Iowa November 04, 2016
The Story Behind This Haunted Covered Bridge In Iowa Is Truly Disturbing
We hear often about chilling stories of haunted houses and restless spirits, but what’s a little more unusual is a tale of a haunted covered bridge. Turns out, we have one right here in Iowa. The covered bridges of Madison County are enchanting. So enchanting, they even served as the set for the movie, “The Bridges of Madison County.” But one of those bridges has a darker history than the others. Roseman Covered Bridge is a hotbed of supposed supernatural activity.
Plenty of supernatural activity has been reported in the bridge, including hearing muffled laughs, men yelling, wagon wheels crossing over the bridge’s floor, an unexplained cold spot right in the middle of the bridge and even apparitions.
People have also described unusual experiences walking their dogs across the bridge. The dog’s hackles will rise on the back of its neck, as though it senses something that can’t be seen.
There are at least two haunting stories in the bridge’s past. One involves forbidden love. Legend goes that a young couple in love was doomed due to the woman’s father’s disapproval of the relationship. One night, the young man was coming to call on his love and was met by the young woman’s father and friends instead.
The group chased after the young man, and he turned and galloped away from them on his horse. The people chasing the young man claimed to have seen him go into the bridge on horseback, but only the horse emerged from the other end. The young man was never seen or heard from again.
Another story from the bridge’s history involves an escaped convict. According to the legend, a man escaped from the Madison County Jail. As he was chased by the sheriff's posse into the bridge, the men went to either end of the bridge to catch him as he tried to exit.
The onlookers suddenly heard a bloodcurdling scream coming from the escaped convict. When they went inside the bridge to investigate, he was gone, as though he had vanished into thin air.
Have you run into a ghost at this covered bridge? Iowa has no shortage of haunted places. There’s Nothing More Terrifying Than These 10 Genuinely Haunted Houses In Iowa.