~ by Marie Robinson
I wouldn’t be surprised if every reader is familiar with a haunted
bridge story taking place nearby where you grew up. There are dozens of
legends about haunted bridges across the States, but most of them retain
many of the same details. Still, who doesn’t love a good ghost story in
late October? Let’s put logical thinking aside for the night and give
in to ghastly pleasures.
THE HAUNTED BRIDGE OF AVON (AVON, INDIANA)
the town of Avon there is massive 300 ft-long, 70 ft. tall railroad
bridge. A gorgeous yet intimidating structure, it was constructed in
1906 to allow railroad transport over White Lick Creek, and
double-tracked in 1908. Although the bridge still remains iconic (it is
brandished on the Avon seal) and in use, it is also an important site in
Several ghosts haunt the bridge, and while
history has no explanation for them, over time a few possible identities
have been established for them. One tale tells of a construction
worker, but the details of his identity shifts from version to version;
sometimes he is an Irish immigrant, sometimes African American, and
sometimes he goes by the name of Henry Johnson. In the story, the
construction worker slipped during the building of the bridge, falling
into the wet cement of one of the pillars. He died fairly quickly, and
sank down into the vat, and his fellow coworkers decided to spare the
time, effort, and money it would take to get the man out, and simply
left his dead body to be encased in the pillar. Now it is said that you
can hear his knocks from his walled-in grave, or his moans. Another
simpler story tells of four construction workers who fell from the
bridge into White Lick Creek, and to this day you can hear the echoed
splashes and thuds in the water as they fell.
Another ghost is
said to be that of a young woman who was crossing the bridge one day to
take her sick infant to the doctor. A train started to rumble down the
tracks as she was in the middle of the bridge, so she left from the
structure down into the creek. While her poor baby died from the impact,
the mother survived but a few more days to die from a broken heart. A
tradition says that to drown out her bloodcurdling cries of grief you
should honk your car horn as you drive under the bridge at night.
apparition of a man has also been seen pacing up and down the tracks,
and there are a few other macabre tales that are attached to the bridge.
Whether the stories are true or not, they have kept a gorgeous,
historical structure relevant in peoples minds and created some
fascinating modern-day folklore.
most campfire legends, this one actually has some basis in fact. In
1961 three teenage girls were killed while driving at night down the
winding road. You know how hard it can be to navigate those dark,
twisting roads, and how the curves can seem to spring out of nowhere.
I’ve never lived in a remote area so driving on those wooded roads at
night terrifies me. The girls were going a cool 45 mph and failed to
notice until it was too late that the bridge up ahead was out. It had
been burned down by a group of boys who were trying to destroy access to
Arlington to a local black community.
Over time the tragedy evolved
into urban legends and ghost stories. Whispers now tell of a heavy fog
rolling up as you approach the bridge, and the disembodied screams of
the deceased girls.
is widely known as one of the most haunted places in America because of
its bloody place in history, serving as a battlefield for the Civil War
in 1863. One specific area that is undeniably beautiful and holds a
very important place in history is Sachs Covered Bridge. The bridge was
used by the Confederate soldiers as they withdrew from battle.
surrounding area saw more than it’s share of bloodshed and death.
According to legend three Confederate soldiers were hanged from the
beams of the 100-foot bridge when they were revealed to be spies. Their
dangles bodies were then said to be discovered by patrolling Union
soldiers. The hanged men’s ghosts are said to linger at the bridge, but
they are not the only reported phenomena there. A heavy presence is said
to lie over the bridge, and it is common to feel unseen eyes on you and
to get the sense that you are unwelcome. The sound of heavy footsteps,
horse hooves, gunfire and screams have been heard around the bridge, and
visitors often claim to smell unexplained pipe smoke. Pictures taken at
night often reveal strange anomalies, such as orbs, streaks of light,
mysterious mists, and even apparitions. Could these be the remains of
the countless soldiers who died in Gettysburg?
Bunnyman is a favorite urban legend of mine, simply because it is so
damn creepy. There are only two confirmed facts in regards to the legend
of the Bunnyman, and those are two reported incidents. Both took place
in Burke, Virginia, about a week apart in 1970. The first was on October
19th and was reported to the police by a US Air Force Cadet; he and his
wife were returning from a football game around midnight and decided to
park the car on the side of the road to “talk”, thus making themselves
urban legend bait. Their “conversation” was interrupted by movement in
the rear view mirror, and then the sudden shattering of the passenger
window. The window has been broken by a hatchet, which now rested on the
floor of the car; it had apparently been wielded by a man dressed in a
white rabbit suit, who was screaming at them, ordering them not to
trespass. The couple left unharmed but the man was never
identified. The second incident was on October 29th when a construction
security guard approached a young man standing on the porch of an
unfinished house. The man was dressed in a bunny suit and chopping at
the porch railings with an axe, babbling on about trespassing and
threatening to “bust in” the security guard’s head. This mysterious man
was also never found and the case was closed due to lack of evidence.
rest of the legend of the Bunnyman has no basis in fact, but is still a
good yarn. People say that back in the early 1900’s Fairfax had to
close a local insane asylum due to public outrage. While transporting
the patients, the bus flipped, killing nearly all of the passengers. A
few ran off into the woods, but all were caught with the exception of
two. These two men have come to be known as Marcus Wallster and Douglas
Grifon. Police were eventually able to locate Wallster by following a
trail of skinned rabbits hung from the trees, leading to the Colchester
Overpass near Clifton. Grifon was never found, and it is said that near
Halloween you can find skinned and half-eaten rabbit carcasses in the
woods surrounding the Overpass, which is now known as Bunnyman Bridge.
tales tell of people who have visited the Bunnyman Bridge and were
later found hanging from the entrance. It is said that the Bunnyman
comes out of the bridge on Halloween night, wielding an axe. People are
warned that if you visit the bridge at night, the Bunnyman will grab you
and string you up, like those poor souls of legend.
nothing creepier than crappy old costumes, so this Halloween when you
park your car to “talk” to your lover, watch out for the Bunnyman!