Not far from the
Witch's Ball, along Abbeyville Road near Medina, is this crybaby bridge,
barely noticeable from the road. Legend states that in the 1950's, a
young girl, in a desperate attempt to hide her pregnancy, threw her newborn
baby into the river below.
It is said that if
you visit the bridge at night, you will soon hear the baby's gurgling
Another crybaby bridge can be found in this area. It is a railroad
bridge located next to a church. Supposedly, babies were thrown
over the bridge by a "satanic cult" worshipping at the church. It
is said that that you will hear the sounds of babies crying, to warn of an approaching train. It is also said that if you park your car
under the bridge, it will not restart until it is pushed away from the
bridge. For obvious reasons, the church and bridge are not
featured here. Do not email us for directions--we prefer not to
For those curious
about the "other" crybaby bridge, check out this
webpage sent to us by The
Helltown has a crybaby bridge. The actual
story is a little fuzzy on the details-- at some point in the past, a
child was supposedly thrown off the bridge and died in the Cuyahoga
story is not nearly as important as the experiment itself. The rules of
this bridge are the most complicated. The following steps must be
followed exactly--miss one, and the experiment will fail:
1. Bring along a
spare set of car keys. 2. Go there at night. 3. Park the car
on the bridge. 4. Turn off the car. 5. Put your other set of
car keys in your pocket. 6. Get out of the car. 7. Lock the
doors. 8. Walk away from the bridge. 9. Wait "a while."
10. Go back to your car.
the car will be mysteriously running, and you will find dusty child's footprints on the outside
of your car.
The bridge is
located off of Riverview Road, and leads into Boston Township. The
bridge that exists there is quite new. It was built in 1999,
replacing a much-older covered bridge that was repeatedly damaged by
floods and other elements. The new bridge was constructed using
the original piers and abutments, which can still be seen around the
underneath the bridge, we discovered these suspicious-looking footprints
that, initially, may have solved the "mystery" of Helltown's crybaby
bridge. . . .
. . . . but only
minutes after first assigning blame to the local wild turkeys and
raccoons, we came upon this weird find on the wall next to the sandy paw
prints . . . .
Guess there's some
truth to the legend after all.
Located in Trumbull county in Newton
Falls, this historic covered bridge is the site of yet another horrific
infanticide. The bridge was built in 1831. It is the second
oldest covered bridge in Ohio. It is still used today, as a one-lane
access road to a trailer park on the other side.
As the legend
goes, in the late 1800's, a young mother threw her infant over the
bridge and into the Mahoning River below. Apparently, she was trying to
hide her pregnancy from the community. The river swept the baby
under the bridge, where it drowned.
It is said that
you can still hear the baby's cries coming from underneath the bridge.
Research failed to
turn up any information regarding the death of a baby at this location
in the 1800's. The closest incident we found involved two river
drownings from a car accident in the 1950's on Newton Falls Road, but
not at this location.
may have been a little difficult for the mother to accomplish the deed
from the bridge itself, as there were no openings on either side of the
bridge at that
time. She would have had to do this from the river banks.
connected to the bridge (pictured here) was not built until 1929.
Interestingly, the walkway was built to protect children from
traffic. Before then, the bridge was heavily used by both
vehicles/buggies and pedestrians, making it especially dangerous for
children to pass through.
creepy-looking iron bridge can be found just outside of Canal Fulton in
the small town of Crystal Springs. It stretches over the
Tuscarawas River and lies next to railroad tracks that run alongside the
river. Originally, this was a small foot bridge that was destroyed
by a flood in 1913. Locals built a temporary swinging bridge, but
that proved too dangerous for travelers. A permanent wooden bridge was
then built, and the original iron grids seen below replaced the floor in
the 1940's. The bridge is now part of the "Crystal Springs Bridge
Park", and is no longer accessible by vehicles.
railroad tracks have their own ghostly legend. It is said if you
drive down the road, turn onto the small access road and cross over the
tracks toward the bridge, your car will stall "for no reason."
behind this crybaby bridge is particularly horrible. A man
lured his wife and their baby onto the bridge. He hung his
wife from the bridge, took the baby down to the river below and
drowned the child.
He then hung himself from the
A view from
the top of the bridge looking down to the muddy Tuscarawas River.
A view from
below the bridge, where the father supposedly killed his baby and
then hung himself.
The dust orbs
that pepper the photos taken at this site scream "ghosties."
O.k., maybe not. But they seem appropriately symbolic of the
notoriety of this crybaby bridge. Even though this bridge is
located on Cleveland-Massillon Road, it is out in the sticks
(Clinton) and was particularly difficult to verify prior to making
the trip. After all, there were many bridges in the area and
the directions volunteered by our helpful readers were somewhat
vague. However, once we arrived at Norton, and then Barberton,
and checked around, the kind local folks proudly led us to this
historic landmark. As we arrived and pulled into the parking
lot of the abandoned building next to the bridge, it was dusk and
bats were flying around. But we were not afraid--in fact, that
was a positive sign. The swarms of mosquitoes, however, were
not. West Nile virus is not an acceptable job hazard, so we
kept our exploration to a minimum.
legend of this crybaby bridge seems pretty unbelievable, for
obvious reasons. Supposedly, during the civil war, slaves
threw their children from this bridge to save them from capture
by Southern rebels and/or bounty hunters sent by Southern slave
owners. To this day, you can still hear the babies'
other legend, a young woman stayed at a house nearby, to hide
her pregnancy from her fiancÚ. After giving birth, she threw her
newborn baby from the bridge into the black waters, where it
drowned. It is said if you come to this bridge at
midnight, you will see the ghost of the mother repeating the
murder of her child.
