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Patterson Road in Houston, Texas may be haunted. This road borders Bear Creek Park and runs between Highway 6 and Eldridge Road. [Google Maps]
It’s a lovely location. Arrive in the afternoon and plan a picnic or barbecue in the park. Visit the zoo, read the historical markers, and get a sense of the landscape and its heritage.
Some of Bear Creek Park’s ghost stories are related to Civil War activity.
Others are from 1900, when the infamous hurricane displaced an entire community. After that, county workers literally changed the landscape to prevent future disasters.
Homes were lost. Landmarks and memorials vanished. The area was safer from future floods, but at a terrible cost.
After a heavy rainstorm, this location still floods before other areas. Always check road conditions before driving to Bear Creek Park.
Marching in the woods
Much of Bear Creek Park is overgrown with dense foliage. At night, frogs make noise too loud to ignore.
You’ll hear other sounds in the woods, too. They’re probably woodland animals, but they are very odd noises.
To some, they sound like people marching or trudging. Lots of people, and heavy steps. Soldiers…? People fleeing the hurricane that came in from Galveston?
No one knows.
That’s why, one evening in early May 2005, two of us investigated Patterson Road.
First, we visited it during the day, to check it for EMF, and so we’d be familiar with anything odd – but easily debunked – after dark.
Compass anomalies at Langham Creek bridge
Right away, we saw anomalous needle swings in excess of 30 degrees on the right side of the Langham Creek bridge as you’re facing Eldridge Road.
That’s significant. The most likely explanation was EMF, but we couldn’t find a logical source. That area is very rural.
Most of our daytime photos were normal, except at this location:
The sun was quickly setting when I took this photo with a digital camera.
There was no light to create that “misty” effect at the upper left corner of the photo. There was no fog, no rain… nothing to account for that mist.
Could it have been breath? Possibly, except that others have captured a similar white mist at that same stand of trees.
So, we have no reliable explanation.
I have no idea if any “hanging tree” legends exist at that location.
One friend – more familiar with the area – said he’d heard that kind of legend, related to a soldier who wanted to desert his military group. But he wasn’t certain of the exact location.
Langham Creek soldiers?
Langham Creek bridge has the most haunted reputation.
According to local legends, ghosts of Civil War soldiers tap on your car if you park on the bridge with your lights out.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS.
Patterson Road is busy at night with sporting events at nearby Bear Creek Park. Traffic is intermittent, and some people drive faster than they should.
In other words, it’s a dangerous place to stop your car.
But, yes… on that evening, we did pause on the bridge after dark.
At that bridge, we heard tapping noises.
All of it could be explained by the car settling and the bridge shifting slightly under the weight of the car.
So, please do NOT pause your car on Langham Creek bridge, or on any road, with your lights off.
Our next stop was Bear Creek bridge and that’s where things got weird…