Welcome to The Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project!
What’s a Crybaby Bridge, you might ask? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Simply put, it’s the centerpiece of the Crybaby Bridge legend; a tale of unknown origin that has, over time, spread across most of the Continental United States to the point where almost every state claims to be the official home of at least one Crybaby Bridge.
As far as the legend goes, it usually consists of 3 key ingredients:
- A bridge
- A baby and someone to carry the baby onto the bridge (usually the baby’s mother)
- Something bad that causes the baby to fall from the bridge (everything from an oncoming train to the mother deciding to throw the baby from the bridge)
Once you have those ingredients, you mix them together and create a creepy story that ends with the baby’s death. You then add a brief postscript explaining that if people go to the bridge at a certain day and time, they will hear the ghostly cries of a baby. And there you have it; your very own Crybaby Bridge legend!
If you’d like to dig a bit deeper into the lore surrounding Crybaby Bridges, Ken Summers wrote a great primer/backgrounder, which you can read by clicking here.
And now, let’s get back to the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project, beginning with a wee bit of background as to what got me started.
Growing up in New York, I was familiar with Crybaby Bridges as there were rumors of 4 in the state (that I was aware of). In the early 90s, I relocated to Georgia and wouldn’t you know it, that state had a couple of Crybaby Bridges, too. At that point, all I really did was chuckle at the similarities between the NY and GA stories.
It wasn’t until I moved to Ohio in 1999 that I realized something: not only did the Buckeye State have Crybaby Bridges, too, but they seemed to have cornered the market on them! And when I started trying to chronicle them for the book, Weird Ohio, I was stunned to find that there were literally dozens upon dozens of Crybaby Bridges legends throughout the state. What’s more, they weren’t limited to just bridges. Ohioans can proudly proclaim that our state is home to Crybaby Tunnels, Crybaby Hollows, Crybaby Lanes, and even a Crybaby Cemetery! There were so many that it became hard to keep track. And that, my friends, is what led me to create the Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project!
I wanted people, not just in Ohio, to have one central location where they could read to their heart’s content about all the Crybaby Bridge legends in the Buckeye State. Personally, when I look at all the different versions in Ohio, I’m fascinated with how you can almost track the basic legend as it mutates and crawls across the state.
For ease of use, I decided to give each location its very own page/entry. Each entry will also be set up so it contains the following information:
Is it a covered bridge? Foot bridge? A train trestle, perhaps?
What is said to have happened on the bridge that resulted in the haunting?
No, we’re not talking about boiling cauldrons here. It’s more along the lines of describing anything specific one would need to do in order to hear the baby cry. Do you have to flash your headlights? Honk your horn? Or maybe you just need to be there at a specific time and date.
Where the bridge is said to be or, in the cases where the bridge has been demolished or removed, where it once stood.
My personal thoughts on the legend. May sound a bit arrogant, but this is my site, after all! Plus, I did manage to uncover all sorts of meaningless bits of trivia related to some of these bridges, including how the legends got started. So if nothing else, it will be interesting bits of meaningless trivia!
This is my favorite part of each entry. Here is where readers like you can submit their own personal experiences about what happened when they visited the bridge…even if nothing at all happened. So if you’ve got a story to share, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other places where you can read about the bridge, including online resources.
At this point, you’re probably dying to get started, but I’ve saved the most important point for last: please use common sense if you decide to visit any of these Crybaby Bridges.
If you’ve been reading along, you’ll notice that I said the point of this project was simply to chronicle the history of Crybaby Legends in Ohio. It is NOT intended to be taken as my proclamation that any of these locations are indeed haunted. If anything, there is absolutely no concrete evidence to substantiate the alleged hauntings at close to 95% of the locations. I can’t stress that fact enough because the last thing I want is any of you climbing onto these bridges in the dead of night with your EMFs and digital cameras, trying to capture ghostly evidence. Also, please keep in mind that most of these locations are active in that there will be everything from vehicles to trains using them, so please don’t put yourself in danger trying to find something that probably isn’t there to begin with.
Oh yeah, and while it probably should go without saying that it’s not a good idea to do things like stopping your vehicle on a bridge and turning all the lights off in the middle of the night, I’ll say it anyway. Don’t do it! And while I’m at it, don’t forget that some of these locations are on private property and/or right next to private property. Please respect people’s right to privacy and do not trespass under any circumstances.
OK, thanks for reading all this. Ready? To access individual entries of the Crybaby Bridge Project, you can use the pulldown menu by rolling over the “Crybaby” tab at the top of this page. Or you can always click on any of the links below–and don’t panic if a link isn’t live yet. I’m constantly updating, so it will be soon!
Either way, be safe, enjoy the journey, and don’t forget to listen for the baby’s cries!
LIST OF KNOWN CRYBABY BRIDGES IN OHIO Abbeyville Road Bridge Abbeyville Road Railroad Bridge Alliance Crybaby Bridge Blackrabbit Road Crybaby Bridge Brubaker Road Covered Bridge Cable Train Overpass Cedarville Crybaby Bridge Clinton Crybaby Bridge Crybaby Hill (Harris-Jones Cemetery) Crybaby Lane (Euler Road) Crybaby Tunnel Crying Bridge Crystal Springs Crybaby Bridge Egypt Road Crybaby Bridge Fudge Road Gore Orphanage Road Crybaby Bridge Greely Chapel Road Crybaby Bridge Helltown Crybaby Bridge Hyde Road Crybaby Bridge Lefevre Road Crybaby Bridge Mary Jane’s Bridge Myrtle Hill Road Crybaby Bridge Newton Falls Covered Bridge Palmer Road Crybaby Bridge Pfeiffer Crybaby Bridge Philo Crybaby Bridge Pitchin Crybaby Bridge Rogues' Hollow Crybaby Bridge Screaming Bridge Sidney Crybaby Bridge Stover Road Crybaby Bridge Tindall Bridge Wisner Road Crybaby Bridge Project Home Page I'm done with these bridges! Take me home, please!