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The 1885 story of the haunted bridge begins with Tom Jones and his widowed sister Elizabeth Taylor, who were fighting with their neighbors over their cattle getting into their neighbors’ crops. Tom and Elizabeth felt unsafe over the turmoil and bought a shotgun. Soon after, some men were cutting trees in land Elizabeth said was hers, and after a mighty blast, one man was without a head and Elizabeth was seen running away from the scene. The angry townspeople hanged Tom and Elizabeth at the Little Blue River. The Haunted Bridge, which now stands over the river, is rumored to be haunted by their ghosts.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Road C
Spring Ranch, NE
United States

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GPS:
40.4048719861292, -98.24074745090911
County:
Clay County, Nebraska
Nearest Towns:
Deweese, NE (6.4 mi.)
Glenvil, NE (6.9 mi.)
Fairfield, NE (7.3 mi.)
Lawrence, NE (7.9 mi.)
Ayr, NE (10.7 mi.)
Blue Hill, NE (12.0 mi.)
Clay Center, NE (12.7 mi.)
Edgar, NE (14.4 mi.)
Hastings, NE (14.7 mi.)
Harvard, NE (16.6 mi.)

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  1. Me and my buds went by a house built in 1901 and we saw a man inside the house in the attic window. We looked back at the window and all we saw was the shadow of someone!!

  2. I used to live in that area. If it is so historical why did they do nothing to preserve the town. In fact, 90% of the trees in the area have been removed. All that is left ate maybe a few markers of where things used to be. There is nor ever has been any “paranormal” activities in the area

  3. My son had a weird experience at the spring ranch cemetery about a year ago. He and his college roommate were home for the weekend to bird hunt. They were hunting in the vicinity and it was getting dark. My son told his friend the story of spring ranch, the lynching of Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Jones, possible hauntings, etc. and of course, the friend wanted to see the place. My son has a ghost detector app on his phone and as they crossed the bridge to head up the road to the cemetery, his phone began to show dots on his phone, which is suppose to indicate ghosts. As they entered the cemetery, they stepped out and my son told his friend about the vandalism to the head stones that had occurred in the past. All of a sudden, the ghost detector app said “very bad” and then moments later, it said “Get out”. This freaked them out so they jumped in his truck and as they headed down the road, his headlights kept blinking on and off and continued to do so for about a mile down the road. There is probably some logical explanation to these events such as a short in the wiring in his truck, the ghost detector app has GPS in it which knew it was located in a cemetery, etc. As for me, it made a paranormal believer out of me plus it’s a fun story to tell on Halloween!

  4. The bridge by the cemetery is not the old one. We went last year and found the real the real bridge spot that was torn down. It was at night and very eerie.

  5. I went there with a few friends about a year back. It was about midnight and we were hanging around the bridge looking for anything and everything paranormal. My roommate and our other friend decided they wanted to continue down the gravel road more while the rest of us felt it would be safer and better by the bridge. After a few minutes one who had stayed with us said he felt something was off; so he went to catch up to them and see what was happening. Meanwhile (the other friends who had continued down the road) were apparently walking when one of them suddenly fell ill and threw up. The friend who had the ‘feeling’ ended up having to carry the ill friend back. When we were all united again the tension was intense as the two who had continued down the road and got sick claimed they “felt nothing and wanted to go back”. On the ride back to town there were several patches of fog no higher than two feet, and the radio was skipping like a CD and playing parts that weren’t in the song. Needless to say it was a pretty creepy night.

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