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Matts Bridge

Matts Bridge

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  • Date Posted: Apr 30, 2014
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  • Address: Viola, IA 52336, USA

Viola, Iowa

Viola is located in east central Iowa northeast of Cedar Rapids. It is an unincorporated community in Linn County, Iowa.

Matt’s Bridge Location:

Interesting Facts about Matt’s Bridge:

Some Viola locals claim that a school bus accident is the cause of paranormal activity at the haunted bridge. According to some stories, the bus parked on the bridge and a semi-truck came around the corner and crashed into it. The bus was thrown into the river and all the children on board were killed. This is similar to stories told in a variety of other locations across the United States. For example, Cry Baby Bridge in Monmouth, Illinois, Cry Baby Bridge in Redkey, Indiana, and Cry Baby Bridge in Viola, Illinois have a similar story attached to them, but locals also claim that a woman threw her baby from the bridge into the water below.

Ghosts at Matt’s Bridge:

Locals report that if they pull onto the bridge in their car and roll their windows down that they’ll hear strange voices in the nearby woods. Visitors should put their car in neutral and then wait. According to some people, the ghostly children who perished in the tragic bus accident will push their car over the bridge if they park it in neutral halfway across.  Disembodied footsteps, shadow people, and heavy breathing sounds have also been reported.

Some visitors to Matt’s Bridge have also had trouble with batteries being drained very quickly so if you plan to take photos, bring extra batteries for backup.


Wikipedia (2011). Viola, Iowa. Retrieved March 4, 2011 from,_Iowa

The Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 22, 2011 from (1909-2012). Matt’s Bridge. Retrieved October 2, 2012 from




Viola, IA Iowa 52336, USA

Viola, IA Iowa 52336, USA

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