This spooky story starts more than a century ago with a slave midwife who was concerned that parents were having more babies than they could support. She is said to have smothered many babies and buried their bodies near the bridge. After many babies were killed, the midwife began to find that her bucket would mysteriously fill up with blood, and she kept having to go to the river to empty the buckets of blood. On one trip to the river, she lost her footing and drowned.
The river is said to have run red with blood for days after that, and that gave this spot its spooky nickname. Folks say the river will still run red when the moon is full, and some witnesses have heard ghostly babies crying nearby, or the sound of struggling and splashing in the river.
However, some claim that this story is a work of fiction, and the name Bloody Bucket Bridge comes from the fact that there was a bar neaby in the 1930s and 1940s called the Bloody Bucket.
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- Griffin Road
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- 27.540626984306307, -81.79188537527807
- Hardee County, Florida
- Nearest Towns:
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