bridge's designer and architect, Amasa Stone, is buried
several miles away from the disaster, at Lakeview
Cemetery in Cleveland Heights.
ostentatious marker is similar to the mass grave marker
at Maple Grove.
closeup of the inscription on Amasa Stones's marker. His
date of death, as it appears on the tombstone, is
actually seven years after the disaster.
inscription further reads:
memory of the just is blessed."
Halloween 2002 feature,
Cleveland Digital City discusses additional ghost
legends associated with the Chestnut Grove Cemetery.
Lisa Galloway writes, "Reports of wraiths near here are
many… witnesses mention families dressed in period dress --
always warm winter clothes -- wandering together, often
carrying carpetbags and baskets. Screams are heard late at
night, many visitors say a charred odor pervades the grounds
and near Collins' crypt a man can be seen weeping bitterly,
crying out over and over, I'm sorry. I'm so very sorry.'"
her sources, Ms. Galloway cites Dead Ohio <applause> and
Railroad Extra, a great website dedicated to U.S.
railroad history and folklore. Since Dead Ohio
certainly did not report of such ghostly happenings, we
checked out Railroad Extra. We could not find anything
specific on that site regarding the cemetery hauntings Ms.
Galloway writes about in her article (or any other hauntings
related to this grim event). So, if anyone can
substantiate those tales, please write us and share your
The Bottom of the Bridge
Below, a great shot of the
Ashtabula Bridge looking south, as taken in the summer 2002 by
Fast-Freight, a railroad engineer.
Here's a photo of a fascinating find by
Fast-Freight--An old rail. Although not yet
confirmed, it could be a piece of the original rail
from the accident.