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Cry Baby Bridge | Crybaby Bridge

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  • Date Posted: May 1, 2014
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  • Address: 230th Avenue, Monmouth, IL 61462, USA

Cry Baby Bridge Monmouth Illinois:

Monmouth is located in Warren County in the northwestern part of the state of Illinois.

Cry Baby Bridge Location:

The Cry Baby Bridge spans across Cedar Creek about 3 miles northwest of Monmouth. From Galesburg, Illinois travel to Monmouth and turn right at the Route 67 stop light. Travel north out of town and then turn left again onto 230th street and drive for a little over 1 mile to find Cry Baby Bridge.

There are apparently two bridges in this area. One of them is hard to find because the turn is somewhat concealed.

Cry Baby Bridge Ghosts:

The Cry Baby Bridge Monmouth, IL is very similar to other Cry Baby Bridges in terms of the folklore surrounding the location. There are at least four basic stories associated with the bridge:

1)      An unwed mother threw her newborn baby into the Cedar Creek.


In Doylestown, Ohio at Rogue’s Hollow is another Cry Baby Bridge with this same story attached to it. Also check out Hannah’s Grave in Wakonda, Nebraska.


2)      A bus load of school children plunged into the Cedar Creek. Now young ghostly students push the car uphill.


Screaming Bridge of Maud Hughes Road in Liberty Township, Ohio is the site of a very similar tale related to a haunted bridge there. However, at this location, a tragic and gruesome train wreck that occurred in the area may have spurred the stories…and the paranormal events taking place there.


Loma Alta Street in Alta Dena, California is the site of another “gravity hill” (there are a number of them in the United States where the ghosts of young people are said to push a car uphill.


Redkey, Indiana Cry Baby Bridge , Matt’s Bridge in Viola, Iowa, and Viola, Illinois Cry Baby Bridge both have similar bus accident stories attached to them.


3)      A horse and carriage accident lead to the death of a woman and her baby at the bridge.


This story is similar to stories told at other locations such as Hartselle, Alabama at Cry Baby Holler haunted bridge. This location is said to be the site where a woman and child were driving and plunged over the side of the bridge as well. However, the Hartselle, Alabama Cry Baby Holler Bridge is also the site of horrific and historically verifiable goings-on related to the folklore at this location.


The Everett Historic District in Everett, Ohio is another site where historically verifiable events took place that are consistent with paranormal events said to take place there. At this location, a husband and wife actually did fall into the river in a sleigh during a flood. The husband perished in the accident.


Theorosa’s Bridge in Valley Center, Kansas has four or five different folkloric tales associated with it and a haunted reputation similar to that of Cry Baby Bridge Monmouth IL without a lot of historical data to back up the paranormal events said to occur there.

People who go to Cry Baby Bridge Monmouth IL report that they hear the disembodied sounds of an infant crying as well as sometimes the apparition of a horse or a woman standing in front of their car. Most locals recommend visiting Cry Baby Bridge in Monmouth, IL at midnight on Halloween for best results.


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Wikipedia (2012). Monmouth, Illinois. Retrieved September 28, 2012 from,_Illinois

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