(Orig. Published 8/2003)
This 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.
Interestingly, the 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.”
The legend 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 bridge’s girders.