Summit Cut Bridge

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On Shenango Road, just before it meets Ashwood Road, is Summit Cut Bridge (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Summer Cut Bridge). The bridge, locals say, has a ghostly white lady. Legend has it that she fell off the bridge onto the railroad tracks in 1894. Her spirit is said to appear around midnight on rainy nights, walking along the tracks.

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Shenango Rd
Beaver Falls, PA
United States

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40.81656888600592, -80.37485253815248
Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Nearest Towns:
Big Beaver, PA (0.8 mi.)
New Galilee, PA (1.8 mi.)
Homewood, PA (2.4 mi.)
Darlington, PA (2.5 mi.)
Koppel, PA (3.0 mi.)
Thompson, PA (3.1 mi.)
West Mayfield, PA (3.2 mi.)
New Beaver, PA (4.1 mi.)
Eastvale, PA (4.7 mi.)
Enon Valley, PA (5.0 mi.)


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  1. Her name was josephine cox married to leroy cox which were my great great grandparents and from darlington Pennsylvania. .she was in horse and buggy and her horse was spooked by the train whistle which threw her from the bridge.

      • T.J. LYNN, Jr.  |  

        Cousin Louetta Dawnie Cox-Lebeck is correct. Josephine COX nee MUSSER (1863-1894) who was killed at Summit Cut when her buggy went over the embankment after being scared by a train, is my 1st Cousin 4x removed. This bridge did not exist in 1894. She is the wife of Issac Wilson “Willis” or “Wils” COX (1844–1930). Submitted by T.J. LYNN, Jr. Lakewood, WA. 08 JUN 2023.

  2. My great-great-uncle George H. Durke returned home after the Civil War and worked for the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago RR. He kept payroll records for the work crew who widened Summit Cut in the late 1800’s to make room for four tracks. Yes, at one time there were four tracks through the cut. Of course, this was before Josephine Cox fell to her death from the bridge.

    • I am antacid history researcher of Homewood History and Mr Durke spears in my files several times. I would be interested in speaking with you further about him.

  3. We are currently just returned from the bridge 10 minutes ago. We were there at 11:30 pm crossed the entire bridge and back and hadn’t felt any eerie feelings. Though it has a creepy feel at night, dark and cold out.

  4. My father worked on the railroad. This bridge goes over The Highland Cut, not the summit cut. The railroad even has maps over 100 years old with this name. Apparently there was a town near it named Highland town. Besides that he never had a ghost sighting there in over 35 years and he was there at all times day and night.

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