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My dad told me about seeing the light in Crossett when he was a boy. He was born there. In the fall of 1960, I took a trip with four other college guys and we all saw it. It was 3 a.m. The light was over the railroad track and I walked toward it. It would only let me get within about sixty feet of it. Suddenly, it dropped to the track, increased in size, and glowed brighter. About a minute later, it lifted off the track, returning to original size and brightness. I continued to try to get close, but it would not let me. Finally it moved off erratically into the trees and just vanished. It was the thrill of a lifetime to see what my dad had seen.


John E. Whitton Jr.
Garfield, AR