Please note:The haunted Danville Bridge has been documented for years, diffrent sources relating several diffrent stories. This section is devoted to several investigations. As with all folklore the stories, people involved and even the exact location has changed through generations. I will try to present all versions and locations here.
Investigation #1 will be the first location we visited, #2 the second. As popular as this story is I am sure there are more versions. If you have anything to add then please email me with the details.
Reported Haunting/Legend:There are several stories that come from the haunted bridge. The first story says that an Irishmen (or some other immigrant) by the name of "Dad Jones" was helping construct the bridge, he fell into the wet cement to his death when pouring concrete into the wood forms. His body was never recovered, due to many diffrent reported reasons. The most common being that the railroad company refused to pay for the removal. Leaving him forever entombed into the bridge. At night you can hear his screams or his hammer banging on the bridge for you to let him out. A second story says that a woman jumped to her death when an approaching train scared her. One version reports she was carrying her infant and etheir dropped or threw the infant into White Lick Creek below. Many people have reported hearing cries and moans, especially upon the approaching of a train. Or a ghostly woman in white searching the creek below and across the top of the bridge. Visual white globes around the bridge. A family traveling on Halloween got into an accident at the bridge site, and now with a visit on Halloween night you can her the mother screaming and a baby crying. Sometimes at night a muddy creature will dart from the creek and run across the path of your car.
Directions:East Twin Bridges Road, Danville Indiana. Road is across from a Kroger.
Investigation:First investigation done 3/12/2005 approx. 11 p.m. The temperture was around 35. It was partly cloudy. I was quite suprised to find that the road that ran under the bridge next to the creek was heavily traveled even at 11p.m. It is a county road but busy. We spent about 10 minutes parked at the bridge and took some photos. We never heard any screams or moans, only the water in the creek and the traffick on the highway about 1/2 mile up the road and the the traffick on the county road. The bridge was interesting because of the enormousity of it and that it is still used. There was a train parked along the top of it the night we visited. The bridge is so big you could hardly see the train peeking over the top. Our photos showed a few orbs but nothing extremly spooky.
Taken of the bridge area over the creek.
This small bridge runs over the creek, it is directly below the section in the above picture.
This investigation came from a visitors statement that we visited the wrong bridge in Danville, with correct directions to the bridge (behind the playground of Ellis Park in Danville) we sat out for a second investigation. Based on the fact of the visitors statement and a statement made in the book "Haunted Heartland" by Beth Scott & Michael Norman. Their book states "Now the railroad bridge is gone, but the legend, and the Irishman, still remain along White Lick Creek." Also states "The railroad Bridge over White Lick Creek near Danville,...is today only a memory." With this information it became important to invesigate this particualr bridge, or remains of.
Investigation:We visited the remains of the bridge on 4-26-04 about 10:30 pm. The park area behind the Playscape playground, where the remains are was very dark. The remains were a little hard to find in the dark but walking along the paved path was easy even in the dark. The moon was full and did light up the park in some places. The area was very spooky, but we heard or seen nothing unusual. We did hear some voices, however we feel that these were people above us on the hill where there is a subdivision. We spent about 30-40 minutes in the area of the bridge. We then revisited the bridge remains during the day to get a better veiw of the area. We spent about an hour to and hour and a half walking along the trail that leads to the bridge, and climbing to the top of the bridge. The raised area of where the tracks ran is eroded and I do not recomend trying to do this in the dark, even during the day. As you can see by the photos the area is considered dangerous.
The veiw of the bridge in the dark.
The triangle is the flash reflection from a
warning sign posted on the abutment. The white orbs is most likely moisture
since it had been raining off and on through the evening.
The following information from Indy Star.
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