Hornet’s Spook Light has drawn the curious for decades | Ozarks Alive
SPOOKSVILLE – Down a quiet, country road near Joplin lives a legend. Instead of a person, however, the road leads to a story; a tale often referred to as the Hornet Spook Light. Though it’s not there every night, the blazing ball has accented the night sky — seemingly out of nowhere — for decades, uniting generations in puzzled curiosity.
“Sometimes it looks like a lantern far in the distance, carried by someone slowly walking. At other times it appears to be a ball of fire hurtling at the viewer with incredible speed — only to stop, skip around near treetop level, then zoom back into the distance. Occasionally, so I was told, it settles on the hood of your car, or dances off a little into the woods or disappears, then reappears behind you,” wrote Robert Gannon for Popular Mechanics in September 1965.
Gannon is only one of an untold number of people who have come to see the spook light. Perplexed and drawn by its mystique, such visitors have created a story far longer than the tree-guarded, gravel road where it began…