Birthday Bridge - Giblin Bridge

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This spot, near where Kentucky Avenue and US 218 meet, is said to be haunted by a local girl who hanged herself from the bridge after having an affair with a married doctor. The day she died was also her birthday. Legend has it that her ghost can be seen hanging from the bridge every year on her birthday. Birthday Bridge became well-known in 1972 when Brad Steiger’s book “Irene Hughes on Psychic Safari” told of psychic Irene Hughes’ dealings with the bridge.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Near US 218 and Kentucky Ave
Mt Pleasant, Iowa
United States

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GPS:
40.9198493070628, -91.54225444654003
County:
Henry County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Mount Pleasant, IA (3.1 mi.)
Westwood, IA (5.3 mi.)
Salem, IA (6.2 mi.)
New London, IA (7.5 mi.)
Rome, IA (8.5 mi.)
Houghton, IA (9.9 mi.)
Saint Paul, IA (10.5 mi.)
Hillsboro, IA (10.7 mi.)
Lockridge, IA (11.9 mi.)
Mount Union, IA (12.4 mi.)

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    • For sure not haunted. Used to go fishing there as a kid and even at night. I had never even heard of any of this birthday bridge nonsense until a few years ago and I have lived here all my life. Also, the bridge was in fact destroyed when a truck driver decided he needed to go drive down a dirt road after somehow becoming lost and then attempted to drive his truck across this tiny old bridge.

  1. Had an amazing EVP session at this site. The EVP said the death falls to the ground. I also took a photo and was amazed to find a brilliant white light of energy within it.

  2. I’ve fished the area night/day for a long time and never had any feeling of anything nor have I ever seen anything plus I live under a mile from it on Logan so it’s a quick trip for nothing but good catfish

  3. I’ve heard this story being from the area but the location is all wrong. It was called Brandywine bridge and was located north of Mt Pleasant, but don’t know for sure where it was.

  4. Location is correct though the above map is only a rough indication because of lack of address. It’s been a local ghost story for the for many years. It is gone now due to, as stated above, a semi truck got lost by following it’s GPS and the truck was too much weight for the bridge. The road to the bridge was closed off and reclaimed by farmers after the accident and the bridge is mostly gone. Unless you knew where it was before you’ll be hard pressed, and trespassing on private property, to get to it.

  5. I drove back there and got my truck stuck in a ditch and walked out and left it for a week then went back and drove it out. was dry ground the whole time.will try going back another day if I could find out when her Birthday was.

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