Ghosts of the Prairie


Danville, Indiana

The ghost of a Irish worker who was killed many years ago is said to haunt the remains of this old railroad trestle in Central Indiana. He was one of many Irish workers who were hired cheap to help build a bridge across White Lick Creek back in the 1850's.

The workers were building pylons that would support the bridge and doing this by framing up the sides of a base and pouring concrete inside. One afternoon, a wooden platform collapsed and dumped one of the workers into the wet cement. He slowly sank into the pylon and the other workers could hear his fists hammering against the wooden sides as he slowly drowned. There had been nothing that could have been done to save him.... one minute he was there and the next he had vanished!

Construction was delayed for several hours while the company tried to decide what to do. Finally, they declined to tear the pylon apart to find the body of a man who was obviously dead and work continued, despite the protests of some of the more superstitious workers.

For some years after that, local residents reported the sounds of the man's final screams as he pitched into the concrete could still be heard in the night. They also claimed, along with a number of railroad men, that the sounds of hammering could be heard coming from inside of the concrete pylon.

After the trestle was tom down many years later, people started to report the apparition of the man could be seen wandering the area, trying to flag down oncoming trains.

Danville, Indiana is located just west of Indianapolis on Highway 36. The haunted area is marked by a bridge that was built in 1906 that crosses White Lick Creek and a road. The concrete foundations of the original trestle can be found a short distance away.

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