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The Mystery of the Brown Mountain Lights

The Mystery of the Brown Mountain Lights

On a cold, clear night in October, visitors to Wiseman’s View Overlook, north of Linville Falls in Burke County, North Carolina can see mysterious, ghostly lights rise above Brown Mountain, change colors and disappear from view. An old Cherokee legend says that the lights are the spirits of Indian maidens searching for their lost loves fallen in battle with the Catawba tribe in the year 1200. Science claims that the lights are refracted from the electric lights of nearby towns. Which is it?

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