Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Western Illinois


Western Illinois, or “the Tract,” has a peculiar and unique history. Politically and economically isolated from the rest of the state, this region was nicknamed after the Illinois Military Tract of 1812, which was a section of land set aside for veterans of the War of 1812. Prior to the 1970s, there were only five […]

Crybaby Bridge Outside of Monmouth, Illinois

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Many years ago, as lightning flashed and storm clouds swirled overhead, a young unwed mother—driven mad by the pain of abandonment, regret, and the fear of being ostracized—hurled her week-old baby boy over the trestles of this rural bridge into the swirling water below. Ever since, passersby have heard the spine-tingling cries of a baby […]

Spotlight: Crybaby Bridge


The “Crybaby Bridge” is a common folklore motif in the Midwest, and although the bridges may be different, their stories are very similar. One concerns a young mother who drowned her unwanted child in the river under the bridge, and the infant’s cries can still be heard. Another common story is that a bus or […]

Flashback: Crybaby Bridge – With Corrected Links


An earlier version of this article contained broken links – links to the actual .pdf have been included in this version. Mike started the engine once again and executed a flawless 3-point turnaround a few yards up the road from the bridge, while Emmer and Aurelia leaned against the steel trestles. The dark blue, Toyota […]

Testing the Bridge

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Charisma, 27, was a resident of Monmouth for many years and had her own interesting encounter at the area’s “Crybaby Bridge” as she and a friend tested the legend: “I grew up in Monmouth, living there most of my life, and of course had heard all of the stories about crybaby bridge. A few years […]


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