Michigan's Most Haunted Bridges - Hell’s Bridge in Algoma Township #hauntedbridges




Hell’s Bridge is an infamous little metal footbridge in the middle of the woods that crosses over Cedar Creek (that feeds into the Rogue River) in Algoma Township, near Rockford. Some records suggest that the original bridge was stone but it crumbled into the water and was replaced by a metal structure.

Many in Michigan have heard the horrible tale of the diabolical child murderer Elias Friske.  It has been told, and retold, and embellished upon then retold again. Numerous websites keep republishing the horrific tale.
The entire story was been debunked in Ghosts of Grand Rapids by Nicole Bray and Robert DuShane.

The tale seems to have originated with a now- disbanded group of paranormal investigators who once worked together at Studio 28, an old movie theater.

The legend started with a serial killer in the mid-1800s stalking a town known as Laphamville, which is now Rockford.

Story goes that a bunch of children went missing and the townsfolk were scared. They turned to the church for comfort, answers, and help.

An older man was at the church and asked to preach that day. He spoke of fire, brimstone and demons. He prayed for the children to be spared from the evil.

Inspired by the sermon the townspeople organized a search party to go looking for the children.

They left the remaining children in the care of Elias Friske. He said he’d take them on a picnic.

Big mistake.

Friske tied the children together under the guise of “not wanting to lose anyone else” and marched the tethered ones into the woods. When they arrived at the river Fiske tied the children to a tree.

As they moved around they caught whiff of a horrible stench. Friske pulled away the leaves and branches to uncover the skinned and rotting bodies of the other children.

Friske then proceeded to kill the children one-by-one and dump the bodies into the river.

The townspeople returned to town only to find everyone gone. They went back out and walked along the river until they found the bodies of their young floating in the water.

They followed Friske’s bloody footprints and found him babbling and covered in blood swearing that the devil made him do it.

The men of the town grabbed the rope Friske had used to tie up the children and hung him on the spot. But the rope snapped and the river swelled, the suddenly fast moving current quickly took him down the river. His body was never found.

Now people say the area is infested with the evil forces that drove Friske mad and the water is haunted by the murdered children. Many have claimed to see the faces of children in the water and have heard their anguished screams piercing the night. Glowing red eyes have been seen on the bridge and in the nearby woods. Some even claim that hands have reached out from the water and tried to pull them in as they cross the bridge.

One urban legend says that if you hang out on the bridge at midnight you can hear the devil laughing.

Researchers have not found any truth to the story of Elias Friske and the murdered children.

Nicole Bray dug deep to try and find any truth to the story. She found members of the Friske family but no Elias. There were no newspaper articles or criminal records involving anything similar to the legend.

Turns out even the bridge is wrong.

The bridge that everyone goes to is actually a metal footbridge that crosses a creek that feeds the Rogue River. It’s only about 5 feet from the creek. Not high enough to hang anyone from.

Some think the bridge in the legend is north of the metal footbridge  and now part of the White Pine Trail.

The whole thing makes a good story and that’s why the legend continues to be shared. Visitors still claim to see children floating in the water, and often hear laughs and screams, even singing coming from the bridge and surrounding area.

Hell’s bridge is located in the woods of Algoma Township, northwest of Rockford.  If you visit please respect the location and private property.

Interview with Nicole Beauchamp Author of Haunted Bay City, Michigan #hauntedbaycity #hauntedmichigan


Please welcome Nicole Beauchamp to A Bewitching Guide to Halloween. Her new release, Haunted Bay City Michigan is part of the Haunted America Series, same as my book, Haunted Flint.



Welcome Nicole, what started your fascination with the paranormal?

I have had an interest in the paranormal my entire life. As a child, I would draw photos of girls ghost hunting and talking to the spirits. Many people get into the field because of a show or movie, but for me, it has been a lifelong fascination. 

How long have you been investigating haunted locations?

A little over 11 years with my current team, but about 15 years in general.

Out of all your investigations, has there been a place that really terrified you?

I don’t know about “terrified” me, but there has definitely been some places that have been far more active than others. One of those places is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV. I’ve had some amazing paranormal encounters there and it remains my favorite location to date. 

Can you tell us a little about the book, Haunted Bay City, Michigan?

