Pendleton is located in central Indiana in Fall Creek Township, Madison County. It is a small town of about 5,000 residents.
Cry Baby Bridge Location:
The Cry Baby Bridge is located on the way to Pendleton, Indiana.
Take I-69 to Pendleton, taking the IN-38 Exit (Exit 19) toward Pendleton/Noblesville. Then, turn left onto IN-38. Follow IN-38 out of Pendleton until you reach County Road 50 West. Turn right onto County Road 50 West. Then, turn right onto County Road 675 East. Cry Baby Bridge is the only bridge on County Road 675.
Interesting Facts about Cry Baby Bridge in Pendleton, Indiana:
The lore around the Cry Baby Bridge in Pendleton concerns a woman who either purposefully drowns her infant in the water below the bridge or a woman who accidentally drives off the bridge resulting in her own death as well as the death of her baby. However, according to one source, some elements of the story are actually true. A woman gave birth to a baby in a car near the bridge in the 1950’s or 1960’s and then threw the infant out the window into the river. Unfortunately, however, the baby didn’t land in the river, but instead landed on the riverbank nearby. It continued to cry, badly injured and the mother freaked out and left.
People drove along the bridge throughout the day and heard the cries but didn’t stop to investigate where they were coming from. The baby lived for several hours until it finally died from its injuries and exposure the next day. The baby was found later, but the mother could not be identified.
Ghosts of Cry Baby Bridge:
Pendleton locals have reported that people passing the bridge at night may hear the disembodied sounds of a baby crying or a woman crying at the bridge. Some locals have also reported seeing apparitions of a woman on the bridge.
People who drive to the bridge at midnight and stop the engine of their car and sit quietly are said to hear the sound of the mother calling out for the baby in the woods near the bridge. Then, the sound of a baby crying is said to echo through the trees a short time later. Locals who have tried this experiment then report that their vehicle won’t start unless they push the car off the bridge.
Other Related Haunts:
Avon, Indiana is the site of a famous haunted bridge with several interesting tales associated with it. The story about the woman throwing her baby into the water below the bridge is one that is commonly told about many haunted bridges in the United States. For example, Theorosa’s Bridge in Valley Center, Kansas has a similar story attached to it, though historically, there is little evidence to back the story up. The Rogue’s Hollow Cry Baby Bridge in Doylestown, Ohio also claims to the be the site where a woman threw her baby over the bridge under similar circumstances to those described in Pendleton.
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