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#1 - Blood Road
Coordinates: 42.916237°, -83.282472°
Location Address: Blood Road, Metamora, Michigan
Blood Road in Metamora, Michigan is a 2-mile-long dirt roadway surrounded by swampy bogs and woodlands. It is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of a group of alleged devil worshippers who fled to Metamora during the late 1600's and early 1700's to escape the witchcraft trials occurring in New England at the time. It's said that the group used the wooded area surrounding Blood Road to perform dark occult rituals, including human sacrifices and the alleged summoning of demonic entities. Although no historical evidence is available to verify these claims many motorists traveling along Blood Road report encountering shadowy figures and apparitions lurking in the nearby marshes at night. In recent years locals have also claimed to encounter men and women dressed in cloaks gathered around bonfires meeting secretly in the woods, however most believe these stories to be nothing more than urban legends. Many also note that when wet, Blood Road turns a dark, red color similar to that of blood, however this is likely due to deposits of clay and other minerals found in the road.
#2 - Crybaby Bridge
Coordinates: 42.962976°, -83.240522°
Location Address: Wilder Road, Metamora, Michigan
Sometimes also referred to as "Crying Baby Bridge," the location known as Crybaby Bridge on Wilder Road in Metamora, Michigan was constructed in 1938, and is one of several such bridges with similar folklore found throughout the United States. The story of Crybaby Bridge is a popular urban legend throughout the United States which typically involves a mother and child who meet an untimely end on or around a bridge, and whose spirits now allegedly haunt the site of their death. Many cities in different states have their own version of this legend, but in this particular instance the story told by locals is about a young woman driving along Wilder Road. When she reaches the bridge crossing the South Branch Flint River her car stalls, and she exits the vehicle to attempt to investigate. When she returns, she discovers that her infant child has crawled to the edge of the bridge and fallen into the river below. Despite no historical evidence to validate these stories, many who park their car on Crybaby Bridge late at night claim to hear the disembodied sounds of a baby crying, or witness the apparition of an unidentified woman. Other urban legends claim that the woman's spirit can be summoned by parking on the bridge and honking the horn three times. See also: Crybaby Bridge (Folklore Encyclopedia).
#3 - White Horse Inn
Coordinates: 42.941757°, -83.288937°
Location Address: 1 E. High Street, Metamora, Michigan
The White Horse Inn in Metamora was constructed in 1848 as a general store, and is renowned as being one of the most haunted locations in the state of Michigan. It was purchased and remodeled for use as a stagecoach stop in 1850 by a man named Lorenzo Hoard, who passed away 1888. According to guests and employees, Lorenzo's spirit is said to haunt the White Horse Inn along with several other unidentified men and women. Those staying on the inn's 2nd floor often claim to encounter the spirit of a man believed to be Lorenzo Hoard, as well as a group of men who were killed in a fire. According to local historians the White Horse Inn is also rumored to have been used as a brothel at one point in time, as well as a hideout for slaves fleeing the south during the American Civil War. Another apparition frequently seen by guests is that of an unidentified man wearing a 1940's style tuxedo, with many claiming that the inn is also home to countless other spirits. In addition to encountering apparitions, employees and guests at the White Horse Inn report experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as lights flickering, cold spots, and doors slamming shut by themselves. Others report hearing the sounds of disembodied voices, whispers, and footsteps.
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, one of the internet’s most comprehensive databases for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New England, where he attended college for Computer Science.