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Crybaby Bridge is a nickname given to some bridges. The name often reflects an urban legend that the sound of a baby can be, or has been, heard from the bridge. Many are also accompanied by an urban legend of a baby or young child/children being killed nearby, or thrown from the bridge into the river or creek below.

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Ohio

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Rogue's Hollow

One of many purported crybaby bridges is located near Doylestown, Ohio, in an area known as Rogue's Hollow. This bridge is located on Galehouse Road, between Rogue Hollow Road and Hametown Road. The bridge spans Silver Creek. Deep in Rogue's Hollow, this road previously led from the bottom of the hollow (Hametown Rd.) to the top (Rogue Hollow Rd.). The bridge is only approachable from Hametown Rd. from October to May, as the steeper portion of the road is seasonally closed to prevent accidents. The bridge is property of the Rogue's Hollow historical society, which also owns the adjacent Chidester Mill.[1]

Rogue's Hollow Historical Society "Map to the Mill" link refers to the bridge; road and creek are visible in "Chidester Hill" photo.

Map: 40°56′28″N 81°40′31″W / 40.94111°N 81.67528°W / 40.94111; -81.67528

The Screaming Bridge of Maud Hughes Road

Maud Hughes Road is located in Liberty Township, Ohio. It is reputed to have been the site of many terrible accidents and suicides. Railroad tracks lie 25 feet below the bridge, and at least 36 people are said to have been reported dead on or around the Maud Hughes Road Bridge. Ghostly figures, mists, and lights have been seen, as well as black hooded figures and a phantom train. The legend says that a car carrying a man and a woman stalled on top of the bridge. The man got out to get help while the girl stayed. When the man returned, the girl was hanging on the bridge above the tracks. The man then supposedly perished with unexplained causes. To this day, many people have reported hearing the ghosts' conversations, then a woman's scream followed by a man's scream. Another popular and typical Crybaby Bridge story says that a woman once threw her baby off the bridge and then hanged herself afterwards.[2][3][4]

Map: 39°23′40″N 84°24′38″W / 39.394551°N 84.410427°W / 39.394551; -84.410427

Egypt Road, Salem

Although the bridge is off of Egypt Road, it is actually on what used to be West Pine Lake Rd., which now dead-ends to the east of the bridge. Legends attribute the crying baby to one that fell in and accidentally drowned. The closed road remains as an access way to high voltage utility lines.[1]

The "baby cries" can be heard at night or during the day.

Map: 40°55′47″N 80°49′48″W / 40.929744°N 80.829978°W / 40.929744; -80.829978

Chardon Township

This crybaby bridge is in the area of the melon heads. The bridge is on Wisner Rd. just north of Kirtland Chardon Rd. A large section of the road is permanently closed; the bridge lies just before the south end of the closed section.[1]

Helltown

The local urban legend regarding Helltown includes a crybaby bridge, located on Boston Mills Rd.[1]

Maryland

There is a purported "Crybaby Bridge" off Beaver Dam road in Beltsville, near the Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. It is in or near the areas where the legendary goatman has reported to have been seen.[citation needed]

There is another on Governor's Bridge Road, near Bowie, at the Anne Arundel County line (Patuxent River). This bridge is a late 19th/early 20th century steel truss bridge; legend states that a woman and her baby were murdered in the 1930s. Purportedly, if one parks one's car at or near the bridge, a baby can be heard crying; sometimes a ghost car will creep up from behind, but disappear when the driver or passenger turns around to see it.[5]

In Weird Maryland: Your Travel Guide to Maryland's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, authors Matt Lake, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman include 3 first-person narratives of Crybaby Bridge experiences in Maryland. The locations mentioned are The Governor's Bridge Road bridge already discussed above, one on Lottsford Vista Road and another unspecified but possibly also referring to the Lottsford Vista Road bridge as well. The latter narratives make mention of purported Satanic Churches near the bridge and appearance of the Goatman.[6] The Governor's Bridge, in Bowie, MD is currently a project with Global Entertainment, out of Baltimore, MD. They have contracted with author Skip Stover to do a book trailer for his new novel, The Ghost of Governor's Bridge.[citation needed] Update 03/04/10. Due to the extreme weather in MD, the trailer was scheduled for filming in the Spring of 2010. Stover's novel has been published and will be available on-line and in stores soon.

