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The Many Mysteries of Rogues Hollow Road

[Mysteriousheartland.com] Rogues Hollow is a geologic depression and former town located south of the village of Doylestown in northeastern Ohio, a few miles southwest of Akron. Though long defunct, the road and bridge of the same name has long been a magnet for legends. Today, Doylestown celebrates its unique heritage with the Rogues’ Hollow Festival, an annual event which takes place the first Friday and Saturday of August.

Rogue's Hollow: History and Legends by Russell Frey

Rogue’s Hollow: History and Legends by Russell Frey

Though one of many “crybaby bridges” scattered throughout rural Ohio, Rogues Hollow’s notorious history makes it unique. Rogues Hollow was formed after centuries of erosion by the meandering of Silver Creek, and the area was settled in the early 1800s when coal deposits were discovered. In 1958, Russell Frey printed a collection  of area history called Rogue’s Hollow: History and Legends. He described the mining community as rough-and-tumble, full of taverns, violent episodes, and tormented spirits.

One old legend is of the Chidester Mill ghost. The ghost was believed to belong to a mill worker who fell into the wheel and was crushed to death beneath the churning waves. The ghost guarded the area jealously, and supposedly started a fire in the Chidester House because an outsider expressed interest in purchasing it.

According to Frey, the legend most associated with Rogues Hollow was not a crybaby bridge, but a headless horse. The Ghost Oak Tree once stood at the top of a hill near Route 65. One branch hung so low, riders had to duck to avoid being smacked in the head as they passed. According to legend, one unfortunate horse ran into the branch (weighted down by ice) at full speed, and it severed the animal’s head. From then on, riders reportedly saw a devil or impish creature sitting on the headless horse beneath the tree.

A more modern legend is the crybaby bridge. At the bottom of the hollow, a bridge crosses Silver Creek. According to legend, a car traveling across the bridge slid on ice and plunged into the creek. Its occupants were killed instantly, but their baby was stranded in the car and slowly starved to death. Today, it’s cries can be heard in the surrounding woods. Other variations on the tale claim a woman threw her newborn baby off the bridge.

More ghost stories circulate about the old foundations and mines of Rogues Hollow. Eyewitnesses report seeing the gray, whispy figure of a woman in a frontier dress, and hearing an old train. Today, Rogues Hollow is a park and historic site maintained by the Chippewa-Rogues Hollow Historical Society. The park is closed at night, but visitors can enjoy this unique piece of history during the day.

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  1. slsmith7632 says:

    Hi Michael, I have uncovered the most plausable explanation of past pharanornal activity lelated to Rogues Hollow Bridge. In my youtube song titled “Rogues Hollow Bridge”, I post hidden clues (mostly in the form of homophones) that will lead others to discover the actual girl (her name, and other hard facts) that were behind the haunting of this bridge.

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    • You’ve piqued my interest. Do you have a link to the video?

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      • slsmith7632 says:

        Hey michael, I’m out of state away from my mac. So I’m not sure how to send you the link from my android. But just go to youtube and type “rogues hollow bridge”. Look for the thumbnail of a girl posted by name; Steve smith. The video and song aren’t that great, it’s all about the lyrics and the secret held within. I was thinking about awarding a prize to the one who could solve this and find the truth behind the legend.

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      • Creepy. Do you mind if I share this video with my readers? Maybe one of them can solve the mystery

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      • slsmith7632 says:

        Hey Michael, sure you can share the video, thanks. I could tell you all the hidden secrets to this fact based story if you would consider a possible colaboration and agree not to pass on shared information. If you find merrit in this story (and I’m sure you will), I would give you publishing rights for a possible book, and i would keep any video, lyric, and song rights associated with our work. I have some good ideas for a book you may like to entertain. I have found the girl that is a best fit for this haunting of rogues hollow, I have her grave marker pic, her death cert. copy, her father’s pic, etc.. thanks for listening, I’m probably getting ahead of myself but…

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