Maxdale Cemetery and Bridge

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Pay a visit here and you may encounter a ghost with a limp, who may have been a former cemetery caretaker. Folks say the small iron bridge here is haunted as well. Local legend has it that if you stop on the bridge, turn off your headlights, count to 10, and then turn your headlights back on, a man hanging from a noose will appear. It is believed that he hanged himself after failing to save the life of his girlfriend, who drowned under the bridge. A phantom truck is also said to appear here, driven be a man who committed suicide by driving his truck off another nearby bridge.

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    Wolfridge Road
    Maxdale, TX
    United States

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    30.986713131536302, -97.83010929817465
    Bell County, Texas
    Nearest Towns:
    Florence, TX (10.3 mi.)
    Copperas Cove, TX (10.4 mi.)
    Fort Hood, TX (10.7 mi.)
    Killeen, TX (10.9 mi.)
    Harker Heights, TX (12.1 mi.)
    Kempner, TX (12.1 mi.)
    Union Grove, TX (13.5 mi.)
    Nolanville, TX (14.7 mi.)
    Jarrell, TX (17.4 mi.)
    Salado, TX (17.5 mi.)


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    1. Another local story i’ve heard id of a school bus that was washed over during a flash flood, killing the driver and all the students. If you stop on the bridge and sit quietly with your lights and engine off you can hear giggles(or screams, i’ve heard both) and eventually the children will push your car safely off the bridge. I’ve done them all and have camped/fished under the bridge several times and have never experienced any haunted activity.

    2. Well for my senior trip we convinced our teacher to drive us there. It was the middle of the day but the sadness/eerie feeling was so heavy. I decided to walk to the other end of the bridge completely alone and I heard someone whisper my name from the woods/trees next to me. It scared me shitless. Not to mention the next few days I was hone I relapsed back into ny severe depression ways. I just felt like being alone and I was just so down for no reason. I got blessed at my church and after that I was back to normal.

    3. I have experience paranormal activity myself with a group pf friends and i never thought anything could scare me, but being out there gave me a whole other perspective and outlook of What is out there. I learned something out there plus my friends too…..there is such thing as paranormal activity…not the movie. Thats nothing all acted out. Go to an actual haunted place or historical event and experience it. Its scary maybe, but at least you can have memories and say you have experience paranormal activities.

    4. maxdale bridge is where three deadly events happened there was a school bus full of elementary aged kids a boyfriend and his girlfriend and the grounds keeper for the graveyard located directly across from the bridge anyhow the story goes the grounds keeper was drunk and fishing from the bridge as he was known to do the boyfriend and girlfriend were driving to the bridge its not clear in the stories ive heard but I do beleive the boyfriend was drinking as well and also driving to fast the school bus was coming to cross the bridge to take the kids home from school it was from what i hear later in a summer afternoon stormy cloudy and a little dark anyhow the bus came from the cemetary side to cross the boyfriend and girlfriend from the other the grounds keeper stumble out and the school bus swerved to avoid hitting him at the same time the guy and girlfriend were speeding to cross the bus then swerved back the other direction smashed the grounds keeper and lost control and went over the bridge as well the girl and guy the girl was knocked unconcious and the boyfriend tried to save her all the while all the kids were screaming to save them and begghing for help the guy kept trying for his girl friend instead of trying to save any of the lives on the bus this river is known for flash flooding heavy fast waters this day it was very stormy lots of rain the waters were high and fast from what they say all the kids drowned the girlfriend as well the only survivor was the boyfriend the grounds keeper is said to have died laying on the side of the road crippled from being smashed buy the bus and had to watch in his last minutes all the kids that he seen daily since he was known to fish from the bridge on his breaks drown which is why he haunts the bridge the boyfriend is said that later on he could not deal with the agony and depression of what had happened that day so he returned later and hung himself from the bridge the kids were never found they only found the bus driver inside the bus so the legend has it the grounds keeper is seen leaving the graveyard and walking to the bridge between the hours of 5 and 8pm daily the boyfriend will appear to you hanging from the bridge screaming and crying for his girlfriend and begging the kids for forgivness it is said the kids haunted him until he was drove to suicide and the legend behind the kids is that if you put babypowder or any powder on the trunk hood or windshield of your car some say its the hands and feet of the little kids pushing your car away from the bridge to keep you safe however others have parked on this bridge before they closed it off and it felt as if they were trying to push the car into the waters below all the while laughing and some even say they are saying your name followed by come find us or you belong here with us some even say they have heard them say stay off the bridge it is not safe and others have stated they have heard them say you will never join us unless you go faster when the bridge was open and you could cross it was said you had to cross it at 60mph pretty fast for that old bridge however when this all took place that was a backroad so there was no posted speed limit signs and no suggested speed warnings of any kind so its said the bus and the boyfriend were driving 60mph or faster these are the true stories of maxdale bridge I have lived here in cove and have been to that bridge all my life however as you see when the story gets passed around the legend and the truth get twisted and new endings are added hell ive even heard this story completly changed many of times with several different outcomes again I know this place very well hell I even had gotten married in that cemetary two days before my actual jp marrige funny thing was when I did that I could swear I heard voices saying NO NO NO it is a mistake childrens voices warning me I wish I would have taken their advise that marrige did not last but 8 years and it was a nightmare for the most part of it I still return to the bridge and thank them for the warning to this day I have never heard the voices again so I do not beleive the ghost of the poor kids are bad ghost I leave candy on the edge of the bridge everytime also that is another thing you are suposed to do is at night leave candy on the edge of the bridge in babypowder and turn your back and count to 60 turn around and the candy is suposed to be gone with little hand prints in the powder I however do not tease the ghost of the kids I just leave them the candy because I know they are there and I know they are real ive never actually seen them however i hear the voices and ive experienced the babypowder on the car and felt the rocking and pushing of the car

