The Mysterious Paulding Light
Every night, strange circular lights of red, green and blue can be seen moving about. The Paulding Light is one of Michigan’s biggest mysteries and is a public spot for everyone to visit. Sometimes the lights seem to follow the power lines nearby. Since the lights were first seen, legends surround the lights. One legend states that the lights are the ghost of a railroad brakeman; others say it is the ghost of a Native American. The National Forrest Service has a sign where the lights can best be viewed. To this day, no one has been able to come up with an explanation for the lights. The light is most likely something natural, but for the time being, it gets filed under the mysteries of Michigan.
DIRECTIONS TO THE PAULDING LIGHT
Take State Highway 45 north out of Watersmeet, Michigan. About 5 miles out of Watersmeet, the road will begin a slow bend to the right. Watch for a road on the left side of 45 named ” Robbins Pond Road” which is the old state hwy 45. Turn left on Robbins Pond Road. Follow the gravel road.
ARE THE LIGHTS SPIRIT MANITOU’S?
Steve from Truth or Legend describes his visit to the Paulding light
I’ve been there, it is very cool and very strange! I heard some really neat Native American and shadow people tales while I was up there in regards to what might cause the light to appear. The light comes and goes all night long. It bounces around or sometimes stays in one spot. Everytime it pops out it does something totally different. At one point, it actually flew from the side of the trees to the center point where it just kind of pulsated. On close viewing of video tape I took of the light, it actually spins around with some sort of outer rim that kind of glows while the middle spins and flashes with blue red a green lights. The light is amazing and there is something rather spooky about it.
We went there two nights in a row in the dead of winter. There were no lights coming from any nearby buildings whatsoever. The second night it got really scary so we left within an hour. I was convinced there were bears ready to pounce on us from in the woods…lol. There was an Indian family that walked down toward the light (middle of winter mind you) to give some sort of offering. They say that if you approach the light, it may choose not to come out again that evening. The Indians say it’s a type of manitou!
Manitou is a term used to designate the spirits among many Algonquian groups. It refers to the concept of one aspect of the interconnection and balance of nature/life, similar to the East Asian concept of qi; in simpler terms it can refer to a spirit. This spirit is seen as a (contactable) person as well as a concept.