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Urban Legends About Abilene

Lady Of Fort Phantom
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The Abilene area is not without its share of scary ghost stories or urban legends. I doubt that you can find an Abilenian that hasn’t heard about the ’Lady Ghost Of Fort Phantom’ or the mystery surrounding the ‘Anson Lights’. Here are a few more Lone Star State ghost stories.

The Lady Ghost of Ft. Phantom


This ghost story began in the mid 1940's when Mona Bell agreed to meet her boyfriend who had just returned from the war.

They were to meet at Lake Fort Phantom where he would flash his headlights three times. As she went to hug him, he flew into a rage and strangled her. His best friend had (jokingly) told him that he kept Mona company while he was away.

Realizing what he'd done, he tossed her lifeless body into the lake. Witnesses claimed Mona was not dead because she screamed and then her screams turned to gurgles as she drowned.

'The Lady Ghost' makes herself known today, by causing your headlights flicker when you drive by the lake. She also surrounds your car with a dense fog. Those that have witnessed it, say it's a hair raising experience.


The Anson Lights


As the legend goes, one night during the Depression, a young mother searches frantically along a dirt road looking for her missing toddler that wandered away. Slipping on the icy ruts as she stumbled through the darkness with her lantern searching for her son.

She succumbed to the elements and died searching for him. Her body was later discovered and It was presumed the toddler froze to death too, although his remains were never found.

The mother's spirit still lives on around here, searching for her child, holding her lantern high to light the way. Thus the 'Anson Lights'

This story gained validity when Unsolved Mysteries reported on it a few years back. The reporters saw the lights near the Mount Hope cemetery just outside of town. As they drove closer to the lights, they instantly disappeared.


Ghostly Children at the Railroad Tracks


As the urban legend goes, there was a terrible accident next to the railroad tracks near San Antonio. A school-bus was hit killing several children.

It's said that if you stop your vehicle near the tracks, you will feel your car being pushed up a small incline. Supposedly by the ghosts of the school children that perished.

People claim to have sprinkled baby powder over the bumpers of their cars, only to find small hand prints in the powder. It's the ghostly children trying to help stalled motorists across the railroad tracks.


Hangman's Bridge in Anson is Haunted by Hanged Victim


As this urban legend goes, authorities once hung an innocent man off the Bitter Creek Bridge. So it's the victims spirit that roams the bridge looking to exact his revenge on the Sheriff and his Deputies.

Strange has the location of the old 'Bitter Creek Bridge' near CR-455 and CR-447. The bridge is all metal and makes lots of noise when driven over. Locals say wind can be heard blowing on one side of the bridge, while the other side is calm.

I contacted Sheriff Larry Moore and he said "the old all steel bridge was torn down and replaced with a new steel and concrete bridge many years ago." Maybe that's why this once popular urban legend has died down. No word if Sheriff Moore has ever been on the Bitter Creek Bridge late at night by himself.

Photo courtesy of FBI/Newsmakers - Getty Images
Photo courtesy of FBI/Newsmakers - Getty Images

The Old Weather Bureau on North First


The old Weather Bureau building on North First Street is said to be haunted. As the story goes, the first Bureau Chief was working one stormy West Texas night.

The Chief needed to check something in the basement so he ran to the stairs and before he took his second step, he fell down the stairs and broke his neck. He was discovered the next morning by his staff.

His ghost is said to have stayed in the building, surprising and supervising those who work there today.

The Old Weather Bureau is a Landmark Now
photo by: Rudy F.

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