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Unexplained Sightings and Phenomena in Texas  

Steve Wright
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List Rules Vote up the freakiest Lone Star happenings.

Unexplained things happen in Texas every day, ranging from the trivial to the bizarre, and from the cool to the creepy. Texas is such a huge state, with so many people in such a large area, that it's easy to see how events such as UFOs, mysterious lights, and many other creepy Texas phenomena could be reported.

Unfortunately, one of the problems with being such a large - and in some places, empty - state is that many of these events end up being reported by a single person. Obviously, with anything paranormal, there are going to be skeptics. That is why some of the best sightings on this list have more than one witness to corroborate their tale. Thanks to the Internet, it's now easy to share stories of fireballs, weird creatures, and even Native American skin-walkers with the rest of the world.

If weird, unexplained mysteries are your thing, then this list of unexplained phenomena in the Lone Star state is for you.

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Piney Woods UFO
Piney Woods UFO is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Unexplained Sightings and Phenomena in Texas
Photo: Jonas B/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

As UFO stories go, this is a creepy one. Back on December 29, 1980, a woman, her friend, and her grandson were driving through the Piney Woods near the town of Huffman. A strong, glowing light in the distance suddenly appeared right in front of them as a diamond-shaped spacecraft that would shoot down red/orange flames at regular intervals. The craft was soon surrounded by as many as 23 helicopters that chased it into the night sky.

The story would be creepy enough if it ended there, but the three vehicle passengers all became sick with radiation poisoning within hours of the encounter. All had injuries that were classified as life-threatening and none had been in any position to pick up radiation poisoning before their fateful trip home. 

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Mueschke Cemetery
Mueschke Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Unexplained Sightings and Phenomena in Texas
Photo:  MichaelGaida/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

Mueschke Cemetery in Houston has long been the source of paranormal activity. The cemetery gives off an eerie enough vibe that one paranormal investigation team called it "the scariest place they have ever visited." A paramedic shared his story, and photos, on Reddit, writing about a human-shaped creature with glowing yellow eyes. As if that wasn't enough, there is also an account of a man being attacked by the trees while visiting Mueschke Cemetery late at night.

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The Ghost Road
The Ghost Road is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Unexplained Sightings and Phenomena in Texas
Photo: Mintboy/flickr/CC-BY 2.0

The Ghost Road or Light of Saratoga is a a bluish-white light that appears at the end of Bragg Road in Hardin County. The light will randomly appear and disappear during the night and it never gets any larger, no matter how close you get to it. Local legend has it that a railroad brakeman lost his head here in a freak accident and the light is that of his lantern as he searches to find it.

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East Texas Blowdown
East Texas Blowdown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Unexplained Sightings and Phenomena in Texas
Photo:  1490208/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

Wind storms are not uncommon in Texas, but wind storms that come out of nowhere and flatten over 4 million trees are uncommon everywhere in the world. The East Texas Blowdown occurred on one night in 1998, when sudden winds picked up with sustained speeds of 120 mph and gusts of over 150 mph.

It is speculated that the only plausible explanation was that the jet stream somehow hit the surface of the earth. The jet stream, though, is usually at between 18,000 and 30,000 feet elevation. In order for it to dip that low, some huge external force must have been pushing it down.

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