If you like bigfoot, ghosts, UFO's, and anything else weird, you might want to check this book out. "Mysterious Oklahoma" written by author David Farris, is packed full of all kinds of cool, strange, and creepy stories from Oklahoma.
Farris does a good job at taking readers down the mid-20th century history of UFO sightings in Oklahoma and in a subsequent chapter reminds us of a UFO flap over Ottawa County in northeastern Oklahoma.The flap lasted less than a week.
The strange lights in and around Miami were “seen by hundreds of witnesses,” writes Farris.
Interestingly, Ottawa County is on the Missouri border and that area, along the border, is home to the well-known “Spook Light,” which I investigated and observed in March 1995, the same year Farris’s book was released. I have more recently written about the oddities along this border area, which is on the 94-degrees west longitude, noting the strange things surrounding railroad-building visionary Arthur Edward Stilwell and why he chose to build his railroad where he did. (Stilwell, Oklahoma is named after him).
And there is a chapter on “Spook Lights,” interestingly enough. And there is also coverage of the crop circle phenomena, which hit big in the early 1990's. And Oklahoma's "wavin' wheat" was not spared of paranormal activity, as Farris notes, with crop circles appearing in June 1991 in Oklahoma, with reports coming from Edmond, Fargo and Norman, and with coverage by an intrepid reporter at the Oklahoma Gazette. Strange electromagnetic energy was noted. And Farris doesn't stop there, pursuing info on cattle mutilations (1992 was a big year for that in Oklahoma), alien abductions, mysterious "big cats," and of course Bigfoot.
On the topic of Bigfoot, Farris notes the work of my cryptozoological friend Loren Coleman (he writes at Twilight Language) and his investigations into Bigfoot. And Oklahoma has had its fair share of sightings over the years, particularly in the southeastern portion of the state.
This is a great book, particularly for folks otherwise unfamiliar with the cornucopia of high weirdness that the Sooner State has experienced over the decades. Perhaps Farris will consider an updated version, since a lot of strange things have happened in the state since 1995.
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