(Orig. Published 10/2003)
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, Groovie from Ghost Roads of Ohio and I made the road trip out to Egypt Road and did a little investigatin’.
The 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 familiar?
Judging 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.
In 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.
The 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 1978.
A 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.
We 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.
It is said that many dead animals were found in the woods and on the road, sacrificed by the alleged “cult.”
On 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.
Also 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.” Many special thanks to Groovie for her assistance with locating the Egypt Road bridge.
10/23/05: Jordy offers up even more creepy legends that would give any sane person pause before exploring Egypt Road Bridge:
Egypt swamps at the bottom of Painter Hill in Salem are said to be haunted by a lady known as “The Lady of the Blue Mist.” When the fog is out on some nights she apparently rises from the swamps.
There is also a bridge called Cry Baby Bridge. There are many stories on this one. The first story tells of a lady who throws her baby over the bridge. On some nights you can hear the baby crying. I’ve also heard one where the lady loses the baby and finds it at the end of the bridge. As she is running over, the baby falls over the bridge. And once again, on some nights you can hear the baby crying.
Eygpt road is known to the locals as the haunted road. There is also a story of the Three Pyramids. Supposedly, when the fog and the light is just right, it looks like there are three pyramids on the swamps.
8/13/05: Nikki shares her creepy experiences and some information about this cursed bridge.
I live about 20 mins from the bridge itself and I went there last night for the first time. I did go at night…around midnight with 4 of my friends. We stayed on the bridge for a while then we walked the path that went further out.
In your article you talk about where that path ends at a field. That field is a strip mine from years ago. And if you keep going, there is a big hill out there. That is the reason they had to close that road and bridge, because it was washing away too easily with the rain and snow.
I was looking at your pictures I’m not sure if you have been back here more recently, but it has changed some. Everything is more grown over and rusted. And there is still yet more graffiti. Also, the rope is still there, it has been there for many years. In addition, there was a cult down there about 18-20 years ago. They did sacrifice many of the animals that they stole from neighboring farms. I was really young when that happened, but I do vaguely remember my babysitter taking me out there to see all of it.
I just thought I would share some of this information. And also to tell you that it is 100 times creepier at night. I did hear the sound of babies crying. The further you walk along that path beyond the bridge, the more you feel like you’re walking away from sanity. It is something I truly do not think I will ever forget as long as I live.
2/23/05: Josh and his friend encounter ghostly headlights while exploring this infamous bridge:
My friend Alex and I decided to visit Egypt Road after reading about it online. We wanted to see if the rumors about hearing a baby cry were true, because supposedly you are supposed to be able to hear a baby crying at night at certain times. We went in the dark, carrying a flashlight for use if needed. The old road that comes off of Egypt Road is sort of hard to find, but finally we found the location and parked the car.
In order to block any traffic from coming onto the road, which has been closed for over 20 years, there are two gates. The first has a metal pin that goes through two holes in the gate, holding it shut. Once we stepped over the gate, we went down this asphalt path into the woods towards the bridge. The bridge itself is pretty close to the main road, but hidden enough that you won’t see it at first at night.
The bridge has a large pentagram drawn into the center of it, possibly because of the alleged cult activity that goes on there. If you look under the bridge, you can also see a rope that hangs down, which has been tied to the bridge supports. This was supposedly from a man who hung himself and committed suicide there, and the rope still hangs where it did on that day.
After inspecting the bridge, we continued down the road. I think that it goes on for quite some time, for a couple of miles at least… but it’s now covered with mud and we quickly turned back, not sure that there was any point in going forward. However, when we reached the bridge and looked back into the woods in the road we had just come from, there were headlights there. They were about a mile out in the distance, but they were definitely on the old road that had been blocked off. They seemed to stay there for a while, and then they slowly dimmed and then went out. This was the weirdest thing that happened, because there was no reason that a car would be down that road when it was mostly mud and hadn’t been used for years.
We walked back towards the cars, but when we arrived at that first gate, we were surprised to find that it was open wide, not closed like it had been earlier. And on top of that, the metal pin was totally missing. As we got in the car to leave, the headlights returned once again… either as a warning to not come back, or a goodbye, I don’t know… but it’s very possible that the former travelers on that road still drive there today…
5/2/04: Freda shares her tale of evil, morphing shadow “people” at the Egypt Road bridge.
One day, I went to Egypt Road with my friend and her family. Well, my friend and I were too chicken to go in the woods, so we stayed in the car with her mom. Her dad and brother came running out of the woods screaming “there’s something back there”. I said “what?” They said they saw a huge white fog with something black in the middle that keeps changing form. I got really scared. Then, we all heard a moaning sound. We took off as fast as we could. Then out of the blue, there was a truck coming out of the woods. The guy was speeding up closer to us like he was trying to ram us. I got a good look at the driver. He was a shadowy person and his face looked like it was “melted.” It scared us bad and before we knew it, we were safe and out.