The Gurdon Light

Zoie Clift


Gurdon and Crossett are well known for legends about
mysterious lights. Both are paranormal tales about railroad workers who were
beheaded while working the rails. The Gurdon Light is an unexplained
supernatural light based on local folklore. The light, which was first sighted
in the 1930s, has been featured on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries. As lore
goes, the light occurs in a wooded area by railroad tracks, and appears as a
light or lights hovering in the air. It has been described as having a blue,
green, white or orange  color. Its
location varies ( thought it stays within a select geographic area) and
witnesses have described it appearing at various times of the day or night.
Because of it’s remote location, car headlights have been eliminated as a
possible source of the light. According to legend, the light originates from a
lantern of a railroad worker who was killed ( some say murdered)  when he fell into the path of a train.
The man’s head was separated from his body and never found. The light people
see comes from his lantern as he searches for his head.
Like Gurdon, Crossett
had a railroad worker, a brakeman, who came to an untimely end in the early 1900s
when he was beheaded near the track. Now a ball of light can be seen swaying
back and forth a few feet over the track as the brakeman looks for his lost
head. Or is it his wife carrying the lantern and looking? The Crossett legend
began with the coming of the railroads, which not only shaped towns on maps but
also created legends of narrative tradition. The Crossett Light is viewed by
some as a terrifying ghost, while others view it as a source of fun and
entertainment. The most interesting aspect of The Light is that it supposedly
disappears when one approaches it, and it will go through a car, making it
impossible to start the ignition
Posted in Travel Arkansas
3 comments on “The Gurdon Light
  1. Kaye says:

    I remember as a kid going with my family and friends of the family to see if we could see the light. Fun and interesting memories. I didn’t know that people still did that.

  2. Zoie Clift says:

    yep, people still search for (and see) the lights :)

  3. Bob says:

    Love the Crossett and Gurdon Lights and have been going since I was in HS. There is a good article on Gurdon that gives the whole story posted at

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