If you got directions from the backwoods wisconsin web site you got incorrect directions. I think they are partly responsible for people going to the wrong place and i'm trying to get them to fix it. Anyways Robbins Pond Rd and old hwy 45 are not the same road. Checkout Mapquest and you can plainly see that. What i'm really trying to do is to get people to stop wasting their time going to old 45 and looking at car lights. We need them with their cameras and telescopes on Robbins Pond Rd to really investigate this thing so we can figure out what it is once and for all. I wish i could get up there soon, but maybe later this year. thanks
I "saw" the light for the first time recently with my wife who had seen it before and a friend that has been to the light many times. I have to agree with Phil and all those who commented that what you are seeing are car headlights in some way. If you use the new technology likt yahoo or google maps and even look at a satalite view, you can clearly see that the looking point is looking north to where there woule be headlights (white) or taillights (red). I also want to reply to an early post:
How do you explain the sightings of the paulding light before cars were invented, yes that's right I have researched this and there has been sightings of this light since the 1800's when trains were the main source of transportation and buggies. now I don't know about anyone esle but I have never seen a headlight or train light for that matter do what the Paulding light does.
I would like to point out that this web page indicated that this occurance has been reported to have been seen for "40 years". Unless this page was created in 1930, cars have existed for this time. I would like to know where this person did their research that the light has been seen for so long; especially because there used to be a road there...
Nate, i have not zoomed in with telescope but i dont think i need to. I totally agree that I have seen car lights (headlights and tail lights) These simply keep you interested long enough to see the real light. When you see the real thing in person I think you will know what I am talking about. In fact I am positive you will know and you will probably never forget it. If you go there and what you see does not astound you then you need to wait or go back and hopefully you will see the real thing.
I forgot one thing. I am not sure if people are honest about going many times and seeing only car lights but there sure seems to be a certain group of people who never see it in spite of many attempts. If I knew what the light was I guess we could understand more if it will perhaps not show itself in certain situations or around certain people. All I can say is i went twice and after watching car lights for 20 mins or so each time I then saw the real light. The first time I almost left thinking it was a hoax and just cars. Just about that time some lights started showing up that were not cars. They were in the tree tops slightly off to the side. They moved up and down, closer and farther, down the hill some and back up. It was cool but then the real light showed up and blew me away. Then after about a 15 minute show it disappeared and about 30 seconds later a truck pulled in. Up until that point we were all alone. I would say the best bet is to be out there alone, perhaps on a weeknight to have the best chance to see it. dont give up
:)We made our first trip up a couple weeks ago and our expextations where pretty high. Actually it was the 5th of July so it was packed! When we first pulled up almost immediately you could see the white light at the top of the hill. this changed from a dimm light to a very bright light and then it would slowly fade out and would be gone. We also would see a smaller red light which would sometimes split into two lights. Oddly enough these light would sort of spin around each other. We too decided to walk all the way down the trail and over the creek and walked all the way down to the end to where the trail splits. We constantly kept checking in front and behind us but could never see anything unless we where back at the road block. Interestingly, people at the begining could see the light the entire time, while we could see nothing. Could this be due to the angle or eyesight level? We walked to the highest points we could find down the trail and could never see any lights or reflections of lights or car lights or car sounds further down the trail. One point I will make is as cars showed up back at the parking spot (we are still down the trail),and there must have been 40 cars that night, the entire area between the trees would light up from the head lights casting shadows all over the area. This never happend from the light we could see back from the viewing area. I'm an optomist but play a very good devils advocate. *** :-/My conclusion is this. After looking at the maps and satellite images, Robins Pond Road is mostly going North West. As far as roads off that way that could be in line with it, which one could we be seeing? I only see dirt roads and fire lanes. It would have to be a highway to sustain the amount of traffic needed to keep this optical illusion going ALL NIGHT LONG. This road would have to be very flat or at the peek of a very flat ridge coming right at out vantage point as the white light we saw would move around a little back and forth, become very bright and then fade out. I just can't see headlights acting like that. When this light became brighter people woud say "it's getting closer". I just saw it as getting brighter but not closer. It did not appear to get higher or lower in level but at times would sort of bounce around?. I will say that this light became so bright at times that it would have to be close enough to hear a car it that is what it was. Each time we saw the light do something we would ask each other what they where seeing so we could agree we saw the same thing to rule out our eyes playing tricks. Each time the observations where the same. That night I did not see something that I could completely say was unexplainable. I will say that the lights we saw appeared more like focused or balls of light. The red ones where smaller, like tail lights and the white was bigger and brighter like a headlight. I would have loved to see the light come up in front of us or float around us but that didn't happen that night. We left not knowing what to think. I will say I have a hard time buying the car theory as I can't imagine the UP in that area has that much constant traffic ALL NIGHT LONG. I can say that we left not knowing what to think. What we saw did not seem like it couls have been headlights but then anything is possible. My father -in-law has been up a couple time this year and had one occasion where that same white light became very bright and actual came up within 50' of where the group that night was standing. Maybe the night we went has too many people, I don't know. I just know I left wanting to see more and have that experience that alot of people have seen that makes them total believers. Go see it if you have a chance.
Sounds like you had a decent experience considering the number of people there. I have always had my best luck when it was dead quiet. I have seen the same thing with people thinking it was getting closer when it just seemed to be getting bigger and brighter. I guess perception is reality. What i have seen is the light actually moving down below the hills horizon seemingly moving towards us. I would like to see a car do that. A 4 wheeler with a big honkin spotlight and a diesel generator could do that but i would like to see them get it 50 feet in the air above the hill where it started. Anyway, glad you got to see something interesting.
google earth. 3d view if you can. traffic lights. anyone wonder why its only ever red or white? This is no mystery to me on what this is. I feel like I can debunk the whole thing by driving south on 45 with a green filter over my headlights. Have someone sit at the Paulding Light observation area and let me know(by radio if possible) when they see the spooky green light. Flash lights on and off 3 times....myth done. The lights never moves. It doesnt float up into the sky and dance around in the sky like all the tourist info in the area says. Its a good hoax. It has held up a long time.
i have been there many times and not always see the light but the last 3 or 4 times i've been there i have seen it and have had other strange experiences usually happening when we are the only car there. last experience was last spring. the was a glowing ball of orange almost red light about 5 ft in front of my truck about the size of a basket ball we got a little freaked out and took off while i had my truck floored on the way out the light came down the line so fast it felt like we weren't moving at all. it came withing a few hundred feet of us and actually had turned blue.
skeptics don't bother me they are probably the same people that go to church and believe in god. which is something that they've never seen just another thing they chose to believe with no evidence at all