The Ghost Kids of El Paso’s Gravity Hill: Haunted Road or Urban Legend?
The "haunted" road on El Paso’s west side has been part of the Sun City’s folklore for decades.
Supposedly, allegedly a section of the street is haunted by the ghosts of a mother and her small children tragically killed once upon a time, and whose sole reason for not crossing over is to help motorists avoid the same fate.
Another version is that the horrific wreck was that of a school bus and the spirits pushing vehicles are those of the dead children, but their intent isn’t as benevolent.
These spirits don’t push the cars to safety, their intention is to push the passengers to their death.
Whether it’s the first or second version recounted, or a different one altogether, they all end the same way: to experience the paranormal pushers yourself make your way to Thunderbird Drive and put your car in neutral pointing towards Mesa between Twin Hills and Singing Hills.
You will soon feel your vehicle moving, pushed along they say by those long-gone souls. Sounds both thrilling and terrifying. Except it’s not true.
Gravity Hill Bunk Debunked
Some years ago one of the local news stations looked into it and found there were no ghostly goings-on going on.
Oh, you’ll feel the car slowly moving backwards uphill, but it’s science not spooks.
I remember they spoke to a UTEP physics professor who said that particular stretch of road has an imperceptible slope, and because the mountain blocks the horizon, people’s perception is that they’re moving backwards when the car is actually going downhill.
In other words, it's an illusion.
But What About the Hand Prints?
The legend also goes that if you cover the back of your car with baby powder, when it stops moving and you jump out and check you’ll find ghostly hand prints left behind.
More likely what you’ve discovered is the ghosts of your palm prints from when you last closed the trunk.
It's a good story, but it's not not ghosts pushing. Its gravity pulling.