River Road Bridge

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Locals tell of a woman who hanged herself here long ago. According to urban legend, if you park your car on the bridge at night and turn off the lights, you will see her shadow on the side of the bridge.

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    Geographic Information

    River Rd and Plymouth Rd
    Caldwell, ID
    United States

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    43.68893332228846, -116.68645433782046
    Canyon County, Idaho
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    1. Last Saturday as I was driving home from a friends house, at about 11 pm, I crossed this bridge. On the right hand side, I could sort of see a shadow. Having heard the legend a time or two from other locals, I stopped my car to take a peek. Sure enough there was a somewhat womanish looking figure off to the side. A passing car stopped to see if I needed help with something, and i proceeded to show them the shadow.

      • Ive investigated this bridge many times with a team and my page is Realm of the Unknown Investigations of Idaho… lead investigator…ive seen things and felt demons and their wrath after many visits!!!i i have many pictures if you don’t believe me… including a pic of Mary who hung herself on the bridge. I Even know things that know one but me knows about the events of why Mary hung herself

    2. I was raised near by and had heard the legend many times so two friends and I went to check it out. We ate a pizza by the river and wandered over the bridge around dusk. While we were goofing off and looking at the river I saw a guy run across the water and never touch the water. I took off in a dead sprint leaving my friends behind wondering what was going on. I new what I saw and was freaked out. We couldn’t find our keys and started looking for them when we heard a voice call to us from the island in the river. A young man sat in a tree talking to us, but he had no legs and no way to get to the island. We talked to him but when we would get closer to the river to try and see him better, he kept repeating “stay away from the water” in a shaky panicked voice. I have never returned to the bridge since this experience and I don’t ever plan on doing it again. I still get chills thinking about it.

    3. Yesterday me and my friends went to the bridge. We rolled down are window and turned off are light. We heard a woman screaming, we also had a friend on the phone. Then all of sudden are phones started glitching and we and my friend (I asked him the next day) he didn’t hang up either ( he had no idea what we were doing and where we were going) We tried to start the car but it wouldn’t stop and we hear the woman who screamed get closer and she ran in to the water.

    4. Rumor is the bridge was where “the forlorn woman,” supposedly the illegitimate daughter of American author Stephen Crane, hung herself after being spurned as a Mistress once she found she was with child. Some versions of the story have it that a local pig farmer, from a wealthy back east family, had her hung to avoid a scandal. Regardless, the legend is she can see an untrue heart and punishes the lying lover. Many a parking date was probably had near the bridge by women who suspected a cheating man.

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