Hornersville, Missouri: Spook LightA mysterious orb supposedly haunts this dark, dirt, farm road at night.
- CR 602, Hornersville, MO
- From the town of Senath drive south one mile on US Hwy 412. Turn left (south) onto Hwy C. Drive two miles, then continue straight one more mile on unpaved County Rd 643. Turn left onto County Rd 602. The Spook Light is usually seen along this stretch of County Rd 602. It's also been reported just a little further south on County Rd 643, next to the Lulu Cemetery.
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Visitor Tips and News About Spook Light
The spook light around here is usually known as the Arbyrd Light or Senath Light. Some call it a ghost light and others a spook light. It is occasionally called the Hornersville light.
It appears between these three towns, down an unpaved road that use to have trees hanging over it (The trees have been cut down by a farmer so he could have a little more land). Alternately, people have seen it beside the Lulu Cemetery, close to Cry Baby Bridge. It is very spooky sitting out on the gravel road with a cemetery nearby, waiting for the light to appear. I have seen it on one occasion along with some friends. It appeared off in the distance and seemed to be right in front of us in just a few seconds. We didn't stick around long; our friend took off real fast because he'd heard stories of it getting under your vehicle and making it not start.[Aunt Betty, 06/22/2016]
Sorry to report but the tree line that helped ya focus and see the spook light was cut down for irrigation rigs this past summer. But Cry Baby Bridge, Bone Graveyard, Major Ray, and Monkey Man Road are still around.
If you want a very freaky chill, go to Cry Baby Bridge and say the Lord's Prayer backwards. The legend says if you do, halfway through you'll start to hear a baby crying, then the ghost of the mother appears at the end of the bridge and walks toward you, asking for help to find the child. Then the bridge collapses and falls in the river and takes you down with it forever.[cameron henry, 11/12/2008]
The light could be seen, but only if everyone was very quiet, and yes, I have seen the actual light on many occasions.
One night, my brothers Jim, Joe and I took our boys out. We knew they couldn't be quiet long enough to see the real thing, so we planned an alternate experience. I snuck out ahead with a sheet and flashlight, positioned myself on the other side of the fence, and waited. My brothers drove up and parked by the Hanging Tree.
After a while, they got out and walked down the road, the kids followed trying to stay close to the adults. Every so often, I'd turn on the flash under the sheet.
"Did you see that!?" they'd whisper to each other, and walk even closer to my brothers. I flashed a few times, then walked out in the middle of the road. My brothers started running and went on past me but I flashed the light when the kids came running after them. They screamed, scattering into the cotton fields, and my boy just dropped to his knees in the middle of the room and started praying "Please Lord, I'll be good, please save me!" That was it. The jig was up because I couldn't stop laughing. They all remember that night to this very day.[John Bishop, 10/29/2007]
Ritual Spook Light Abuse is a serious felony in 0 states.
I grew up in Steele, Missouri and we all heard about the spook light, so one late one dark night my friend Jim Jones and two sisters from Cooter, Pam and Patty Edwards went there. We sat under the so called Hanging Tree and waited and waited and waited and we never did see a light, but we still had a nice time just sitting there, listening to WHBQ from Memphis and just enjoying the company of each other. Ah, such is life as a 17 years old![Jerry Craig, 12/20/2006]
I grew up in Steele, Missouri and when I got my drivers license back in 1975, the first thing I wanted to do was investigate the Hornersville Light. I had heard about this light most of my life at the time and had to go see for myself. Folk tales of the light told of how it was evasive and would also disable your car if it settled on the hood. We were skeptical but curious. Four of us braved the darkness and drove to the site where it was supposed to be. This is a rural area and after dark it is VERY dark with not a streetlight or house light within miles of the dirt "turn row" crop road we were on. After sitting in the dark inside my car for about 15 minutes the light suddenly appeared directly ahead of us approximately 1000 feet away. It was soft and low at first, like a pinprick of light and gradually grew to a large orb of bright white-blue intensity... but it was still the same distance away. We bravely got out of the car and started walking toward it. It stayed bright but no matter how much we walked, it kept moving away.[Greg Williams, 10/27/2002]