Hidden in the surrounding
woods off of Egypt Road (Twp Highway 766) in Salem stands an old iron
bridge that is the site of various tales of baby deaths, suicide,
satanic activity and just plain weirdness. On October 12th, 2003,
Ghost Roads of Ohio
and I made the road trip out to Egypt Road and did a little investigatin'.
bridge itself is not easy to find (we scouted the place in July 2003 and
couldn't find it). It is located off of Egypt Road,
on an unnamed closed road beyond a rusty barrier (pictured above).
The barrier is not clearly visible from Egypt Road, and chances are that
you'll pass it before you see it. To access the bridge, one must
park at the entrance and walk the old road into the woods. Sound
from its looks, this place has been closed off for some time.
Trees and vegetation have grown over much of the bridge and road, and
there are no street lights. Night trips are not recommended.
Yet, even during the day, this is a pretty creepy place.
There are at least two versions of the crybaby legend. In the
first, a young couple were arguing, and did not notice that their
baby had wandered off. Before they could save it, the child
fell off the bridge into the creek, where it drowned. If you
come here at night, you will hear the baby's cries.
the other version, the child wandered away from its mother and fell
off of the bridge. The mother jumped into the water to save
her baby, but both of them drowned. When the father later came
to the bridge looking for his family, he found their lifeless bodies
staring face up through the water. The father, in his panic to
find help, ran down the wrong end of the road, into the dark woods.
He was never seen again.
bridge is supposedly the site of some teenage suicides in the
1970's. Interestingly, while we were exploring the bridge, we
found this graffiti bearing the names of a girl and boy and the year
piece of old rope was found tied to the support beams, dangling into
the creek below.
Venturing across the bridge and further down the road, the pavement
turned into a muddy trail. Just beyond this section, the road
seems to simply end--at an opening to a field.
Word has it that a strange "cult" was established in these woods
about 20 years ago, although we cannot say whether it was satanic,
pagan, or any other type.
did find the typical satanic pentagram graffiti that most bored
kids seem to spray-paint in abandoned places like this. To
provide some balance, someone else spray-painted bible scripture.
is said that many dead animals were found in the woods and on the
road, sacrificed by the alleged "cult." To the left, we found
this dead snake in the middle of the road. However, no foul
play is suspected.
the right, a close up of a tree that has managed to grow up and
through the beams of the bridge. If you look closely, you can
see that the trunk of the tree has molded around the iron bar.
We're not sure what connection it has with the legends, but it
looked freaky enough.
check out Groovie's own Egypt Road page on
Ghost Roads of Ohio,
which includes a spooky reference to the "Dark Man of the Forest."
thanks to Groovie for her assistance with locating the Egypt
Gore Orphanage (aka Swift's Hollow)
has everything else a spook seeker could want, so why not a crybaby
Connecting the ruins of the orphanage to the old Swift Mansion, the
bridge also seems to be a conduit for the tortured souls of children
who are said to have perished in the legendary orphanage fire.
Whether this is true or not is not nearly as interesting as the
There are at least
two variations of this crybaby bridge tale; actually, more like
experiments. Not surprisingly, they bear some similarity
with other crybaby bridges in Ohio, such as the one located at
Helltown. Both versions are described as
Park your car on the bridge.
2. Turn off the engine and get out.
3. The painful cries of children will be heard along the
river near the bridge.
4. You will also hear the crackle of a fire off in the
5. The negative spiritual energy will prevent your car
6. You must push the car off the bridge before you will be
able to re-start your car.
Park your car in the center of the bridge. Leave your keys in
the ignition and exit the car. Once you get off the bridge,
the car will start itself. Unexplained lights and ectoplasm
may materialize around you, if you're lucky and the spirits are
feeling particularly playful (or evil). When you return,
children's handprints will be found on the car.
Much like the Egypt Road bridge,
satanic rituals are rumored to be practiced on this bridge.
While we regret to report that we found no evidence of blood
sacrifices during our several visits to this site, some innocuous
spray painted graffiti might--if you squint your eyes and stretch
your imagination enough--conjure vague images of weird goings on.
Mostly, though, it's just bad art.
Wisner Road in Kirtland cuts through the heart
of Melon Head
country. Drive beyond this bridge on the
dirt road, and you will soon find yourself at a dead end. Look
closely, and you will see a foot trail that continues beyond the
dead end....and into the deep, dark woods. In those
woods along that trail, people say, lies the ruins of the original
Melon Heads homestead.
But if a late
night hike is not your cup of tea, stick to the bridge.
Legend says that if you park your car on this bridge at night
and turn off the engine, you will soon hear the screams of small
Are they the
voices of children who drowned in the waters rushing below the
bridge? Or are they the screams of the poor Melon Head
children, who were burned alive in an orphanage fire near this
We did not witness
such sounds during our visit to this bridge. Of course, we
were not here at night. However, we suspect the timing of
one's trip to the bridge has nothing to do with sounds you may
hear. This area is heavily populated with wildlife, and
the sound of the water--distorted by the acoustics of this deep
ravine--can sound, well, unnatural.
There are private residences along this road--and are most
definitely NOT the former home(s) of the Melon Heads.
There is also a horse stable here, and horseback riders
peacefully enjoy this road. The horses are quite skittish
of cars. Therefore, we strongly discourage joy rides along this
road. If you must travel here, drive carefully, exercise
caution & restraint, and respect the people who live here.
Also, several "No Trespassing" signs are posted around