    5. There are numerous stories pertaining to Maxdale.
      I’ve heard the stories about the drunk bus driver and the children. The old caretaker, The witch. The phantom pick-up truck driver. Also of the satanic rituals that happen out there. I’ve been witness to a group of 10-20 people coming out of the darkness of the bridge and scared the pants off my bestfriend and co-founder of the BCGH and myself. I’ve had my hair braided, had the children push the car away from the bridge, upon inspecting the vehicle we found fingerpainting type words in the dirt on the car that said “—— was here” we couldn’t ever figure out the name, caught pictures and had a incident where my sister, her ex and I all almost fell into the same flash back. Very creepy stuff. Most definitely haunted. And my favorite place to be.

    6. A while back, I think it was around August of 2013. One of my friends and I went the the maxdale bridge. We tried the head light thing and we went to the middle of the bridge for a while and saw and heard nothing. As we went to drive away, a truck came out of the bushes to our left and took off at a high rate of speed. We thought it was just someone else who got spooked so we attempted to follow it. When we turned the corner just moments after we saw it, we couldn’t find it. I was the driver and I looked for a while trying to maybe catch up to it and never did. I don’t know iif it was the ghost truck or just unlucky and couldn’t find it but either way it was pretty spooky. And I haven’t been back since.

    7. i leave on FM 2670 or maxdale old road i have been in the brigde many times at diferent times of the day or late on the evening and have no hear or see anything all thought i do belive in this leyends or stories i have seen a lot of people visiting the brigde, but i will like for the Mayor of killeen do some maintenance of the place to keeps this leyend alive, the place is very quiet and peaceful and very beautiful and the water is so clear, more people should visit the place so they can see for their self, and to keep this leyend alive, dont forget to leave candy for the kids because they still there. i go there once in a while and pick up trash that people leave there, i have never been in the cemetery cause i repects the place, or maybe cause i dont like cemetery i have bad experiece in my childhood in cemeterys, and i dont want to experience one here. so come and visit the bridgde so i do with my kids often.

    8. The cemetery is beautiful with old graves said to be a few witches buried there its sad how many baby graves are there but they are unrelated to the bus incident I have gone to the bridge too many times to count beautiful place! Great for photos! You can no longer drive on bridge though. I have had the finger print thing on the trunk totally creeped me out tried to come up with reasons for it but IDK the best I could say is maybe the oil from the fingers when touching the car IDK but general unease there but definitely a lovely place during the day!

    9. I visisted Maxdale cemetery and bridge on Halloween night at 3:00am with my daughter and step-son. Let me tell you, I wont do that again. As soon as I took one step away from my car I heard a drum slowly playing. It was like an Indian drum. We were going to walk down to the bridge but when I heard this….I quickly got right back in my car.

      We then decided to DRIVE across the street to the cemetery which is only a few feet across the road. At this point we were already freaked out. We parked at the gate and shined the headlights into the cemetery. We definately did not want to go in!! We saw shadow figures, things low to the ground and things that were tall. There were shadows where there was nothing to cast a shadow. It was almost like looking thru a mosquito net with holes in it. We saw a human type tall figure leaning up against a head stone. It was standing with its arms crossed like it was just waiting for us to step one foot into the cemetery. I would not have done that for any amount of money.

      Before we went, the light in my bedroom blew out and could not get it to work at all after that. Tried new bulbs and the breaker. Was still not working when we moved out months later.
      Then after we went, I kept finding screws all over the house. I kept checking the cabinet doors to see if they fell out somehow. Would find them standing on the counters and floor like someone placed them there. Still dont have any idea where they came from.
      Woke up in the middle of the night while my husband was at work with a feeling that something was right in my face. It scared me so bad. I got up and turned the light on, calmed myself down, called my husband and then tried to go back to sleep. I had left the bathroom light on and I started thinking…. please don’t let that light go out. Then it did!! I was totally freaked out….

      Then about a year later we went out to the cemetery during the daytime. I have heard its really pretty out there. I was fine until we went to the bridge. I walked a little ways on the bridge and started having a panic attack which is not in my character. Started feeling sick and dizzy. I have a feeling that something very bad happened under the bridge. I would advise people to stay off of that bridge!!

      Later that night, I was putting sheets on my bed. I was tucking the sheet under the mattress and something pulled my hair!!!! My cell phone was charging on the kitchen counter and I saw the light flashing on and off. My son and I walked over and looked at it and the time said 3:33……

      I think very bad things have happened out there. Satan worshippers may have opened portals that allow spirits to manifest. The energy is very bad and sad. I feel such sorrow for the spirits that may be trapped and are being toyed with for amusement.

      This is a dangerous place and is definately haunted. I recommend people stay away and let the spirits rest in peace. Someone should do something to stop people from “ghost hunting” there. There is no telling what all has gone on out there. There could have been murders out there for all we know.

      If you decide to go dont be surprised if something follows you home…. “ghost hunting” should be made illegal in my opinion. I think its terrible. Is it possible that when you die someone could call your name and trap you somewhere you don’t want to be and make you do things you dont want to do?? What if we are disrupting the peaceful afterlife that we are supposed to have in the next world….

    10. I had a friend who died there in the late 90’s he was helping the sheriff’s department watch over the cemetery. As several people have been known to try to raise the ghost of the witch who is buried there, the witch has iron throughout her grave and over the casket to keep her in the ground. She was the worst of the worst dealing on black magic

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