Like Barrington’s Cuba Road, Munger Road sits at the periphery of the Chicago Suburbs and has attracted a number of strange legends. The road itself penetrates deep into Pratts Wayne Woods and until recently was fairly remote and not very well traveled. Rumours of abandoned houses and occult practices abound. Motorists have also reported being chased by a wolf with glowing red eyes as well as a vanishing Oldsmobile.
Perhaps the most famous legend centres on the now-defunct railroad tracks that intersect with Munger. The legend is a familiar one: three children pushed a baby carriage across the tracks just in time to save it from a passing train. Unfortunately, the children were killed. Today, if your car happens to stall on the tracks, phantom hands will push it to safety. While that is a common rural legend, a train did in fact derail nearby…
The many legends of Munger Road were the backdrop for the 2011 horror movie of the same name, written by Nicholas Smith and produced by Kyle Heller. In the film, two police officers from St. Charles heard about four teenagers who have gone missing while investigating the story of the children killed at the train crossing. They fear that a serial killer is involved in the disappearance of the teens.
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