Texas

Sarah Jane Bridge

"Sarah Jane Bridge" is said to be the bridge from which a baby of the same name was thrown into the alligator-infested water by a man who had murdered the child's mother. It is said Sarah Jane can be heard crying from the water when one stands on the bridge on hot summer nights. The child's mother, a headless ghost wandering the woods nearby, can also be heard whispering "...Sarah Jane..." as she searches the forest with a lantern. The legendary Sarah Jane is Sarah Jane Block, who lost no children and lived to the age of 99.[7][8]

South Carolina

There is a "Crybaby Bridge" on High Shoals Rd, just south of Anderson, SC. High Shoals Road crosses the Rocky River at the high shoals point. The bridge which crosses the river is known by locals as Cry Baby Bridge. The local legend (which is repeated in nearly every county in South Carolina) tells of a woman and her infant who died in a car crash off the bridge. By crossing the bridge halfway and repeating a chant, one can hear a baby cry, or a woman scream, or see a ghostly car pass. The story of Cry Baby Bridge has certainly reached urban legend status.

Controversy

In 1999, Maryland folklorist Jesse Glass presented a case against the existence of several Crybaby Bridges as being genuine folklore; instead contending that they were fakelore that was knowingly being propagated through the internet.[9]

According to Glass, near identical stories of Cry Baby Bridges; said to be located in Maryland and Ohio, began to appear online in 1999, but that the events which they described could not be affirmed by him as fact or preexisting folklore through either local oral history or the media.

Among the concerns presented by Glass was that the story of a particular bridge; said to be located in Wesminister, Maryland, centered around the murder of escaped slaves and African American children. Back in the 1800's, unwanted black babies were drowned by being thrown off the side of this bridge. It's located specifically on Rockland Road, just off of Uniontown Road outside of Westminster's city limits past Rt. 31. Regional newspapers which usually covered racially motivated murders of the period - Specifically the American Sentinel and the Democratic Advocate - made no mention of the events described online.

However, in their book Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, authors Mark Moran & Mark Sceurman relate the story of a purported Crybaby Bridge on Lottsford Vista Road between Bowie and Upper Marlboro, asserting that this bridge has "made believers out of many skeptics."[10] The text included from their informant makes no mention of escaped slaves but does repeat a now familiar component of such legends: an out-of-wedlock birth.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Crybaby Bridges
  2. ^ The Screaming Bridge of Maud Hughes Road
  3. ^ Tri-Mar Paranormal Research- Maud Hughes Bridge Report
  4. ^ Franklin County Ghost Debunkers Center
  5. ^ The Shadowlands Maryland Crybaby Bridge Entries
  6. ^ Matt Lake, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman: Weird Maryland: Your Travel Guide to Maryland's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Page 178 Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 ISBN 1402739060 Accessed via Google Books August 17, 2008
  7. ^ Cunningham, Carl (1998-10-28). "Spooky legend lives on". The Mid County Chronicle. http://www.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/spooky.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  8. ^ Sanders, Ashley (2007-10-30). "The many legends of Sara Jane Road". Port Arthur News. http://www.panews.com/local/local_story_303205853.html. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  9. ^ http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupid?key=olbp37916 The University of Pennsylvania Online Books Page for The Witness; Slavery in Nineteenth Century Carroll County, Maryland.
  10. ^ Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman: Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Page 22 Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2004 ISBN 0760750432 Accessed via Google Books August 17, 2008
  • Mark Moran and Mark Scuerman (2004). Weird U.S.. Barnes & Noble. ISBN 0-7607-5043-2. 

Global Entertainment will be in Bowie, MD on November 7th and 8th, 2009, at 7:30 a.m. to begin filming the trailer for Skip Stover's novel, "The Ghost of Governor's Bridge."

