Chardon Township, Ohio
Cry Baby Bridge
The Cry Baby Bridge in Chardon Township Ohio is in an area that has, according to legend, been home to the “Melon Heads” (small, semi-human beings with big heads). Melon heads, according to local lore, will emerge from hiding places and attack people very suddenly.
Cry Baby Bridge Location:
The Cry Baby Bridge in Chardon Township is sometimes referred to as the Wisner Road Bridge because it is located on Wisner Road, just north of Kirtland Chardon Road. The bridge is situated just north of a large section of the road that is closed off. This area is residential and used for horseback riding.
Melon Heads in Ohio:
For those of you who are not familiar with the melon head legends, these beings were orphaned and resided under the care of a non-descript and somewhat mysterious figure known as Dr. Crow, Dr. Crowe, Dr. Krohe, or Dr. Kroh. Some have also called him Dr. Trubaino or Dr. Melonhead. The doctor performed heinous experiments on the orphans which caused them to develop large heads and deformed bodies. In some stories, the children were suffering from hydrocephalus (a condition that causes fluid to accumulate in the skull) initially and Dr. Crow then injected their heads with even more fluid.
After suffering under Dr. Crow’s heinous experiments for a period of time, the orphans killed him and burned the orphanage. They live in the forests in the Chardon Township in Ohio and eat babies. Legends surrounding these beings are primarily associated with the area around Wisner Road in Kirtland and the Chardon Township and the Cry Baby Bridge in this region is beset with tales of these strange creatures. According to locals, there is a footpath in the area near the Cry Baby Bridge that leads to the original, ruined site where Dr. Crow lived with his orphans.
Ghosts of Cry Baby Bridge:
According to legends, if you park your car on the bridge and turn off the engine, you’ll hear the disembodied screams of children. Locals speculate that perhaps the ghostly screams are those of children who drowned in the river perhaps? Or maybe they are the screams of the melon heads who were, according to one source, burned alive in a fire that happened near the bridge.
Other Related Haunts:
This particular Cry Baby Bridge is unique. Most Cry Baby Bridges in the United States are associated with tales of a baby being thrown over a bridge either on purpose or by accident. For example, the Cry Baby Bridge on Egypt Road in Salem, Ohio has this type of storyline associated with it. A Cry Baby Bridge in Sayre, Oklahoma does as well. Other bridges in the United States have the same story associated with them, but are not referred to as “Cry Baby Bridges”. For example, Theorosa’s Bridge in Valley Center, Kansas and Hannah’s Grave in Lake Wakonda, Nebraska have very similar types of stories to explain the paranormal phenomena taking place there.
If you’re more interested in the melon head side of things and weird “haunts” with alien-type people, take a look at Hummel Park in Omaha, Nebraska where locals claim to see albino people haunting the place.
Wikipedia (2012). Cry Baby Bridge. Retrieved July 18, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crybaby_Bridge
Wikipedia (2012). Melon Heads. Retrieved September 14, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melon_heads
DeadOhio.com (n.d.). Wisner Road Bridge. Retrieved September 14, 2012 from http://www.deadohio.com/CrybabyBridges.htm#Wisner%20Road
Chardon Township OH Ohio United States