Carter County's Magnetic Hill

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

SPRINGER, OK -- Pioneer Road is just a little northwest of Springer, but it goes by another name, Magnetic Hill. While some believe the road is magical or mystical maybe it's something else altogether.

The directions are simple enough: Drive downhill down Pioneer Road until you get near the bottom, then put your car in neutral and hold on as you defy gravity and roll back up the hill.

To make sure the first attempt wasn't a fluke, we tried it again...and again...and again. We even tried adding extra leverage, with the same result.

In nearby Springer, Oklahoma the hill remains a mystery.

Heather Shelly is the Clerk Treasurer of Springer, and she says Magnetic Hill is a real draw for a lot of folks.

" We have had people from far away, not even in Oklahoma, from far away, just to try it out," said Shelly.

Not all visitors have to travel far to experience Magnetic Hill. Kyle Craighead says he has known the story of magnetic hill since he was a kid.

"The first time I heard about it may have been during elementary school," said Craighead.

Kyle even did a report on the hill in Middle School, and he has a theory about the improbable powers of magnetic hill..

"It's all an optical illusion," said Craighead.

Kyle like many others believe that the natural terrain, along with an unlevel fence, give the feeling of rolling uphill when in fact the car is actually rolling downhill.

If it is an optical illusion, it is one that was created accidentally by the combined efforts of man and mother nature. And that might just make Magnetic Hill magic, after all.

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  • by Jeanetteelno Location: Elmore city ok on May 23, 2012 at 09:40 PM
    A bunch of us got together and went to springer last year to check it out. We had 2 different cars to try and both rolled "up" hill... Several times. It was wicked crazy and lots of fun, but of course it is an optical illusion. It is easier to figure out now but years ago they had different fences and it really made you believe it was going up hill and not down. Too cool though, go check it out.
  • by Billy Bob Tornton@Windom on May 23, 2012 at 04:33 PM
    No matter what the explanation,it is still really cool! and Josh did a great job of telling it, and i think the guy he interviewed has it right.
  • by tommy Location: texoma on May 23, 2012 at 03:42 PM
    have they had to much meth in carter county meth heads down the road from us talk and act the same way.
  • by Olaf on May 23, 2012 at 03:42 PM
    There is another hill, this one a mountain with the same property.....Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. In reality, the effect is an optical illusion and there is no magnetic disturbance in the area at all. The “magnetic hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 50 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. On its south side flows the Indus, which originates in Tibet and goes to Pakistan. The so-called magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys.
  • by KLMNOP on May 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    Maybe someday, someone will invent a device with a bubble in a tube of liquid that could be placed on the road to see if it is up or down hill. At the moment, such technology would be known as "the devil's work" in Oklahoma. And if the road was found to actually be downhill, this would be proof that Obama was born in Kenya.
  • by Carol on May 23, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    I saw something on tv about something exactly like this. It was proved to be an illusion because of the way the land and road was laid out.
  • by J Location: ardmore on May 23, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    Well, is it downhill or is it not? Why don't you take some sort of measures to determine the actual slope of the road? It's not rocket science.
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