The Myth of the Bloody Bridge: Fact or Myth?

The Myth of the Bloody Bridge: Fact or Myth?

Wednesday October 19 2022

The bridge is a popular attraction in Halloween

by Erin Gardner

Photo by Page Sutter/The Daily Standard

The Bloody Bridge on Route 66 in Saint Marys is the historical site of a frightening story involving love, resentment, and murder.

Street. Maris – On a cold autumn night in 1854, Minnie Warren and Jack Billings crossed a bridge just outside Spencerville as they were returning home from a party.

A lonely person with an ax was waiting for them on the bridge. Upon further inspection, the pair realize that it was Bill Jones, the man who competed for Warren’s affection and lost.

In a fit of rage and jealousy, Jones cut off Billing’s head in a single swing. Panicked, Warren screamed in horror before falling off the bridge into the water below to her death.

Now known as the Bloody Bridge, the site is a popular tourist destination, especially during Halloween.

The bridge is located off County Highway 182 in St. Marys, on the Topath Trail in Miami and the Erie Canal, and is a historic carriageway that runs the length of Uglais County from Minster to Spencerville, according to Alison Brady, an Uglaz County park. The Commissioner of Heritage Trails Park District.

According to legend (and the Heritage Trails Park District), Billings and Jones were once friends who worked as mule drivers for canal boats.

Billings worked on a boat named “Daisy” while Jones worked on the “Mini Warren,” a ship named after the captain’s beautiful daughter. Both men were fascinated by Warren, but Billings eventually won her heart.

In June 1854, both ships reportedly docked at Kossuth, and Billings and Warren went out to dinner and party. After the ceremony, Jones reportedly confronted them, swinging his ax and decapitating Billings on the bridge.

After letting out a heart-wrenching shriek, Warren fell into the water — although whether she fell or was pushed remains a mystery, according to the Heritage Trails Park District. Regardless, legend has it that her body was pulled out of the water later that night.

Almost immediately after Jones was murdered, residents began claiming that they had encountered a beheaded appearance on the bridge.

Others claimed, if they were brave enough to look over to the side, that they would see Warren staring at them from the water.

The park district also claims that Billings blood was stained on the bridge and was visible until the 1890s.

Park Commissioner Brady said she views the urban legend as an unconfirmed story.

Photo by Page Sutter/The Daily Standard

Mark tells the story of Bill Jones, Jack Billings, and Minnie Warren on an autumn night in 1854.

“It’s a great little ghost story,” she said. “I would put the Bloody Bridge story as one and enjoy it for what it’s worth. I don’t know if we have historical data to back that up.”

As for Jones, no one knows what happened. He was never seen again, and his whereabouts remained a mystery. However, some believe that the skeleton found near it belonged to Jones.

When a skeleton was found years later in a nearby well, people asked ‘Was it suicide or justice?’ According to a plaque set up by the Uglis County Historical Society in 1976.

Although she doesn’t believe the legend, Brady said it’s fun to watch other people’s reactions.

“I’ve been outside with groups and young children were looking down and seeing rust from the bolt holding the chassis together and I swear it was blood,” she said. “It’s a shout.”

True or not, the local legend epitomizes the public’s fascination with urban legends and other things that falter at night.

Photo by Page Sutter/The Daily Standard

The Bloody Bridge is a popular attraction, especially around Halloween.

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