More From Gibbs Bridge
Gibbs Bridge and the surrounding area continues to be a wellspring of claims and tales of ghostly happenings.
It certainly is a far more popular legend than I had previously thought. Who knew that one little, tiny bridge out in the middle of nowhere could generate so much activity and buzz?
Granted, the easy access to the location could be one of the reasons it’s such a successful bit of folklore. Anyone willing to visit is virtually able to explore the area to their heart’s content, day or night. And, judging by the amount of graffiti to be found all over it, the bridge obviously holds a fascination with the youth as well.
But, are the stories legit?
Some of the versions I’ve heard make it sound as if someone, somewhere along the way, got their legends and locations mixed up.
Many of the stories concerning Gibbs Bridge sound eerily similar to the ones I’ve heard regarding the legend of the Headless Motorcyclist out in Elmore, Ohio or the spook light in Oxford, Ohio. In each instance, you’re told to park facing the bridge, flash your headlights three times and honk your horn three times in order to command the spirits to appear. Perhaps someone heard one of these old legends and thought it would be fun to apply the same kind of story to Gibbs Bridge?
Perhaps someone, at one time, did see something strange like a phantom light of some kind. Maybe they heard the other legends detailing the same kind of phenomena and just assumed that a similar goofy ritual would work just as well at Gibbs?
Or, maybe those stories of horn-honking and light-flashing are just bunk; just kids talking in the moonlight as they pass around their ill-gotten party supplies while trying to scare each other?
I think this is most likely the case. I don’t think blinking your headlights is going to summon anything except the ire of homeowners just down the road from the bridge.
I’ve even heard a fresh tale recently regarding how the bridge came to be haunted in the first place. According to this story, the bridge gained its paranormal reputation due to the murder of a popular high school football player.
Apparently, two other students who had been bullying this poor soul relentlessly, waited in the dark near the bridge one night. When they saw the football player approaching the bridge on his motorcycle, they pulled a piece of wire tightly across the bridge. Perhaps they only meant to use it to drag the boy off his motorcycle as some sort of cruel joke. Instead, the young football player was decapitated.
Again, notice the similarities with the Headless Motorcyclist of Elmore.
As gruesome as this story is, no records have been found that can prove it ever happened. Every time you turn around, every legend concerning Gibbs Bridge just doesn’t seem to pan out.
Stories of eyewitness accounts continue to pour in to my email concerning an array of strange sights and sounds encountered during the dead of night while standing on the bridge.
People are still claiming to hear the sounds of laughter coming from somewhere out of the darkness. They’re still claiming to hear the sounds of phantom engines revving and brakes squealing. Someone heard shouting once. Another, the sound of a metal-rending crash. And, yet, another claims to have just recently seen the shapes and shadows of phantom visitors moving about the bridge.
Activity continues to swirl around Gibbs Bridge and the stories continue to pile up.
If you’re ever in the area, maybe you should check it out for yourself.
Gibbs Bridge is located on Gibbs Road, just off of Sylvania-Metamora Road between Sylvania, Ohio and Berkey, Ohio.
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