See also


Crybaby Bridge is a nickname given to some bridges. The name often reflects an urban legend that the sound of a baby can be, or has been, heard from the bridge. Many are also accompanied by an urban legend of a baby or young child/children being killed nearby, or thrown from the bridge into the river or creek below.

Contents

Ohio

Rogue's Hollow

One of many purported crybaby bridges is located near Doylestown, Ohio, in an area known as Rogue's Hollow. This bridge is located on Galehouse Road, between Rogue Hollow Road and Hametown Road. The bridge spans Silver Creek. Deep in Rogue's Hollow, this road previously led from the bottom of the hollow (Hametown Rd.) to the top (Rogue Hollow Rd.). The bridge is only approachable from Hametown Rd. from October to May, as the steeper portion of the road is seasonally closed to prevent accidents. The bridge is property of the Rogue's Hollow historical society, which also owns the adjacent Chidester Mill.[1]

Rogue's Hollow Historical Society "Map to the Mill" link refers to the bridge; road and creek are visible in "Chidester Hill" photo.

Map: 40°56′28″N 81°40′31″W / 40.94111°N 81.67528°W / 40.94111; -81.67528

The Screaming Bridge of Maud Hughes Road

Maud Hughes Road is located in Liberty Township, Ohio. It is reputed to have been the site of many terrible accidents and suicides. Railroad tracks lie 25 feet below the bridge, and at least 36 people are said to have been reported dead on or around the Maud Hughes Road Bridge. Ghostly figures, mists, and lights have been seen, as well as black hooded figures and a phantom train. The legend says that a car carrying a man and a woman stalled on top of the bridge. The man got out to get help while the girl stayed. When the man returned, the girl was hanging on the bridge above the tracks. The man then supposedly perished with unexplained causes. To this day, many people have reported hearing the ghosts' conversations, then a woman's scream followed by a man's scream. Another popular and typical Crybaby Bridge story says that a woman once threw her baby off the bridge and then hanged herself afterwards.[2][3][4]

Map: 39°23′40″N 84°24′38″W / 39.394551°N 84.410427°W / 39.394551; -84.410427

Egypt Road, Salem

Although the bridge is off of Egypt Road, it is actually on what used to be West Pine Lake Rd., which now dead-ends to the east of the bridge. Legends attribute the crying baby to one that fell in and accidentally drowned. The closed road remains as an access way to high voltage utility lines.[1]

The "baby cries" can be heard at night or during the day.

Map: 40°55′47″N 80°49′48″W / 40.929744°N 80.829978°W / 40.929744; -80.829978

Chardon Township

This crybaby bridge is in the area of the melon heads. The bridge is on Wisner Rd. just north of Kirtland Chardon Rd. A large section of the road is permanently closed; the bridge lies just before the south end of the closed section.[1]

Helltown

The local urban legend regarding Helltown includes a crybaby bridge, located on Boston Mills Rd.[1]

Maryland

There is a purported "Crybaby Bridge" off Beaver Dam road in Beltsville, near the Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. It is in or near the areas where the legendary goatman has reported to have been seen.[citation needed]

There is another on Governor's Bridge Road, in Bowie. This bridge is a late 19th/early 20th century steel truss bridge; legend states that a woman and her baby were murdered in the 1930s. Purportedly, if one parks one's car at or near the bridge, a baby can be heard crying; sometimes a ghost car will creep up from behind, but disappear when the driver or passenger turns around to see it.[5][unreliable source?]

