American History & Hauntings


The Greensboro Hitchhiker

Greensboro, North Carolina

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(Photos by Jaeme Haviland) The photos above show the area rumored to still be haunted by Lydia today. The two images on the right show the original underpass where Lydia was often seen. It is no longer in use and is almost covered by kudzu today. The other photos (left) shows the modern underpass which replaced it. Lydia is still appears here on occasion.

Stories of phantom hitchhikers have been a part of ghostlore since ghost stories began to be told. In the old days, before automobiles, people told of picking up passengers in carriages and buggies, only to have them vanish before reaching their destination. Many of these stories exist as nothing more than urban legends that have been handed down from one generation to the next, but there are others that appear to be disconcertingly real... stories with reliable witnesses and strange facts which cannot be disputed.

Could this tale be one of them?

There has said to have been the ghost of a beautiful young girl who has been appearing near Greensboro since 1923. She stands next to the US Highway 70 Underpass in a white evening gown and waves frantically for someone to stop and pick her up.
Those hapless travelers who do are introduced to a young woman who says her name is Lydia and she always ask them to please take her to an address in High Point. She always tells them that she has spent the evening at a dance in Raleigh and is anxious to get home, having run into car trouble on the way.
Just as the drivers approach the house, the girl always vanishes from their car, never opening the door and getting out.... just simply there one minute and gone the next!

Those drivers who go on to inquire at the house are always told the same thing... that Lydia died in a car wreck many years ago, coming home from a dance in Raleigh and perishing at the US Highway 70 underpass.

Greensboro is located in the north central part of North Carolina and the infamous underpass can be found on Highway 70, between Greensboro and High Point.

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