Monon Ghost Stories
October 4, 2003 the Monon Railroad Historical- Technical Society conducted a bus tour of the Chicago and Wabash Valley Railroad, otherwise known as the "Onion Line". The line became a part of the Monon Railroad after its founder Benjamin Gifford died in 1913. The branch was in operation until 1935 when it was abandoned. One of the former locations we visited on the original Chicago and Wabash Valley was a place called Moody. Listed on the official timetable of the railroad, the town was founded in 1893 by Granville Moody. Today Moody is a spot on the map. It has vanished like the Chicago and Wabash Valley Railroad. After completion of the tour, for which I served as tourguide, I was asked what I knew about the "Moody Lights."
Moody was founded in 1893 and was named for its founder Grandville Moody. The post office was started in 1842 at Plesant Grove (Randle) The name officially was changed to Moody in 1914 and the post office closed in 1923. No railroad owned station building was indicated. Downtown Moody. This is looking north from County Road 150S at where the old right of way once ran. Location is just west of County Road 150E. There is an electrical substation at the intersection, which is known as the Moody Sub Station. Here is what I have uncovered on The Moody Lights
The Moody Lights
I must admit that I knew absolutely nothing about what the people were talking about. Ghost stories and haunting legends have always interested me, so I decided to do some homework on the internet. Here is a capsule summary of what I have found.
From the website Shadowlands.Net I came up with the following: "Francesville - "The Light" - near Moody Lane - the story is back in the horse and buggy days, two brothers were out for a ride. One brother fell off and the wheel decapitated him. The light is the lantern of the other brother looking for the head. The brother is with his lantern passing one row at a time in the corn. If you go when the corn is down, you will see a light come towards you. if the corn is up (the best time to go) you see the orange/red glow from the lantern at the end of a row. it will move through the row of corn and you can see the light above the corn. It's slowly moves to the end of the row and back to the start of the row. Then it will move up one more rows. You can watch the light come closer and closer one row at a time."
Also, this: "Francesville - Moody Lane - A man named Moody roams the countryside and if you go to Moody Lane and wait where the trees branches are suppose to hang over the road you will see a strange light come toward you. Also there is a graveyard near Moody Lane where a man and a woman were killed on opposite sides of the road. And at midnight you supposedly can see the woman crossing the road to see her man." We passed right by the graveyard on the bus tour. And finally this: "Hebron - Moody's Road - If you go to Moody's road at night, flash your brights 3 times a light will appear and if you shut off your car it will not restart." I found no Moody Road in Hebron, so I must presume they are speaking of the same Moody Road, as above.
Another site I visited was The Force . From their site I found this information: "The Story: The story is back in the horse and buggy days, two brothers were out for a ride. One brother fell off and the wheel decapitated him. The light is the lantern of the other brother looking for the head. The brother is with his lantern passing one row at a time in the corn. If you go when the corn is down, you will see a light come towards you. If the corn is up (the best time to go) you see the orange/red glow from the lantern at the end of a row. It will move through the row of corn and you can see the light above the corn. It's slowly moves to the end of the row and back to the start of the row. Then it will move up one more rows. You can watch the light come closer and closer one row at a time. What you are supposed to do is drive down the lane, turn around and drive back down it, turn your car around, park it and flash your lights three times and then shut them off. Then you will see the light cross the road."
This site also gives directions. "The easiest way to go there is to go South on Highway 49. Go until Highway 49 ends, it will be about 25 miles (from Valparaiso) or so depending where you get on. Once Highway 49 ends you will be at a stop sign turn west (right) onto Highway 14 and go for a mile. You will come to 100 W, turn south (left) on 100 W. Go for a mile until you come to Division Rd. Turn East (left) on Division Rd.. Go for a mile and you will come across Meridian Rd. If you look at Mapquest or any other type of internet map they show Meridian at a four way intersection. That's just an error because it's really only a three way intersection. Anyway that's the intersection your looking for. For those on the tour, we turned north at this very intersection.
They also provided an account of a visit: "We visited Moody Road on April 11, 2003. It was 50 degrees outside with clear skies and quite breezy. We really had know idea what this light was going to look like. We had never seen a picture of it and the stories that we had heard is that it chases you and it moves from side to side. So we started off at the intersection of Meridian and Division facing South. We flashed our lights three times and drove the 1.5 miles down to the end of Meridian. We turned around and found this tree stump (it was hard to find, especially at night, it's right past the tree that is still there on the same side). We parked at the tree stump and flashed our lights three times again. Then we looked North and we saw this orangish light. It looked like a street light. And we thought it could be except it would go away and then come back every so often. The light would go from orange to red and from big to small. It never got any closer or any farther away from where it was at. Thinking ahead and being smart (like always) we brought a pair of binoculars to get a closer view of the light. When we looked though the binoculars we could see three different lights. Then it would be four, then sometimes it would be two or one and then sometimes nothing. When we didn't use the binoculars the three or four lights look like one single light, just brighter. People have said that the light is just lights from the cars going down Highway 49 (since Highway 49 is a about two miles almost directly north of Meridian Road) and some have even said it's swamp gas. We drove down to the end of Meridian so we could get the best look at the light. It still seemed to be pretty far away. Since that was as far as the road went we got the best picture we could of the light. We still have know idea what causes this light. We are pretty sure that it isn't a ghost, but other than that we really have know idea. We might have to go back there and find out the real cause of the light." Call me kooky, but this thing sound interesting. Personally I have driven through this location 9 seperate times, all during daylight. After reading about the Moody Lights, I may have to make one more trip back, after dark.
The Moody Light. (Click on picture to enlarge) Special thanks to T-Bone and the gang at The Force for allowing me to use their material and image.
Since the 2003 Convention, I have spoken with several people who admit they have seen the light. Personally, I have made two trips to the location and have not seen anything......Boo!
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