In Weird Maryland: Your Travel Guide to Maryland's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, authors Matt Lake, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman include three first-person narratives of crybaby bridge experiences in Maryland. The locations mentioned are The Governor's Bridge Road bridge discussed above, one on Lottsford Vista Road and a third unspecified, but possibly described the Lottsford Vista Road bridge as well. The latter narratives make mention of purported Satanic churches near the bridge and appearance of the Goatman.[6]

Texas

"Sarah Jane Bridge" on East Port Neches Avenue in Port Neches, Texas is said to be the bridge from which a baby of the same name was thrown into the alligator-infested water by a man who had murdered the child's mother. It is said Sarah Jane can be heard crying from the water when one stands on the bridge on hot summer nights. The child's mother, a headless ghost wandering the woods nearby, can also be heard whispering "Sarah Jane" as she searches the forest with a lantern. The legendary Sarah Jane is Sarah Jane Block, who lost no children and lived to the age of 99.[7][8]

South Carolina

There is a "Crybaby Bridge" on High Shoals Rd, just south of Anderson, SC. High Shoals Road crosses the Rocky River at the high shoals point. The bridge which crosses the river is known by locals as Cry Baby Bridge. The local legend (which is repeated in nearly every county in South Carolina) tells of a woman and her infant who died in a car crash off the bridge. By crossing the bridge halfway and repeating a chant, one can hear a baby cry, or a woman scream, or see a ghostly car pass. The story of Cry Baby Bridge has certainly reached urban legend status.

Georgia

There is an alleged "Crybaby" bridge in Columbus, Georgia. The story goes that some children died around the bridge (accounts vary as to whether their death was accidental or intentional), and that at night their cries can be heard and a woman can be seen walking along the edge of the woods. [9] Other phenomenon reported include footsteps and the feeling of an 'evil presence.' It is also alleged that if you put baby powder on the hood of your car and stop there, you will see baby footprints in the powder. [10]

Controversy

In 1999, Maryland folklorist Jesse Glass presented a case against several crybaby bridges as being genuine folklore; instead contending that they were fakelore that was knowingly being propagated through the internet.[11]

According to Glass, nearly identical stories of crybaby bridges in Maryland and Ohio began to appear online in 1999, but they could not be confirmed through local oral history or the media.

Among Glass' examples was the story of a bridge located in Westminister, Maryland, which concerned the murder of escaped slaves and African American children. It's located specifically on Rockland Road, just off of Uniontown Road outside of Westminster's city limits past Rt. 31. In the 1800s, the story held, unwanted black babies were drowned by being thrown off this bridge. Regional newspapers, such as the American Sentinel and the Democratic Advocate, which usually covered racially motivated murders of the period, make no mention of the events described online.

However, in their book Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, authors Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman relate the story of a purported crybaby bridge on Lottsford Vista Road between Bowie and Upper Marlboro, asserting that this bridge has "made believers out of many skeptics."[12] The text included from their informant makes no mention of escaped slaves but does repeat a familiar component of such legends: an out-of-wedlock birth.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Crybaby Bridges
  2. ^ The Screaming Bridge of Maud Hughes Road
  3. ^ Tri-Mar Paranormal Research- Maud Hughes Bridge Report
  4. ^ Franklin County Ghost Debunkers Center
  5. ^ The Shadowlands Maryland Crybaby Bridge Entries
  6. ^ Matt Lake, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman: Weird Maryland: Your Travel Guide to Maryland's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Page 178 Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 ISBN 1402739060 Accessed via Google Books August 17, 2008
  7. ^ Cunningham, Carl (1998-10-28). "Spooky legend lives on". The Mid County Chronicle. http://www.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/spooky.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  8. ^ Sanders, Ashley (2007-10-30). "The many legends of Sara Jane Road". Port Arthur News. http://www.panews.com/local/local_story_303205853.html. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  9. ^ ""Crybaby" Bridge". http://www.mysticalblaze.com/GhostsGeorgia.htm. 
  10. ^ Mark Moran and Mark Scuerman (2006). Weird Georgia. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.. ISBN 1-4027-3388-7. 
  11. ^ http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupid?key=olbp37916 The University of Pennsylvania Online Books Page for The Witness; Slavery in Nineteenth Century Carroll County, Maryland.
  12. ^ Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman: Weird U.S.: Your Travel Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Page 22 Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2004 ISBN 0760750432 Accessed via Google Books August 17, 2008
  • Mark Moran and Mark Scuerman (2004). Weird U.S.. Barnes & Noble. ISBN 0-7607-5043-2. 

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