratoga Ghost Road
Bragg Road Ghost Light

Saratoga
38 miles NW of Beaumont


Photos & Text by Ken & Yvonne Rudine
It can be said that some of Texas was built on Legends, a way of understanding events that defy explanation – too great or too unnatural to imagine. The thing about “Legends” is, sometimes they are true.
Bragg Road Big Thicket Mystery Light
Photo 13 - Bragg Road Mystery Light
Two miles north of Saratoga off FM787 is the beginning of Bragg Road which travels north to FM1293. It is the Ghost Road where the Saratoga Mystery Light has appeared. Peering down this road is like looking in an infinite rifle barrel, that is green trees on top - pink dirt on bottom. This former railroad bed is now a dirt road, 8 miles long by 2 cars wide. Under daylight conditions it takes 30 minutes to safely drive to its junction with FM1293.
Ghost Road Scenic Drive Hardin County Park  Sign
Photo 1 - Ghost Road Scenic Drive, Hardin County Park sign
The road was dry and dusty the day we were on it. We drove and photographed what we saw to familiarize ourselves with the road in daylight and perhaps understand the source of the Mystery Light at night. From the south, first we came to a blocked side road (6) then more than a mile north of our start - a parked road maintainer (7) then another east bound side road opening, at about the 6 mile area was a pipeline crossing and deer stand (9) and finally the junction with FM1293 (10) and the road sign there (11). The last mile (or so) at the north end has electric power lines paralleling Bragg road and couple of mobile homes.
Photo 6 - A blocked side road
Parked road maintainer on Bragg Road
Photo 7 - A parked road maintainer
Bragg Road pipeline crossing and deet stand
Photo 9 - Pipeline crossing and deer stand
Bragg Road FM 1293 Junction , Saratoge Texas
Photo 10 - Junction of Bragg Road and FM 1293
Old Bragg Road sign - Saratoga ghost road, Texas
Photo 11 - Old Bragg Road sign at the junction with FM 1293
At night, the Big Thicket is black darkness and tends to hide what small lights that may be there. Since 1943 I have photographed everything imaginable. I came prepared and hoping to make a photo of the Mystery Light. For shots like this it is best to compose before it is totally dark. I setup the photo (12) similar to the daylight photo (4). Darkness came – and then we noticed, a light was visible. I made several exposures of varying length. The best of which is (12) and that image is enlarged to maximum benefit as (13). In both (12 & 13) some light illuminates the road in the foreground. The parked maintainer - more than a mile away is silhouetted – indicates the Mystery Light was still further away. Minutes pass and as quickly as it appeared, the light faded and was gone.
Bragg Road Ghost Light Texas
Photo 12 - The Mystery Light at Bragg Road
Bragg Road at Day Light
Photo 4 - Same spot of Bragg Road at Day Light
Still excited we waited a while to no avail, but were pleased with our hope of good results.

The results are what they are – but I know nothing more to say.
Ken & Yvonne Rudine
Hardin County , East Texas ghost road history
Photo 2 - Ghost road history
General Braxton Bragg historical marker
Photo 3 - General Braxton Bragg Historical Marker
Saratoga ghost road ecology, Hardin County Texas
Photo 5 - Hardin County Ghost Road Ecology
All photos courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2007

More on the Ghost Road:

Ghost Light caught on game amera
Photo courtesy Jim Adams, Jr. , 2011
  • Ghost Road Light Caught on Game Camera by Jim Adams, Jr.
  • The Ghost Road by Bob Bowman
  • The Ghost Road in Hardin County by Bob Bowman
  • The Big Thicket Light by Archie P. McDonald
  • Pollok and a Mystery Light on the Bodan by Ken Rudine
  • Saratoga, Texas
  • Beaumont Hotels > Ghost road area hotels

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    All photos August 2007, courtesy Ken Rudine
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