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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    Address:
    Woodson Lateral Road
    Woodson, AR
    United States

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    GPS:
    34.5377873, -92.21739379999997
    County:
    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.

    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)…

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