[TX] Houston – Ghosts at Langham Creek Bridge (update)

At Langham Creek Bridge, Houston, TX
At Langham Creek Bridge, Houston, TX

Langham Creek Bridge is far more haunted than we’d guessed during our May 2005 investigation.

During our previous investigation, we’d noted anomalous compass swings (indicating elevated EMF) on the south side of the bridge.

We’d also taken an odd photo during the afternoon.

In May 2006, we visited Langham Creek Bridge with the Texas Paranormal group, organized by Elmo Johnson.

When we arrived, Elmo and Jill (another Texas Paranormal investigator) had already noted EMF surges in the field on the north side of Langham Creek Bridge.

In the photo above, the tiny white spot is an insect; it looks nothing like an orb. The others are ‘ghost orbs’ that show up in some photos, but not in others.

(In settings with flying insects and near water, it’s vital to take two photos in a row, as close together as possible. Insects, moisture, and anything else creating false orbs will usually show up in both photos. Also, orbs reflected from insects are usually oval or not-quite circular.)

All of the pictures in this article — and others about Patterson Road sites — have been authenticated against other photos.

Langham Creek Bridge, Houston, TX
Another orb at Langham Creek Bridge, Houston, TX

At right, another photo shows a crisp orb as well as another insect.

However, what really interests me are the more subtle orbs at the lower left side of the tree, and about halfway up, on the right side. To me, they seem to have more substance than typical orbs.

There’s clearly far more to investigate at Langham Creek Bridge. It’s a difficult spot to stop at, with minimal parking nearby.

However, especially in light of our earlier investigations at Patterson Road, it’s clear that Langham Creek is an active haunting.

That is, it’s not residual energy on a repeating loop. Instead, it can seem very haunted some days, and not very haunted on others.

[TX] Katy – Train Depot Orb, Ghosts

On Saturday evening, 25 June 2005, we returned to the old depot in Katy, Texas.

This was my only ‘ghost orb’ photo, and it’s a good example of how hard you may have to look to see orbs.

This orb is large, but it’s very difficult to see. If it wasn’t so large, I wouldn’t bother posting it at all.

Out of about 30 photos of the depot and the caboose next to it, this is the only one with an orb that seems fairly real. (Orbs in two other photos could have been reflections from light sources.)

Of course, that’s what makes a site credible. If we saw orbs in every photo, or more than half of them, investigators would have to question humidity, dust, pollen, bugs, and so on.

One credible orb isn’t enough to confirm a haunted location. That’s not the only reason I recommend this challenging location for casual research.

The energy at the depot, and consistent, independent, psychic impressions by our investigating team… that’s another story.

Our experiences at the depot suggest a few gentle spirits at the old depot, possibly residual energy from people who worked there, and those who have happy memories of traveling by rail to and from Katy.

There is something considerably stronger at the caboose.

Initially, our collective ‘gut feeling’ is that the caboose is haunted by an old railroad conductor.

  • He’s not too happy with the caboose sitting still.
  • He’s annoyed that it’s not moving, it’s not keeping its usual schedule.
  • And, he doesn’t like people getting very close to the caboose, either.

He’s not malicious, just annoyed. He keeps looking out the back window (facing away from the depot) and checking his watch.

This was our second visit to the “old town” area of Katy, and the depot.

2014 update: I’m not personally monitoring that location now, but reports continue to confirm that the site is mildly haunted.

Because it’s such a public location next to a busy street, it’s not a great research location.

However, it’s a good, fun investigation site. It’s ideal for those who can visit during the day, or just want to see if they can detect anything, psychically or with ghost hunting tools.

Houston – False Evidence at Old Greenhouse Road

Hair that looks like ectoplasm - Houston, TXOld Greenhouse Road, on the outskirts of Houston (Texas), has numerous ghost stories.  Most of them repeat tropes I’ve heard before in multiple locations.

Are they urban legends? I’m not sure.

I investigated Old Greenhouse Road, anyway.

My husband and I parked our car just off the road, near the “haunted” bridge, to take photos.

Though the road is the site for the ghost stories, I felt drawn to the little path through the shrubs, just past where we parked our car.

That’s where I took several photos.

Those who know me in real life know that I’m very skeptical of anomalous photos. As often as I can, I return to the location – in daylight and at night – to see if I can debunk whatever’s in the picture.

Debunking the Ecto Photo

Initially, I couldn’t debunk this photo. Not at Old Greenhouse Road, anyway. We visited several times and none of the pictures looked like the one on the lower right, taken in 2005.

Those two photos were taken within seconds of each other using a film camera without a flash.

Digital photos might have looked the same.

It was dusk and the sun was directly behind us, highlighting the dirt path. About 50 feet ahead of us, the trees and shrubs were very dark.

Something there… it seemed very eerie. I hoped my photos would show something unusual. (In other words, I wasn’t 100% unbiased.)

Initially, I thought this might be an “ecto” (ectoplasm) photo.

At the time, that was intriguing. I rarely see convincing ectoplasm in photos. In fact, it’s usually smoke or someone’s breath.

But then…

Later experiments revealed the most likely cause of the red-orange line across the photo.

It was probably a strand of my own hair. (It’s auburn.)

Generally, I wear a scarf or otherwise pin my hair back, so it won’t get in front of the camera lens.

In this case, I’d forgotten.

Ghost Photo Tests with Hair

Though the following pictures aren’t exact matches, I think you’ll see why I’m at least 99% sure the “ecto” at the Houston site is my hair.

Here’s one photo of my hair in front of the camera lens, highlighted by the flash.

Fiona's hair highlighted in a fake "ecto" ghost photo.

And here are a few hairs, held in front of the camera. Once again, the flash highlighted them.

Hair that looks like ghostly ectoplasm.

Since those experiments, I’ve been very careful to keep my hair pulled back – preferably under a kerchief or scarf – when I’m taking photos at haunted sites.

Meanwhile, I can’t dismiss every story at Old Greenhouse Road in Houston. Frankly, it’s a difficult location to research. Speeding cars and sharp twists in the road increase the danger of investigating in low-light conditions. I won’t put myself – or my team – at risk, especially at a site that seems to match the “urban legend” profile.

But, for those who’d hoped my photo proved something ghostly at Old Greenhouse Road, I apologize. My initial assessment was wrong, and – even if it’s not a flash photo – hair can explain translucent streaks, when the color matches the haircolor of the photographer.

ghostbat

That doesn’t debunk the streak in the Gilson Road photo. I have never found an adequate explanation for that.

There are several differences. One of the main ones: I was the photographer. My hair was not purple. And, the texture in the original photo is significantly different. (Plus that, the purple streak photo was at Gilson Road Cemetery. We couldn’t debunk the majority of our photos taken at that very haunted site.)