Helltown Added To Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project


Come now, you really didn’t think we could compile a list of Ohio Crybaby Bridges and NOT include Helltown, did you?

If you’re unfamiliar with the legends of Helltown, give that link a little click and get yourself caught up. Suffice to say, the legends associated with Helltown have become so engrained in Ohio ghostlore that dare I say they’d rank near the top of any list of Ohio’s spookiest locations.

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Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #8


OK, this one is going to be pretty easy. Or not. To be honest, I’m a bit amazed at how many people have never seen or heard of this magnificent building before. Regardless, here it is: The building that appears on page 205 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts.

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Want to take a peek at all the other Name That Location places? Click here!

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #7!


Let’s jump right into this since we’re less than 2 weeks away from the release of Ohio’s Historic Haunts.

Here’s the photograph that will appear on page 202 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts:

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This one’s kinda tough, isn’t it? Well, let me give you a couple of hints. First, you’re looking at a freight elevator. Second, the photo was taken on the third floor of the building. The reason the photo includes so much of the floor in front of the elevator is because something rather horrific is said to have taken place here.

So, can you name the location?


Click here to get caught up on all the other locations from Ohio’s Historic Haunts.

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #6!


WIthout further ado, allow me to present the photograph that will appear on page 32 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts.

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Sorry for the odd crop, but in the full photograph, there’s a historical marker on the left side and a big ol’ sign with the location’s name on it on the right side. Figured it wouldn’t be much of a test if I left either of those in!

So, can you name the location?


Need to catch up on the other 5 locations that have been revealed to date? Click here!

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #5


Hard to believe, but we’re only about a month away from the official release of Ohio’s Historic Haunts. So the Name That Location photos are going to start coming a lot faster. With that in mind, take a peek at the photo that will appear on age 59 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts. Can you name the location?

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If you can’t wait to see a copy of Ohio’s Historic Haunts sitting on a shelf in a local bookstore, eagerly awaiting your purchase, you can preorder it now on Amazon or directly through Kent State University Press.

Oh yeah, and click here if you want to see all of the locations that I’ve revealed so far!

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #4


OK, so this may or may not be an easy one for you. But if you live anywhere in the central/northern part of Ohio (or have a love for all things Halloween), you should recognize this place.

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This photo will appear on page 14 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts, available this fall through all major online booksellers as well as most Ohio brick-and-mortar bookstores. But why wait? It’s available for preorder now on Amazon!

So…can you name the location?


Need to catch up on all the other locations that I’ve revealed so far? Go here!

If Amazon’s not your thing, you can pre-order Ohio’s Historic Haunts directly through Kent State University Press here.

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #3


I figured a nice way to slide on into the July 4th weekend would be with another Name That Location!

If you just stumbled upon this page and have no idea what all the fuss is about Ohio’s Historic Haunts, let me get you up to speed. It’s my new book that’s slated to come out this fall. To give everyone some nice little teasers, I’m posting photos of the locations covered in the book, asking people to guess where the picture was taken. When I think the suspense has gotten to be too much, I’ll post the answer and some inside scoop on what happened at the location during the writing of the book.

You can check out the other two Name That Location photos here and here.

As for Location #3, all I’m telling you at this point is that it will appear on page 229 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts. Care to guess the location?

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #2


What better way to start off the week than with another Name That Location!

What’s Name That Location, you ask? Well, it’s my way of teasing my upcoming book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts. I’m posting pictures of locations that will be covered in the book and asking you to guess where the picture was taken. After you’ve pondered the photo for a while, I’ll post the answer and some inside scoop on what happened at the location during the writing of the book. Just a couple of things, though. Can’t spoil the whole book now, can I?

So here you go: the photo that will appear on page 282 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts. Name the location!

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Oh yeah, and if you missed Name That Location #1, click here to get caught up!

Ohio’s Historic Haunts: Name That Location #1


Well, the page proofs for my upcoming book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts, are finally here! And I figured a fun way to give everyone a sneak peek at what’s to come would be to “leak” some actual photos from the book and see if you guys can guess the location!

Some of the locations are instantly recognizable, so in those cases, I’ll probably crop the photos a bit just to make it a bit harder for you to guess. And after I’ve let you all scratch your heads for a while, I’ll post the answer, along with a brief description of the location and maybe, just maybe, a couple of hints as to what happened when I spent the night inside the place.

