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Theorosa's Bridge near Wichita, KS

Theorosa's Bridge is a bridge in Valley Center, Kansas, a small town just north of Wichita. The bridge was once a beautiful wood and iron bridge that has burned down twice and was rebuilt in 1991 to be the concrete bridge it is today.

There are numerous legends surrounding Theorosa's Bridge and its namesake. In some stories Theorosa is a mother, in others she is a baby or small child. The stories date back to the late 19th century. In some, Theorosa is a settler, in others, a Native American. All the stories involve a woman having an illegitimate child and a scorned man exacting revenge. Supposedly the child was thrown into the waters under the bridge and the ghost of the mother continues to search for her daughter today.

While the story sounds like your everyday urban legend, local residents and various visitors report numerous strange occurrences over the bridge. There are reports of cold breezes when crossing the bridge and bright lights. People claim their cars have stalled when crossing the bridge. They are also people who claim to hear both a woman sobbing and a baby crying. Daredevils have tried to summon the occurrences by shouting that they have the missing child. The spirit will supposedly try to hurt all who do so.

Unfortunately, over time, the once beautiful bridge has been covered with trash and graffiti by those who have come to experience the legend themselves. It is still worth a trip to check out the simple bridge with the secret behind it.


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