Patterson Road in Houston, Texas is supposed to be haunted. This road borders Bear Creek Park and runs between Highway 6 and Eldridge Road. [Google Maps]
It’s a lovely location. Arrive in the afternoon and plan a picnic or barbecue in the park. Visit the zoo, read the historical markers, and get a sense of the landscape and its heritage.
Some of Bear Creek Park’s ghost stories are related to Civil War activity. Others are from a displaced community when the floods of 1900 led to landscape changes — and safety measures — to prevent future disasters if a similar flood occurred.
After a heavy rainstorm, this location may flood before other areas do, so — if you’re planning an investigation — check road conditions before you make the drive to the Bear Creek Park area.
Much of Bear Creek Park is overgrown with dense foliage. At night, the frogs make sounds that are too loud to ignore.
You’ll hear other noises in the woods, too. They’re probably woodland animals, but they are very odd noises.
One evening in early May 2005, two of us investigated Patterson Road. We visited it in daylight first, and checked it with a compass.
We saw anomalous needle swings in excess of 30 degrees on the right side of the Langham Creek bridge as you’re facing Eldridge Road.
Daytime photos were generally normal, except for one:
The sun was quickly setting when I took this photo with a digital camera. There was no light to create that “misty” effect at the upper left corner of the photo. There was no fog, no rain… nothing to account for that mist.
Langham Creek bridge is supposedly the haunted one. According to local legends, the ghosts of Civil War soldiers tap on your car if you park on the bridge with your lights out.
Unfortunately, Patterson Road is busy at night with sporting events at nearby Bear Creek Park. We do NOT recommend parking your car on the roadway with your lights off.
We did pause on the bridge after dark and there were many tapping noises, but nothing that couldn’t be explained by the car settling and the bridge shifting slightly under the weight of the car.
However, Bear Creek bridge is a different story…