The book is a collection of different legends and ghost stories from within my hometown of Bay City, MI. In the book, I also stress the importance of historical preservation, aim to set the record straight about the paranormal community, and encourage people to appreciate those around them that are still alive. I hope my book inspires people to go out into their own communities and make a difference.

How long have you been working on it?

I signed my contract with the publisher on November 24, 2019 and submitted my manuscript on April 21, 2020. I finished about 4 months ahead of my scheduled deadline.

How many haunted locations are in the book?

10

Which Bay City location was your favorite to investigate?

The Sage Library so far! It was a lot of fun and very active. Plus, I just love the people at the Bay County Library System. They’re a wonderful, supportive crew of people. It makes all the difference.

If someone wanted to get into paranormal investigations what equipment should they invest in?

I think a recorder and camera are a good place to start. However, over the years, I’ve dwindled down the amount of equipment I’ve used in cases. I think a personal experience means so much more than trying to “prove” something to other people. 

Any specific brands or models that you recommend?

I like the Sony digital recorders and for really good photos, I’d invest in a professional Canon or Nikon camera, but they are super expensive. 

What pieces of equipment are considered the basics any ghost hunter should have? A voice recorder? Camera? Video camera?

Motion sensor cameras are also something I’ve used and really like a lot. So I’d probably add that to the list of having a regular camera and audio recorder. Other than that, just go out and live in the moment.

Have you tried any of the ghost hunting phone apps? If so, do any of them actually work?

I’m not sure if any of them are actually legitimate but I used the Ghost Radar app a few times. I got the name “Mary” one time while investigating at Waverly Hills, in the same area where a nurse, Mary Hillenburg, hung herself.

Do you have any psychics/mediums on your team?

We do not. I’m an intuitive empath but I don’t think that counts? Haha.

What’s next for you? Do you have any other books in the works?

I’m open to any opportunities that come my way. It will be fun seeing where this road will lead me.



Haunted Bay City, Michigan
Nicole Beauchamp

ISBN: 9781467146708
PUBLISHER: The History Press
DATE: 9/14/2020
STATE: Michigan
SERIES: Haunted America
IMAGES: 47
PAGES: 112

At the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron lies historic Bay City, a gorgeous town with a dark past. In its early days, a six-block strip known as Hell’s Half Mile was an epicenter of debauchery and brutality. This tumultuous history has left a deep paranormal imprint on the area. A sinister Victorian lady terrorizes those who visit the upper level of the Bay City Antiques Center. The ghost of a disfigured little girl roams Sage Library. And the former caretaker of the USS Edson lovingly tends the ship after death as he did in life. Local author and paranormal investigator Nicole Beauchamp takes you on a bone-chilling journey through Bay City’s most haunted locales.





About the Author:

Nicole Beauchamp is a native of Bay City, Michigan, and received her bachelor’s degree in applied science from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. With a lifelong passion for the paranormal and history, Nicole founded the Tri-City Ghost Hunters Society in 2009. Since forming the group, she has presented at libraries and universities across the state of Michigan with the goal of educating individuals on the paranormal and expressing the importance of preserving history through investigation. She has had the honor of co-lecturing with renowned paranormal researcher John E.L. Tenney, and her work has been featured in dozens of national and international publications. In 2015, she wrote a guest editorial for TAPS Paramagazine and was featured on Beyond Reality Radio, where she was recognized for her hard work and dedication to the paranormal by Jason Hawes, the star of Travel Channel’s Ghost Nation. In February 2019, she was featured on the cover of Paranormal Underground magazine. In addition to the paranormal, she loves traveling and animals. She hopes to continue to tour Michigan in order to enlighten individuals on the spirit realm.

https://www.facebook.com/hauntedbaycitymichigan/

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Michigan's Most Haunted Bridges - White’s Bridge in Keene Township #hauntedbridges



White’s Bridge was a beautiful Brown Truss covered bridge in Keene Township, near Smyrna Michigan on the Flat River.

Built in 1869, White’s Bridge was the third to be built in that location.

The original bridge was built in 1840 by Levi T. White and his sons. It was a rustic corduroy bridge made of logs.  A second bridge, built around 1856, was condemned in the early spring thaw of 1866 after being damaged by jammed up ice.

