Sources for History of the Marfa Lights


[1]     Robert Wagers and Judy Wagers, "Larger Than Life," in Mysteries of the Marfa Lights Revealed (Richardson, TX: R&J Books Unique, 2013), 141-144.

[2]     Cecilia Thompson, History of Marfa and Presidio County, Texas 1535–1946, Volume 1, 1535–1900 (Marfa, TX: The Presidio County Historical Commission, 1985), 194.

[3]     “Ghost Lights,” Unsolved Mysteries (Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, Inc., 1989), in Ghosts, Unsolved Mysteries, Volume 1. DVD (Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, Inc., 2004).

[4]     Michael Hall, “The Truth is Out There,” Texas Monthly, June 2006, 258.

[5]     O.W Williams, Alsate –– The Last of the Chisos Apaches (Pamphlet) ([n.p., n.d.]), 1-8. (Southern Methodist University's DeGolyer Library in Dallas, TX, has this pamphlet among its holdings.  According to Elton Miles, Tales of the Big Bend [Ref. 11, pp. 45; 170], the pamphlet was privately published in Fort Stockton, TX; no date.)

[6]    Judge O.W. Williams, “Alsate The last of the Chisos Apaches”, Frontier Times, February 1944, Vol. 21, No. 5, 185-189.

[7]      Hallie Stillwell, “The Ghost Lights of the Big Bend,” in My Goose is Cooked, assembled by Betty Heath (Alpine, TX: Center for Big Bend Studies, 2004), 84–86.

[8]   Deric Bownds, “Marfa Stories told by Ruth Bownds Kershner”, January 8, 1999. (Compiled by Susan Kershner Mundine, November 2001). Available from: Deric Bownds:

[9]   Robert Wagers and Judy Wagers, Mysteries of the Marfa Lights Revealed (Richardson, TX: R&J Books Unique, 2013).

[10]  “Ghost Light Appears in Marfa Area,” San Angelo Standard–Times, Friday, February 9, 1945, p. 13, Col. 5.

[11]  Elton Miles, "The Marfa Lights," in Tales of the Big Bend (College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1976), 154.

[12]  Kirby F. Warnock, “Ghost Lights,” Big Bend Quarterly, July 1988.  Available from:

[13]  Paul Moran, “The Mystery of the Texas Ghost Light”, Coronet, July 1957, 57.

[14]  Elton Miles, [Ref-11], pp. 149-167.

[15] Judith M. Brueske, The Marfa Lights – Being a collection of first-hand accounts by people who have seen the lights close-up or in unusual circumstances, and related material, revised ed.  (Alpine, TX: Ocotillo Enterprises, 1989).

[16] James Bunnell, Night Orbs (Cedar Creek, TX: Lacey Publishing Co., 2003).

[17] James Bunnell, Hunting Marfa Lights (Benbrook, TX: Lacey Publishing Co., 2009).

[18] James Bunnell, Marfa Lights, DVD. Video presentation by James Bunnell. (Cedar Creek, TX: Lacey Publishing Company, 2005).

[19] Karl Stephan, Sagar Ghimire, William Stapleton, and James Bunnell, “Spectroscopy applied to observations of terrestrial light sources of uncertain origin,” American Journal of Physics, vol. 77, no. 8 (2009 Aug): 698-703.

[20] Bunnell, Hunting Marfa Lights, p. 188.

[21] Society of Physics Students, “An Experimental Analysis of the Marfa Lights,” December 10, 2005, University of Texas at Dallas.

[22]  Robert Wagers and Judy Wagers, [Ref-9], p. 10.

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