I graduated from Avon High School. At the time, Avon was hardly more than the stoplight where US Highway 36 and Indiana 267 cross just west of Indianapolis. Avon had a grocery store, an ice cream shop, a drugstore, a bank, a couple of gas stations and the entire school corporation surrounded by a handful of houses. But we also had The Haunted Bridge – one of the major landmarks of central Indiana (at least, in our minds!)
The story goes as follows: the railroad built the original bridge over White Lick Creek in Avon in the 1850s. A scaffold collapsed and a worker fell into a pylon filled with concrete. His colleagues were unable to retrieve him in time. As they struggled to get to him, however, they heard him pounding on the side of the pylon mold before the concrete finally overwhelmed him. From that time on, people who passed near this bridge heard pounding noises and moans from the ghost of the worker who had died.
I have heard many variations of that story: some say the worker was an Irish immigrant or a black man; some conjectured that he was an escaped felon or had possibly had an affair with a banker’s wife, and that he was the victim of a vengeance murder; one story tells that it was not a worker who fell into the concrete but a young mother with a child who, trapped on the bridge, jumped into the shallow creek to escape an oncoming train – the mother survived but the baby died. Many other versions have evolved over the years as well.
As a high school student, I heard these stories about the bridge. During those days the bridge was out in the middle of the country and was quite creepy, especially at night. Today, much of the area has businesses and housing developments. But, even to this day, some claim that, at night, you can still hear the moans and the pounding noises.
The bridge in these pictures replaced that original bridge in 1907 and remains in operation today. It is an impressive structure and even has a creepy look to it. Still, over 150 years later, the legend remains!
(Click any picture to open the gallery and zoom-in on the Haunted Bridge of Avon!)
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