The residents contracted with Jared N. Bresee, builder of the Fallasburg Bridge, and J.N. Walker to build the covered truss bridge.  It was built in just 84 days with the help of horses and oxen. It was named after the White family who built the first bridge in that location known as White’s Crossing.

Soon after the bridge was built there were whisperings that a witch was at work in the area. An angry mob descended on her, dragged her to the bridge, and hung her.

The bridge was listed with the Michigan State Register on February 17, 1965. It was awarded a Michigan Historical Marker on July 2, 1965.

By Lar 

Other than needing an occasional siding or cedar roof shingle replacement, White's Bridge retained its original form and structure. It was the oldest covered bridge still using parts of the original structure in Michigan until July 7, 2013 when it was destroyed by fire. The cause was determined to be arson.

Throughout the years many people have claimed to see her ghost on the bridge. Some suffered from sudden feelings of nausea, others claimed to have felt like they were being watched. A few even claimed to see her specter swinging from the rafters.

According to a commenter on GhostsofAmerica.com there is also an urban legend that a man killed his wife, children, and two friends under the historic bridge with a chainsaw and claimed that if you drove onto the bridge, put the car in neutral and turn it off, their spirits will move your car across the bridge.

The Whites Bridge Historical Society and Kent County Road Commission raised money for a replica bridge to replace the one lost to fire. A $350,000 Michigan Enhancement Grant was secured by State Senator Mike Nofs in 2017 but after 6 years the bridge was still not rebuilt.  The Michigan Department of Transportation Local Bridge Fund contributed a large amount and they finally got the green light to move forward with building the new bridge but weather caused delays. 

Photo by John Lindgren 

The new bridge was completed in April 2020.


Book Signing Saturday September 12


Drop by R&B Used Books to meet author Roxanne Rhoads.

Copies of her newest release, Pumpkins and Party Themes, and Haunted Flint will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, September 12 2 PM EDT – 4 PM EDT
R&B Used Books 12830 Saginaw Rd # F, 
Grand Blanc, MI 48439



Pumpkins and Party Themes
50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life
By Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse 
Release Date: August 25, 2020
ISBN-10: 1510751165
ISBN-13: 978-1510751163


Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let's get literary, and more!


With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!




Haunted Flint 
Haunted America Series
by Roxanne Rhoads  and Joe Schipani 

Release Date: September 2, 2019
Publisher: The History Press

About the Book:

Home to ancient burial grounds, unsolved murders, economic depression and a water crisis, Flint emits an unholy energy rife with ghostly encounters. 

Colonel Thomas Stockton's ever-vigilant ghost keeps a watchful eye over his family home at Spring Grove, where guests occasionally hear the thump of his heavy boots. 

Restless spirits long separated from their graves lurk among the ancient stones at Avondale Cemetery. Carriage maker W.A. Paterson's spirit continuously wanders the halls of the Dryden Building, and something sinister and unnamed resides in a Knob Hill mansion waiting to prey on impressionable young men. 

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint's most haunted locations.

Fun-kins Artificial Carvable Pumpkins Featured in Pumpkins and Party Themes


Fun-kins Artificial Carvable Pumpkins sponsored Pumpkins and Party Themes by sending pumpkins to use in the DIY designs.

Here are several of the Fun-kins that are featured in the book. 
Some of the styles I used are no longer sold- like the black and white Senecas. 
However, they have new similar varieties to take their place.

Mina and Dracula from Gothic Elegance 
I believe both this and the clock are the 8" Classic

 Clock from Gear up for A Steampunk Adventure

Steampumpkin from Gear up for a Steampunk Adventure
The Fun-kin used is Orange Skully


Blood Splatter from Blood Bash 
 White Seneca Fun-kin 


Mad Scientist from Welcome to Dr. Frankenstein's Laboratory
The Fun-kin used is Orange Skully

Skull And Roses from Gothic Elegance
Fun-kin used is a Black Seneca



Coffin from Blood Bash
The Fun-kin used is Boss



Count Orlok from Blood Bash
The Fun-kin is a White Seneca


Sherlock Holmes from Let's Get Literary
Fun-kin used is Prince


Books from Let's Get Literary
The Fun-kin is Boss


Frankie and the Bride from Dr.Frankenstein's Laboratory 
Fun-kins used are Harvest Moon





Pumpkins and Party Themes
50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life
By Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse 

Release Date: August 25, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let's get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!


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