Urban Legends About Abilene – Our Top Five [VIDEO]
Abilene and/or West Texas is not without its share of scary (whether true or not) ghost stories and urban legends. Only a few are very popular. The most heard of story is the Lady Ghost Of Fort Phantom. I seriously doubt that you can find anyone that hasn’t heard about the Lady Ghost or even the mystery surrounding the “Anson Lights”.
The Lady Ghost Of Ft. Phantom
The Lady Ghost of Fort Phantom was originally known as “The Lady In The Lake” when the ghost story began in the mid 1940′s. She was to meet her boyfriend who had just returned from the war. The meeting place to be, was Lake Fort Phantom, a popular meeting place for many love starved young people in the 1940′s. She, Mona Bell, would know where to find her young soldier because he promised to flash the headlights on his car three times. The meeting went as planned, but she got there and went to embrace him and he flew into a rage because one of his best friends told him (jokingly) that he kept his girl company while he was away at war. The story goes, he wrapped his hands around her neck and he strangled her and then realizing what he had done threw her lifeless body in the lake. Some of the witnesses of the day claimed that Mona was not dead when he threw her in Fort Phantom Lake at the dam. They say she screamed and then the screams faded into gurgles where she finally drowned.
Today it is said that “The Lady Of The Lake” likes to make your headlights flicker off and on while you’re driving, and she also surrounds your car with a dense fog that is only on your car. Those that have seen her say it’s a very hair raising experience. For the record, and to clarify some misconceptions, the reason that the fort got it’s name “Phantom” was not because of the “Lady” ghost. It was officially called the “Post on Clear Fork of the Brazos”. Its everyday name became “Phantom Hill” either from prevalent mirages or the sighting of ghostly Indian silhouette in the moonlight. Thus called Fort Phantom Hill.
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