Empirically, the Marfa lights have been seen as early as the 1880′s, by way of word of mouth, since the early 20th century, but attempts to explain them have gone from paranormal to alien to explainable, completely, as car lights.
Studies have been done and thousands have traveled to the small town of Marfa, TX, in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the mysterious lights, which have denied logic to most of the explanations. In 2004, a group studied the lights over four nights and concluded it was car lights, which it might have been during their studies, but how does that explain the lights seen before the advent of automobiles?
The lights are different things to different people, with some believing it’s paranormal in its explanation, with others still believing the lights are the result of mine gas emitted through cracks and crevices in the earth’s surface from the many abandoned mines near the Chinati Mountains.
Though plausible explanations have been offered, the truly engaged refuse to believe it’s anything but unexplained. Whatever you believe, the area of Marfa, TX, makes for a fantastic getaway and you’ll meet the nicest folks at the Marfa Lights Viewing Center, built by the city of Marfa . Also, the city of Marfa hosts the Marfa Lights Festival every Labor Day weekend, complete with parades, food, arts and crafts and a general sense of fun.
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, the accommodations in Marfa can be somewhat pricey but nearby Alpine, TX, is more affordable and eager for visitors. (For our review of one of the hotels in Alpine, go to this page)
Have you ever been to Marfa to see the lights?
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