do you think people are going to be there riding bikes in the middle of the night. It's old Highway 45 for crying out loud. Headlights beyond the barrier traveling on the other side of old Highway 45.
Jim, Isn't there a trail that everyone keeps talking about? I meant mountain bikes or a mountain bike on the trail. Beyond the barrier of Old Highway 45? Mountain bike lights are available in LED and some come as high as 220 Lumens. I'm just saying. Reading some of the posts, I now have more questions. Distiller, or Joe, If this is as everyone seems to agree, a residual haunting of A man holding A single lantern, why can people see 4 or 5 red orbs? :-/
I don't really subscribe to the lantern thing but the white light sure does resemble a train light sometimes. I am not saying I know what it is but i am saying I know what it isn't. I think it might be more of an electrical phenomenon or something. Just to be clear, this happens during the day as well. It would be very easy to see what was behind it if it was a hoax. Besides it goes on periodically day and night, 24 / 7 / 365 so that pretty much rules out someone playing a joke. I have also seen a truck drive up there in the past and with the truck facing us it was obviously different and even with the brights on it was easy to tell the difference.
A group of us from Iron Mountain, MI, about 80 miles east of Watersmeet, went to check the Paulding lights about 35 years ago.
One of our group, Al A., had been there and was fascinated and perplexed - and also had conjured up a half dozen theories.
We got to the site where Al had seen the lights about 5:00 PM, so it was still daylight. We had binoculars, cameras and telescopes. Al set up the telescope in the direction in which he had see the lights. I was looking through it and moving it around slowly when I spotted a car at a considerable distance.
I told Al he was probably seeing headlights or tail lights. He pooh-poohed the idea. Fortunately, one of the pick-up trucks in our group had roof light flashers. Also, a couple of people had those devices that truckers used in those days to communicate with each other. I forgot what they were called, but they truckers used them to tell each when "Smoky Bear", e.g. cops. I believe they called CB's.
We figured out where road the car I had seen was located. (I had also spotted a second car.) Between cars, you could barely see the highway. I told them not to touch the telescope. It was positioned exactly where I wanted it.
Gene C, the guy with the pick-up with flashers and I took of to find the spot I had seen the car. We said we would be flashing the lights and would be in constant communication with them. Sure enough, maybe twenty minutes later, the guy viewing through the telescope saw our flashing lights.
We went back and forth on that road about a half mile in each direction and they spotted our flashers everytime through the telescope.
Now we had to wait until dark to see if the Paulding lights appeared coincidentally with the cars going by or shortly before or shortly after them.
The road was far from heavily traveled. We saw only one or two other cars during the 45 or so minutes were were on it.
It finally got dark. We saw our first and then many more Paulding lights. Sure enough, they were always associated with cars. It's been over 35 years ago, so I can't remember how soon before or after we could see the cars the lights appeared and disappeared, but it was consistent.
Other tourists/visitors came to view them that night, probably 25 or so in couple of hours. Most of them got pretty excited when they "saw the light."
We explained to many of them what caused the lights. We still had the telescope set up and told them to look through it. Would you believe hardly any of them chose to look - and I'm not sure any of them believe us. Our own party was made up of around 8 people, all of whom knew by that time the cause of the lights.
People will believe what they want to believe, I guess, and no one was about to change their mind.
We did manage to convince our friend Al, though. I believe he was a little disappointed that his UFO theories, power line theories, headless railroad engineer story (a local legend) and a few others he had dreamt up went down the drain.