Woodson Lateral Road Ghost Lights

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Local legend has it that mysterious ghost lights appear at night and follow cars along Woodson Lateral Road.

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    Woodson Lateral Road
    Woodson, AR
    United States

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    34.5377873, -92.21739379999997
    Pulaski County, Arkansas
    Nearest Towns:
    Woodson, AR (0.7 mi.)
    Hensley, AR (2.3 mi.)
    Wrightsville, AR (4.5 mi.)
    Redfield, AR (6.7 mi.)
    East End, AR (7.1 mi.)
    Landmark, AR (7.7 mi.)
    Sweet Home, AR (10.4 mi.)
    Shannon Hills, AR (11.6 mi.)
    College Station, AR (11.8 mi.)
    Keo, AR (12.7 mi.)


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    1. In 1974 a car load of us teenagers went down the Woodson Lateral road one night to see what every one was talking about. At that time there was not many houses. We seen a ball of fire coming at us, as it got closer it got bigger and bigger. It scared us so bad that even the guys were screaming. It went over the car and then disappeared. They said that scientist came down and checked it out, but couldn’t figure it out.We were stunned and very scarred, then we got the heck out of there. It didn’t happen every time, but every teenager around checked it out.

    2. I have told this story maybe 4 times since it happened, sometime between 1977-1980. I am not full of shit and I’ve never bragged or lied, or even stretched the truth about what happened and I swear on my life that this is true. As a sophomore at Little Rock Central High, I heard about this “urban legend”. I drove myself, a girlfriend, and two other couples the short distance to Woodson Lateral Road. At this time, there was nothing built along this road. Nothing at all. They say that today there is a subdivision and other places built there. But, at the time I speak of, this longest, straightest road in the county, was dark and uninhibited. The road was immediately off the interstate exit. We arrived and slowly headed down the road. One of the girls said that we were supposed to turn off the headlights and only leave the parking lights on while we drove about 5 mph. A few hundred yards into this, we saw a faint, single light, maybe a half to a mile down the road. The girls grabbed hold of the guys. We all thought it was funny. I thought about it and went back with a buddy, several times. Each time we saw the light. We then heard from others that there was a place in the woods where some kids had a satanic club of some kind. I never saw any evidence of this. Nor did I ever see any female hitchhiker standing in the road.
      On about our 3rd or 4th trip to WLR, we, as always, saw “the light” But, this time, the light started out as always, like a single headlight way down the road, then, the light started to slowly get brighter and brighter until it was as almost too bright to look at. Then, it was completely gone. I turned on my headlights and stepped on the gas trying to see where it may have come from but we saw nothing. I swear to God I’m getting chills as I write this. We went back again, and again, only saw the light. From the beginning, we had heard the legend of a motorcyclist that had crashed and died on the road and supposedly, that is where the light came from. I never believed that. The FINAL time we went out there at night was the one that really fucked me and my buddy up. This time, it was pouring down rain, as heavy as you can imagine. We took the exit to Woodson Lateral like we always did. Again, Woodson Lateral begins only, maybe 20 yards, off of an interstate freeway. At the very beginning of WLR, in the pouring rain, there was a man, just standing, not trying to walk to the freeway for help, but just STANDING in a downpour. I was driving my dad’s pickup truck and I pulled up next to this guy, on my side of the truck, rolled down my window, and asked him if he needed help. He didn’t say anything so I asked him one more time if he needed help, he just stood there as if wasn’t even there and didn’t say a word, he didn’t even fucking move. His stare scared the shit out of me AND my buddy. With no regard for the soaked pavement, I floored it and drove as fast as that truck would go. No, there was no leather jacket, no ghostly girlfriend, but he was dressed in a denim jacket with one of those wallets chained to his pocket and chains on his jacket, and those fucking leather chaps. I NEVER went back to this place in the dark again. Not even 40 years later. Even the thought of that night freaks me out and I am very serious when I say that I have only shared this story 4 times in 40 years. The only reason I’m sharing it now is because it came to mind and I Googled it and saw this page. I thought it would be easy to tell it after all these years but it wasn’t. It still send chills all over my body when I mention certain parts. I hear that kids, teenagers and frat kids still drive out there but, like I said, it’s all built up now. It will never be the same as it was in the 70s. I’m saving what I just wrote because I’m 53 years old and I will NEVER write of this again. I don’t give a damn if anyone believes it or not. I saw it and I lived it and I will never forget that blank face.

      • Is there a way I can reach you, Ken? We are doing a series on ghost stories on THV 11, and I’m interested in talking to you! Dawn Scott

    3. Fredrick Lovette  |  

      My cousins and I went to WOODSON LATTERAL several times. Little Rock was kinda dull then so we would do the ROCKY HORRO PICTURE SHOW then cruise to Woodson Lateral after. We saw both the ghostly head light and tail lights on several occasions. The legendary BALL OF FIRE TOO! That shot out across the road in front of us on three different occasions! SOMETHING was there but I can’t swear as to what it was… Congo Phredd( Lovette)…

    4. I live in Woodson there are no GHOST at all my grandmother has lived there for about 40-50 years and it is not haunted so get yall stories straight and I live there for about 11 years and I’m 12 I come down Woodson Lateral every day from school and going to school on the bus and I have a woods behind my house and Woodson is very pretty and I pass there through sunny days and I never see anything and about the lady on the bridge this stuff is not true yall grown ups and I’m in Middle School and yall scared Boii I’m on yo top how yall scared and I’m not I just do not get it yall believe this stuff half the people never been to Woodson oh my gosh yall need to grown up and see for yall self cause it is never fireballs down there or ghost lights yall trippin’ yall just doing this to get notice oml yall need to grown up like…. go see for yall own selves like…

    5. I’ve seen the light several times. There is an optical illusion where the traffic on the highway going to Sheridan is visible from the area where we stopped to look. However, there is something different when the light actually appears.
      One night, I went with some friends in a buddy’s truck. Wives and girlfriends rode up front with the driver and 6 of us guys rode in the back. Ten people total. The driver started slowly toward the area where the light was supposed to come out and it appeared in the cab of the truck. It went between 2 girls in the seat, through the back glass and right between us guys in the back. It turned red as it was going past the tailgate and it took off toward I530 at a very rapid rate. That was around 1985.
      Around that same time, my girlfriend and another couple were chased out of there by a Lincoln Continental that came from the gated drive on the left. We headed toward Pine Bluff and the car stayed on our bumper no matter the speed I drove which exceeded 100MPH at times and it would not pass when I slowed to 45MPH. The car slowed and hooked a U turn at the red light at Bryant street in Dollarway and took off back the way it came.

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