So here you go: your first test. This photo will appear on page 38 of Ohio’s Historic Haunts. Name the location! Feel free to post your answer below…or just scream it real loud at your computer screen. Either way, good luck!

I Might Not Rock, But Some People Still Think I’m Cool


Zak Bagans rocks!!!! You do not rock!
–anonymous e-mail I received after reviewing an episode of Ghost Adventures for The Ghosts of Ohio Newsletter

Over a decade ago, I bumped into a beautiful woman named Stephanie who, for reasons known only to her, decided to join me on my strange and spooky adventures (she also foolishly agreed to marry me, giving “strange and spooky adventures” a whole new meaning).

Looking back, we probably should have checked that Face Painter’s credentials BEFORE we agreed to be test subjects

I can still remember our first spooky excursion as if it were only yesterday: We decided to check out the ghostly legends associated with Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark, Ohio. In fact, if you own a copy of Weird Ohio, turn to the Cedar Hill Cemetery story and you’ll see I even managed to capture that memorable day in photographs–that’s Steph with her ear to the door of the Baker mausoleum, listening for ghostly cries.

Not long after that day, Steph started uttering what has become something of a catch phrase of hers when we’re out on adventures: “I’ll wait here.” Usually, I’d hear these words if I pulled up to some spooky location in the middle of the night…in the middle of nowhere. But truth be told, my journey has taken me to some pretty sketchy locations that are spooky in broad daylight. And by that, I don’t mean that I’m trespassing or breaking any laws. It’s just that some of these places tend to be located in areas where, at any minute, you’d expect to hear banjo music off in the distance. Oh yeah, and there’s usually all sorts of broken glass, trash, and debris laying all over the place. In other words, a romantic setting this ain’t!

Of course, when our daughter, Courtney, was born back in 2010, Steph started saying “I’ll wait here” a lot more. And with good reason. Say what you will about me, but I’ve yet to entertain the thought of dragging my daughter through places filled with garbage, bugs, and god knows what else. So the two of them usually hang out in the car while I go roaming about.

“Come on, guys, it totally looks safe!”

Such was the case recently when I decided to visit the infamous Crybaby Bridge on Fudge Road. While I had visited the bridge many times in the past, I recently received an e-mail saying the bridge was in bad shape and was in danger of being knocked down. So I wanted to get some pictures of it for my Ohio Crybaby Bridge Project before it was gone for good.

As we drove to the bridge one afternoon, I filled Steph in on all the legends swirling around not only the bridge, but Fudge Road in general. Of course, there are just as many stories about people being chased down the road by angry neighbors as there are ghosts. Long story short, when people ask me about the bridge, I tell them it’s probably not a good place to visit. So it didn’t really surprise me that much when we pulled off to the side of the road in front of the Road Closed sign near the bridge and I heard “I’ll wait here.” Well, at least I heard it from Steph. Courtney was so engrossed in her Justice League Vs. Bizarro League DVD that I don’t think she even heard me get out of the car.

Fudge Road Crybaby Bridge

I guess I had been out of the car for 5 minutes or so, busily snapping pictures and even walking across the closed bridge, when I heard Steph call out “Jim?” My immediate thought was “oh s**t, someone’s here.” As soon as I looked towards the car and realized I couldn’t see it from where I was standing, I admit it: I panicked and started running towards Steph’s voice as I yelled back “coming! What is it?!” I was almost halfway across the bridge when I heard Steph’s response:

“We’re getting out. Courtney said she wants to see your spooky bridge.”

And see it she did. For the next few minutes, Courtney wandered along Fudge Road and the Crybaby Bridge, sometimes hand-in-hand with Steph, asking questions about ghosts and bridges…and hawks (she saw one in the trees). She even made me and Steph pose for a picture on the bridge. All the while, I kept trying to hide the tears in my eyes. Courtney still doesn’t comprehend that sometimes, people cry when they’re happy.

Photo courtesy of Courtney

So yeah, I don’t rock. But I have a wife who, after all these years, still loves and supports what I do. And I know she’s not even five yet, but my daughter still thinks I’m cool.

I can live with that.