West Milford, New Jersey
Clinton Road Information:
Clinton road runs in a mostly north-south direction beginning at Route 23 in Passaic County near Newfoundland and running roughly 10 miles to its northern end at Upper Greenwood Lake. Clinton Road is a narrow, two-lane that gets relatively little maintenance and is not part of New Jersey’s county-highway system. Until recently, it was unpaved for part of its length, connecting two areas of minimal population and growth and having little traffic, even at the busiest times of day.
Clinton road is famous for having the nation’s longest traffic light wait, which occurs at a double intersection where Route 23 crosses the road. The two lights can cause motorists to have to wait for up to 5 minutes total.
There are few houses along Clinton Road. Much of the adjoining property is undeveloped and publicly owned woodland.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey:
The road and the land surrounding Clinton Road have become well-known in West Milford as an area full of legends and paranormal activity. West Milford locals report regularly seeing ghosts and apparitions along the road, strange creatures, gatherings of witches, Satanists in black cloaks, and the Ku Klux Klan.
Professional killers purportedly dispose of bodies in the surrounding woods near Clinton Road. At least one such case of this sort of thing has been reported.
The bridge over Clinton Brook, near the reservoir is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a boy who drowned the water below. Some West Milford locals claim that the boy drowned while swimming, while others claim that he fell from the bridge while sitting precariously on the edge. People claim that throwing a penny over the edge of the bridge at midnight will elicit the boy’s presence at the bridge.
A ghostly Camaro is also said to manifest at the bridge over Clinton Brook. Apparently, a girl crashed her car, a Camaro in 1988. Any mention of this deadly crash while driving along Clinton Road is supposed to bring about a manifestation of the vehicular apparition.
Some have claimed to see the ghosts of two rangers near the Clinton Brook bridge who died on the job in 1939, according to one report.
Clinton Ironworks is a conical brick structure from the 18th century. It was built when ore was common in the area and needed as a resource during the American Revolutionary War. The Clinton Furnace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It is located along Clinton Road south of the reservoir. It is said to be the site where local Druids practiced rituals. Intruders are cautioned against venturing too close to the Clinton Ironworks Ruins. Horrible things are said to occur when people get too close to the structure. Today, it is fenced off.
Ghost trucks are said to appear out of nowhere and disappear just as suddenly along Clinton Road.
People driving along Clinton Road report strong feelings of uneasiness. Some have reported seeing shrouded people, or people who are “dressed strangely at odd hours” who simply stare as they drive by.
Wikipedia (2011). Clinton Road (New Jersey). Retrieved May 2, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_Road_(New_Jersey)
Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index. Retrieved April 23, 2011 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/new_jersey.htm