Harmony - The Haunted Bridge that was Made So?
There are a few 'haunts' that currently are being looked into for various reasons that, until modern "would be ghost hunters" started frequenting them, don't seem to have a historical ghost report to speak of. I've often mused whether these non-haunted haunted spots the become haunted... in other words, because people want there to be a ghost, one manifests itself in some form... be that summoning something or PKI phenomena (manifesting from the unconscious mind into a semi-physical form) or that the place just gathers such a reputation that people experience things that are illusory due to the "fact" they must see a ghost in a reportedly "haunted" locale. Who knows but we are watching the more modern ones with great interest.
Then, there are legends that spring up because the "good scare" element may have gone wrong...
All that remains of a "haunted" bridge in Harmony is the road to and from it (gravel with ditches on both sides) and it's old stone supports on either bank of a gully. According to JRC's Mysteries of Ontario, "it once stood on Gore of Downie, Zora Boundary Road, outside Harmony." the original wood and steel-pipe structure was replaced decades ago by a more modern bridge, the stories remain.
Basically, it was a "well known" warning of sorts that people should be wary crossing the bridge after darkness had set in. Again, according to JRC, Parents of the early twentieth century would warn their children: "Watch out for the wolves; if the wolves don't get you, you'll be swallowed up by the bottomless swamp; if you survive that, the ghost will get you."
With this kind of legend, it's a natural that young folks would choose the site for thrills and dares.
In the 1950's, a man was terrified on the bridge by a figure that lunged towards him; he beat the figure to death only after to realise that it was his own brother playing a prank on him. Again, according to the book, in the 1970's there was automobile accident on or near the bridge that claimed the lives of a mother and her child.
Since then and even recently according to one e-mail we have received, young folks have dared each other to stay on the bridge after midnight... and have reported hearing strange sounds and seeing figures on or very close to the bridge that seem to defy "natural" elements.
Is the bridge truly "haunted"? We don't know and we hope to be able to look into more thoroughly ourselves in the future.
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