The Bridge – This creepy old bridge is located on Enoch’s Knob Road, between Washington and New Haven, Missouri. The river is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a little boy who fell off the bridge many years ago. The hole he supposedly fell through is supposed to still be there. (I checked, but it wasn’t there.) His spirit haunts underneath the bridge and sometimes resembles a serpent. (Urban Legend) There is also rumors of a man that committed suicide by jumping off the bridge. His ghost is supposed to haunt there, too. One mystery is that of the barking dogs. People used to say they could hear barking dogs, but claimed there were no dogs around. (Again, not true, there are dogs that live about a mile up the road.) There are other urban legends concerning the bridge. One is of a gnome with red glowing eyes that appears on Friday the 13th. Another one claims that if you chant “demon dog” three times, a headless dog with three legs will appear. There have also been reports of phantom cars chasing teenagers in the area. And still another story had the Enoch’s Knob Road sign mysteriously twisted or bitten off. People claim that its like you’re being watched.
Patrick Kennison – Pat Kennison fell from the bridge and died on the night of August 23rd 1987. He had been out drinking and partying with his friends out on the bridge. Apparently a car had gotten stuck in a cornfield and everybody went to help. Pat had stayed behind because he had been drunk and was of no use. He was also on painkillers prescribed to him after he had broken a hip. He then supposedly tried to climb the bridge. When everyone else returned, Pat was gone. They found him lying on the rocks below. At first they thought it was a joke, until someone went down there and said that he was dead. His friends and family swear that he had to have fallen on accident because he wouldn’t commit suicide. Pat is now buried at St. Gertrude’s in Krakow off of Highway KK. Some people believe he is responsible for the Enoch’s Knob Road signs disappearing.
History – Enoch’s Knob is the name of the tall pointed hill along the road near Highway 185. It is the highest elevation in Franklin County. It was named after Enoch Greenstreet, who was an early settler in the area. The water that the bridge crosses over is the Boeuf Creek and was named by the early French Settlers in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Lewis and Clark noted it in their journals as the Boeuf River. It may at one time before the bridge been known as Steiner’s Ford. There are many local legends about some of the tragedies that have happened here, including kids falling through the bridge or off the side, cars going off the side, spurned lovers hanging themselves from the high steel girders, and perhaps most amazingly, runaway slaves being hung from the side or top of the bridge as a warning to other would-be free men. Another mystery is why slaves were still being hung nearly forty years after the Civil War.
Besides Pat Kennison’s death, there are three known deaths that have happened here. In 2004, a man was murdered in his car. (Shot and then badly burned.) In the 1890’s a man and his son were swept out into the water and were drowned while attempting to cross a ford upstream.
I know some of this is kind of jumbled, but I plan to work on when I have some downtime. Trust me this place is creepy. I have visited it during the day and night. The bridge was built in 1902. Local legends indicate many tragedies happened here, including kids falling through the bridge or off the side, cars going off the side, spurned lovers hanging themselves from the high steel girders. The truth of the matter is much more mundane, and much more frightening, than popular myths. There are four known deaths associated with the bridge or the area. In 1986, a young man died from a fall during a party held out there in August. His spirit remains as one of the more active spirits in the vicinity. In 2004, a man was shot to death and his body burned after a drug deal went bad. Last November, Marc Housemann of the Washington Historical Society and his army of volunteers discovered a newspaper from the mid 1890’s with an article of the death of a man and his son, swept away and drowned while attempting a crossing of a ford just a few yards upstream from the current bridge location. The bodies were buried by locals, according to the paper, a short ways downstream from the ford. There is a voice speaking in German hbas been heard down here, saying there was a child under the bridge. This happened three years prior to the discovery of the newspaper article.
The bridge is closed and is slated to be torn down and replaced soon. A hole was also recently burned through the bridge and was reportedly patched up.