Ep. 38: The Brown Mountain Lights


Today your hosts uncover the truth about one of North Carolina’s most enduring mysteries: The Brown Mountain Lights.

Floating multi-colored orbs or flashes of light have been witnessed around Brown Mountain for decades. Some say it’s the lanterns of Native American ghost women searching for their murdered husbands. Others claim it’s a hot-spot for UFO activity, possibly due to the secret underground facility housed beneath the mountain. Still others think the phenomenon can be attributed to interdimensional Bigfeet.

But don’t worry, your insightful hosts get to the bottom of it all in this episode.

Special Thanks to Marie for providing us with an excellent bibliography.


Brown Mountain Lights via Wikipedia

Brown Mountain Lights via brownmountainlights.com.

Theories about the Lights” by Dr. Sten Odenwald. http://www.astronomycafe.net. 2001.

Brown Mountain Lights” by Wcnc Newsroom. http://www.youtube.com. Originally posted 31 October 2008.

No Explanation: Burke County’s Mysterious Light Still Baffles Investigators (Special to The Observer)” by (no byline). The Charlotte Observer. 24 September 1913. (Curated by the North Carolina Room staff of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.)

Origin of the Brown Mountain Light in North Carolina” by George Rogers Mansfield. Geological Survey Circular 646. Republished 1971.

In Search of the Brown Mountain Lights” by Liegh Ann Henion. http://www.ourstate.com. 28 May 2014.

Brown Mountain Lights” via WesterNCAttractions.com.

The Brown Mountain Lights” via http://www.northcarolinaghosts.com

Similar Phenomena 

Will-o’-the-wisp ,Fata Morgana (mirage) , Ball Lightning , Min Min light , and Marfa Lights via Wikipedia

Ghosts, Aliens, Bigfeet, etc.

Witness Testimonies: 2008-2010” via skyshipsovercashiers.com. Last updated 7 January 2015.

Ufos, Bigfoot, and The Brown Mountain Lights” by Graham Averill. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine (Jan 2013). http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com. Posted to website on 28 December 2012.

Skeptical Treatments

The Brown Mountain Lights: Solved! (Again!)” by Joe Nickell. Skeptical Inquirer Volume 40.1. http://www.csicop.org. Jan/Feb. 2016.

Chasing the Min Min Light” by Brian Dunning. Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena. http://www.skeptoid.com. Skeptoid Podcast #133. 23 December 2008.

The Brown Mountain Lights” by Brian Dunning. Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena. http://www.skeptoid.com. Skeptoid Podcast #226. 5 October 2010.

Additional Resources:


The North Carolina Miscellany” edited by Richard Walser. UNC Press Books. 1 January 2012. (Originally published in 1962.) pp. 30-32.

Ghosts of the Carolinas” by Nancy Roberts. University of South Carolina Press. 1 August 1988.

Music used in this podcast:

Railroad’s Whiskey Co (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0
Pharaoh 2011 (Yair Yona) / CC BY 4.0

Danger – [Dark Ambient] by myuu


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