Cogdell Light

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The Cogdell Light appears near the Okefenokee swamp late at night. Drivers go into the woods and turn off the car, then flash their headlights to call the “ghost.” Then, a greenish-yellow glow seems to come out of the woods and head straight for the car. Some say this is the ghost of a man who was decapitated in a train accident, carrying a lantern and looking for his head. Others say it is the lantern carried by the ghosts of two lovers who sneaked away together after they were forbidden to meet, and were shot by one of their fathers who mistook them for robbers.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Cogdell, GA
United States

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GPS:
31.1649301, -82.71791919999998
County:
Clinch County, Georgia
Nearest Towns:
Argyle, GA (7.5 mi.)
Homerville, GA (9.0 mi.)
Pearson, GA (12.1 mi.)
Talmo, GA (13.5 mi.)
Du Pont, GA (15.2 mi.)
Deenwood, GA (20.0 mi.)
Waycross, GA (21.8 mi.)
Sunnyside, GA (22.8 mi.)
Lakeland, GA (22.8 mi.)
Willacoochee, GA (22.9 mi.)

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  1. I an a friend were on the way back from Gainesville an their was a bright blue like spaceship thing following us down the road I swear I was trying to get to Lakeland I had my son Payton lazaro with us it was in the middle of no where then their was a ill trailer down the road on the left have not went back…,.,sasha……

  2. This is most likely swamp gases, when I was young my Uncle took me and some of my friends to see the “spook light” as it is called by the locals. He parked his truck, with all of us kids in the back, beside a railroad track near Cogdell and blinked his lights. To our amazement a blue-green light appeared on the horizon and came closer to us along the tracks. It disappeared before reaching us and made no noise. My father and some of his friends had a similar experience when they were younger and he said it’s just swamp gases.

  3. I assure you, it’s not swamp gas. When I was a teenager, several of my friends and went to Cogdell one night to ‘see the light’. We followed the old rail bed which had been turned into a dirt road a good distance into the swamp, found the two old bridges where the light was said to be, turned around and parked between the old bridges. And waited, and waited, and waited. After about 20 minutes, one of my friends said ‘screw this, I’m going to walk up the road a ways’ so we all piled out and up the road we go. Keep in mind that’s it’s pitch black in the swamp and we are stumbling up the road when a tiny pinpoint of light appears about a hundred feet in front of us. We stopped dead. The light slowly began to get larger and move toward us. We ran for the car, piled in and watched as the light got as big as a house and started rolling toward the car changing colors as it came. As my buddy was trying frantically to start the car, it reached the front bumper then suddenly flashed bright enough to blind everybody. It was like 500 flashbulbs had gone off at once. It then disappeared. We couldn’t get back to the hard road fast enough. Scared the absolute hell out of 6 teenage boys, I can tell you that.

    • Martha Spivey Meece  |  

      Harry..About the same story for us..Me and 3 other teenage friend went to see the light..We flashed the lights and waited..Finally gave up and us girls had to tinkle,,we went to the front of the car,,and there it was..Started as a pin point light and grew bigger as it approached us..We too couldn’t get to the paved road fast enough..That for me was 46 years ago and I will NEVER forget how scared we were! IT IS REAL!!

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