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    POLLOK AND
    A MYSTERY LIGHT ON THE BODAN

    by Ken Rudine
    The Bodan Creek ran through my motherís family land on its way southwest to the Neches River. As a child during the 1930ís and 40ís my parents took me to visit this 140+ acres about every other weekend of each year. The Bodan crossed the road I later named Edwards Loop, about 200 yards from the house. I played in the creek bed when it was dry and tried to dam it up when it had water.

    My Uncle Jack had a battery-powered radio that could pick up The Grande Ole Opry on Saturday night. He would listen usually while he sat in his rocking chair on the front porch smoking his pipe of Prince Albert tobacco. Jack spent his life plowing and I often ran behind, listening to him talk to the mule. One Saturday night Jack recalled seeing a glow, in the direction of the Bodan.

    Electrical service for this area was still 10 years in the future so this light must have come from a lantern or some unknown source. Suspecting the latter, Jack loaded his shotgun and followed a cow trail he knew would approach the mysterious glow.
    Bragg Road Ghost Light
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2007
    Finally reaching a nearby view point, he crouched as the glow moved from behind a high creek bank that hid the light. Perhaps twenty feet before him he saw what looked like a dim lamp, maybe one foot in diameter. It was in the middle of the creek bed unsupported in mid-air about three feet above water level. Silently the mysterious glow moved slowly down stream until it disappeared. Jack remained motionless, frozen in his crouched position and puzzled.

    He returned to the porch where he tried to understand what he had just seen. The night was dark and heavy with humidity, he recalled, but he never understood what he saw. Over the years before his death, he told me the story several times but the ending never changed.

    Now 70 years later the Bodan still feeds into the Neches River that flows southeast into Tyler County. From Woodville south to Saratoga, in the Big Thicket, strange lights have been seen in the past on a regular basis. When electricity began coming to these remote areas in 1947, mystery light reports reduced. Now when darkness falls, electric lights come on. This causes naturally occurring fluorescent objects and unknown glowing phenomena to go unnoticed.
    Ė Ken Rudine

    Forum:
    Subject: Bodan Ghost Light

    I have recently read a story you wrote about the Bodan Ghost Light. I live in Pollok on Choppin Rd. as my family has live here for the past one hundred years. I have seen the ghost light and all I can say is that I thought I was crazy until I read your story. I saw the light further down Bodan than the area you described (closer to the Neches) and it appeared higher for I saw it through the branches of the trees along the creek bank. At first I thought it may have been a helicopter with a spotlight hovering over that area; however, there was no sound nor was there any movement with the light plus the light really needed to be brighter to be a spotlight. I thought it may be the moon; conversely, I found the moon seconds later and it was only a sliver in a different area of the sky. I thought about this for months trying to find an explanation that would make me feel better (frankly, I was concerned I was seeing things). Finally, I just decided to let it go and not worry about it any further. Until I found a story about the ghost light. The light I saw was not in the same area and it was a little higher, but I believe it is the same light on the Bodan. Thank you. - Jennifer Aldredge, 28 May 2012

    More on the Ghost Light:

    The Ghost Road by Bob Bowman
    The Big Thicket Light by Archie P. McDonald
    Bragg Road Ghost Light by Ken Rudine
    Saratoga, Texas


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