It follows the route used by Civil War soldiers. The battle took place in the southeastern quadrant of Bear Creek Park.
According to folklore, those soldiers’ ghosts still march along Patterson Road at night. If you stop on the road, they’ll tap on your car.
This area was once a farming community of German immigrants and their descendants. Today, it is part of Addicks Reservoir and Bear Creek Pioneers Park, in Harris County, Houston.
There are two bridges on Patterson Road by Bear Creek Park. One is Langham Creek Bridge, near Eldridge Road. The other is Bear Creek Bridge, closer to Highway 6.
Bear Creek Bridge isn’t supposed to be haunted. I disagree. In daylight, it’s vastly more “eerie feeling” than the other bridge on Patterson Road.
In May 2005, using the “sparkles” camera, two of us — during an informal evening of ghost hunting — saw visible anomalies at the Bear Creek bridge and none at Langham Creek.
In the digital photo above, taken at Bear Creek Bridge, we captured part of a remarkably vivid orb in the upper left corner of the photo. It’s not a great ghost photo, but the colors were so startling, it’s worth sharing. (It can’t be a street light, but it could be a bug. We’ll take more photos in May 2006.)
Then, we paused on that bridge, testing the “tapping Civil War soldiers” legend.
With my car windows open, I heard three rapid, distinct and clear taps on the car, immediately below my outside mirror. They sounded like metal on metal, similar to my car antenna tapping my car roof when I’m driving on a very bumpy road.
It didn’t sound unearthly.
I have no explanation for the tapping, since the car window was fully open and I could see the side of the car easily. In fact, I looked out of the car right away, to see what caused the noise. I saw nothing unusual at all: No insects, no animals, and nothing brushing against the car.
It was too loud to be the car or the bridge settling. I was in the driver’s seat, so my door was towards the center of the bridge. There was no likelihood of shrubbery, vines, or branches hitting the car.
Generally, paranormal encounters are really different from anything “normal.”
In this case, it took me awhile to accept that something so loud (and apparently mundane) could have been ghostly. The taps sounded entirely real, normal, and I wanted to know who’d tapped on my car with a baton or something.
It probably took me close to five minutes to realize that there was no normal explanation for what had happened.
I did exactly what I’m telling you not to do: I stopped on a road at night. It was a delightfully spooky experience, but incredibly stupid as well.
Don’t stop on any road where there is traffic. Especially don’t stop on any road after sunset.
Since writing this, I’ve learned that there are an unusual number of car accidents in that area, and not just among ghost enthusiasts. Some people speculate that there’s “bad energy” around Bear Creek Park.
I’m not sure about that, but I can confirm that something taps on cars on Patterson Road.
Don’t try this yourself. Please, just take my word for it.
Or, park up the street. Hike to a point where you can safely observe the bridge. And then, pay attention to cars passing over it, and any anomalies you notice.