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The Paulding Light: A mystery that haunts Michigan's UP


Just across the border from Vilas county, is a mystery that haunts Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Paulding Light.

It's a strange light, that scientists have been unable to explain for decades. But what causes this phenomenon?

Our search for answers starts in the small community of Watersmeet, a few miles south of Paulding.

Local historian Don Williams says the legend of the light dates back to a train crash in the late 1800's.

"The light you see is the light from the conductor, who is watching over the scene," says Williams. "Where there was a fatality."

Williams says no one knows who saw the light first, even though the folklore dates back to the turn of the century.

"But as far as anyone can be sure of, it would be in the middle 1950's," says Williams. "A couple high school girls here first saw the light."

 "It's a ghost train," said Jeanette Zurawski. "Yes it is. See the light's getting brighter. It's coming."

But the Paulding Light has also drawn plenty of skeptics. The most popular theory is the light is actually from headlights on a road several miles away.

But Williams says that's impossible.

"The light's there when there aren't cars," says Williams. "It's simply not car headlights, it's not."

But if not that -- then what? There are plenty of questions, but few answers to this real-life mystery - The Paulding Light.

A lot of people have tried to solve the mystery of the Paulding Light, including some national TV shows. But the mystery continues.

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