"Screaming Bridge"

"Screaming Bridge"
It looks peacful enough during the day, but at night its a different story.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When I first heard about River Legacy Park being haunted, I was skeptical. Some of the stories just seemed crazy. However once I actually took a trip there, and saw first hand all the weird, unexplainable things I began to change my mind. I do believe that there is something supernatural going on in that park at night. I almost want to go back just to see what else I would see, however I believe it is best not to mess with those sorts of things because it can become dangerous. So while I would not go back there myself, I can tell you that the night I spent in River Legacy Park is one I will never forget.

Monday, October 25, 2010

There has not been a lot of documented investigation on the rumored hauntings in River Legacy Park. With all the rumors however, many people have gone to try and see for themselves if these stories hold any truth. I myself decided to see what I could find out about the hauntings of River Legacy Park. It was last halloween and me and 3 friends decided to go to the park because we had heard it was haunted. It was around 11 o'clock so the gates were closed and we had to walk in, we walked around for a while and nothing really seemed strange, but as it got closer to midnight things began to change. We spotted figures flashing across open fields and strage noises. All this scared us so much that we decided it was time to leave. Just as we turned around to begin what was probably a thirty minute walk back to the exit we saw a car began pulling up. We sprinted into the woods to avoid being seen, at the time thinking it was a park ranger. We were all crouching in the bushes as the car slowly pulled up to where we were hiding and stopped. It sat there for a while before pulling away. As we emerged from our hiding spots we saw that the car was somehow all the way across the park in what seemed to be mere seconds, we also began notice there was no road leading over there unless you circle the entitre park. Which would have been impossible to accomplish in such a short amount of time. Terrified, we sprinted all the way back to the car, we later learned that there are no park reangers in this park. So the question remains...who, or what, was in the park with us that night?

As with any story passed down over half a centurey, details will be changed and different variations of the story will emerege. It is said that the "screaming bridge" was not a head on collision, but a car full of young girls who were speeding across the bridge which had been burned out by some boys earlier that week. The boys were tried but not idited. (1)

(1) Car Falls into Creek Bed; Two Arlington Girls Killed. Dallas Morning News Archives.
Februrary 5, 1961. October 25, 2010.
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives

(2) Ghostly Desings. Screaming Bridge.
July 23, 2006. October 25, 2010.
http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locationid=9399

Friday, October 22, 2010

River Legacy Park has been rumored to be haunted for years now. Countless people have snuck into the park after closing to see if they can catch a glimpse of the paranormal activity that is said to take place in the park after closing. When I first heard these rumors, I did not think there could possibly be any truth to them; to me the stories just seemed unlikely.Ghost cars and haunting hobos just do not sound that realistic to me, but my mind quickly changed when I decided to pay a visit to this spooky little park after closing.
"Screaming Bridge"
There are many different stories of supernatural occurrences at River Legacy Park. The one which first drew me to this park was that of the "screaming bridge". It is said that late one night after a high school football game a car full of kids were speeding across a bridge when they collided, head on, with another car full of kids. No one survived as both cars bursts into flames and then plunged into the river below. The road to the bridge was closed off and now the only way you can get to it is by walking. It is said that if you go there at night and look into the water below, you can see glowing tombstones with the names of those that were killed along with the dates they died. If you go there on the night that it happened, which is said to be February 4th 1961, or very early on February 5th, you are supposed to sit in the middle of the bridge and at midnight a heavy fog will set and you will be able to see headlights coming from either direction while the chilling screams of all those who died that night erupt from the silence of the night. While there are a few variations of this story there are news paper articles that confirm that this event actually took place.

"Hell's Gate"
This is a spot that is not easy to find but those who do find it generally wish they hadn't. There is a giant dirt mound in which are two fence posts, these posts are all that is left of what used to be a gate that Union Spies passed through on their way to be hung, if you go there at night you can still here the sobs and cries of the soldiers as they are about to be executed. Some people also report seeing a Confederate General, in uniform wandering around in the area. Many people died at this spot and it is said to be teeming with the spirits that have been left behind.

"The Hobo"
The third, and final of the rumored hauntings is the story of the old hobo. River Legacy Park used to be where all the hobos would jump off the train to spend the night. Late one night a couple was parked in the park, when the man began beating the woman, knocking her unconscious. The hobo heard her screams and tried to pull the man out of the car, however in the struggle the hobo ended up being shot. The next morning the woman was found wandering around, half naked, and badly beaten, while the hobo lay dead next to where the car had been. It is now said that when lovers go to the park late at night, they hear a tap on their window and see the old hobo standing there in rags.



Sources:
Screaming Bridge. StrangeUSA.com.
August 23, 2006. October 22, 2010.
http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locationid=9399

Hells Gate. StrangeUSA.com
August 21, 2010. October 22, 2010.
http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?locationid=9398

Arlington-River Legacy Park. Huanted Locations Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
October 22, 2010.
http://www.carltodd.com/ghosthunter/haunted.htm

Thursday, October 21, 2010

How River Legacy Began

River Legacy Park was started by the River Legacy Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the parkland along the Trinity River. River Legacy Park has more than tripled in size since its gates first opened in 1990. The park has been rapidy growing through donations, fund raisers, and city grants. This is a very family friendly location, whether your just taking a jog or having you're childs birthday party, the park is generally filled with activity. Many reports of  wild cats being spotted in the park have been documented, however these animals have been quickly captured and realeased into reservations. For a while people became worried about the parks safty but they have trained speacialist on staff who know how to handle these situations, which helped ease the fears of park goers. It is a multi-use park; part nature preserve, part playfield, part picnic  place, part wedding pavilion, part jogging, walking, biking and blading park, with miles of trails, and both paved and unpaved biking trails. With such varied attractions this park has become one of the most popular in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.



 Sources:
"Our History" River Legacy.
2010. October 20, 2010.
http://www.riverlegacy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=135

"Arlington, Texas" Eyes on Texas.
2009. October 20, 2010.
http://www.durangotexas.com/eyesontexas/arlington/riverlegacy/riverlegacypark.htm