Haunted Bridges With Ghosts in Upstate New York

by Alexis Rohlin
Upstate New York has several bridges haunted by ghosts.

Upstate New York has several bridges haunted by ghosts.

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Upstate New York is home of many haunted sites. It was the grounds of several important Revolutionary War battles and was the first area of the New York area to be settled by colonists. The bloody history of the New England state is joined by cautionary tales of malevolent spirits and treacherous bridges.

Fiddler's Bridge

In the early 1900s, one late night after a Halloween party, an unnamed fiddler was walking home alone and was killed beneath what is now Fiddler's Bridge in Clinton Corners. When crossing the bridge on Devil's Night or Halloween night, roll down the windows of your car and you should be able to hear the faint sound of the ghost playing his fiddle.

Troy

The bridge located near the Troy Country Club is haunted by the ghost of a waitress who once worked at the country club. She was driving to work one winter night in the 1970s when she drove over a patch of ice, lost control of her vehicle and drove off the bridge. During the winter, if the bridge is covered with snow, you can see her footprints heading off the bridge and into the woods, her ghost still searching for help.

Pigman Road Bridge

The train bridge on Holland Road in Angola is the home to the Pigman. The two-lane one-way bridge is surrounded by 2 miles of woods in the rolling hills of upstate New York. There are four tunnels that go under Holland Road; two pass under the train bridge, the other two are for Big Sister Creek and lead into the hillside. Local legend has it that the Pigman was a butcher who used to live in the area. To keep trespassers out of his property, he would mount the heads of pigs onto stakes and set them in the front yard. Once night, three teenagers decided to go and see what it was that the Pigman was up to. They were slaughtered by the Pigman, and he cut off their heads and put them on stakes, then hung their bodies from the smallest lane of the train bridge. The man called the Pigman was never found. The bridge tunnels are full of graffiti about the Pigman. Visitors to the bridge have reported hearing pig squeals when they walked over it.

Pigman Road History

On Dec. 18, 1867, Holland Road was the site of the worst train accident in Erie County history. A passenger train with six cars was traveling east toward Buffalo and quickly approaching the bridge near Holland Road when the axle of the rear coach car of the train came loose and the car derailed, pulling the car in front of it off the tracks as well. The rear-coach car careened down the embankment and quickly caught on fire as it pulled the car connected to it onto its side and down the hill. The connected car rolled down the embankment, and the coal stoves used for heating the passenger car came loose from where they were bolted to the floor and flung hot coals onto people, engulfing the passengers in a fiery death. Some believe that the Pigman is a malevolent spirit that caused this horrific accident.

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