Location of Cry Baby Bridge:
The bridge is located on Sarah Jane Road in Port Neches, Texas. The apparition of Sarah Jane has also been reported in the East Port Neches Avenue, searching through marshes and thickets for you lost child.
Interesting Facts about Cry Baby Bridge:
The story of Sarah Jane relates to the Civil War era. In some stories, Sarah Jane is a Union sympathizer in Confederate territory. She took her baby and tried to escape in a covered wagon after her true inclinations were discovered. Her wagon overturned in a creek and Sarah Jane was shot as she tried to rescue the infant.
In another story, Sarah Jane’s husband was a Confederate soldier. When Union soldiers invaded the area near Sarah Jane’s home along the Neches River, she hid her baby under a wooden bridge in a wicker basket. Then, she returned to her house where legend trippers say that she hanged herself from a Cypress tree in the front yard.
Still another tale claims that Sarah Jane was the wife of an abusive husband. She finally decided to leave him. The husband subsequently committed suicide by jumping off the bridge. He took the couple’s daughter with him. Out of grief, Sarah Jane then committed suicide too by jumping off the bridge.
Sara Jane is sometimes cast as a murderer of young children. These stories say that Sara Jane ruthlessly threw her baby into the river. After her crime was discovered, she was hanged at the site of her crime as punishment.
And finally, some Port Neches locals say that a young mother pushed a baby stroller across the bridge. The baby’s name was Sarah Jane (or Sara Jane, depending on sources). The stroller tipped over and the baby fell into the swirling waters below. The mother then cried out for her baby, already lost in the current below. Another similar tale is about a woman and child riding in a horse and carriage rather than a mother pushing her baby in a stroller. The horses get spooked on the bridge due to heavy fog and the carriage overturns, tossing the helpless baby into the water below. In both stories, the baby was never found.
Ghosts of Cry Baby Bridge:
The apparition of Sarah Jane carrying an oil lantern has been observed along the road according to locals. People believe that she is searching for her lost infant.
Some also say that at midnight or on Halloween, it’s possible to hear the disembodied voice of a woman calling, “Sarah Jane, Sarah Jane” when parked on the bridge.
Other Texas Cry Baby Bridges:
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Rhodes, C. (2012). Local Legends: Cry Baby Bridge. Retrieved February 14, 2013 from http://catierhodes.com/2012/02/10/local-legends-crybaby-bridge/
Sanders, A. (2007). The Many Legends of Sara Jane Road. Retrieved February 14, 2013 from http://panews.com/local/x681436087/The-many-legends-of-Sara-Jane-Road
The Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index: Texas. Retrieved February 14, 2013 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/texas1.htm