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My Haunted Hometown - Colville Covered Bridge

Gravedigger, when you dig my grave could you make it shallow so that I can feel the rain?

                                                           Dave Matthews, lyrics from "Gravedigger"




Just a short ride to the East brings us to the next location on My Haunted Hometown tour, The Colville Covered Bridge in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Built in 1877, the bridge is 124 feet long, 18 feet wide and crosses over Hinkston Creek near the city of Paris. It is one of the few Kentucky covered bridges still passable by car.

Of course, traversing through this piece of history is not for the faint at heart.

In the past eighty years, at least three travelers who entered on one side, never emerged from the other, and it's said their spirits haunt the space in between.


All three deaths occurred in the 1930s. A young couple on their way home from prom lost control of their car and plunged into the water below. They were found the next morning drowned in the front seat.

Then there was the elderly Sarah Mitchell who headed out across the bridge by foot on the way to the doctor, but fell dead before she made it to the other end.


Even today, nighttime travelers make their way to the center of the bridge only to see light coming through the floor beneath them as if a car had gone into the creek and the headlights were shining up through the water. Or they hear an elderly woman coughing and crying out for help.

I doubt the living linger too long though. Would you?

9 comments:

Mary Mary said...

Ooo! Creepy! I love covered bridges, though. There is such a rustic beauty to them.

Rogue Mutt said...

A haunted bridge? That's really weird.

Danette said...

It's too picturesque to be haunted. I don't believe it.

K.T. Hanna said...

Oh, I love the story/history. It's gorgeous. Beautiful.

(I like dark, haunted things) Thank you for sharing.

Old Kitty said...

I think I'd rather paddle across the water! It's a beautiful bridge but by golly it's creepy! Wow!!!

Take care
x

Andrea Mack said...

Ooh, I love the stories behind these bridges. Great setting material - I hope you're putting one of these in a story!

Teresa Rucker said...

I have visited the covered bridge many times and myself have had some very spooky experiences. Just recently my girlfriend and I went out there after dark and took some photos, they are really freaky and most are covered with orbs. It was completely dark and we were standing on the outside of the car. Always up for a good scare!

Faith Warner said...

Fudge. I drive over this every morning on my bus. Now I'm scared.

Anonymous said...

We use to go there to drink set in the bridge you can see shadows but cant make out who it is just dark shadow many times are ride would not start in the bridge we would push it out and it would start

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