Friday, July 24, 2009

Hemlock Road - Independence, Ohio

From the Creepy Cleveland Archives
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Contributed by Steve


Hemlock Rd. in the city of Independence is by far one of the most haunted places in Ohio. It all started back when settlers were coming to Ohio and taking over Indian territory. Legend has it that two settlers were hunting in the woods near what is now Hemlock Rd. when they noticed an Indian girl sitting near the Cuyahoga river in her canoe. The three settlers approached the girl and jumped into the boat and began beating and raping the helpless girl. The boat started down stream, when suddenly the vessel had capsized and all three had died. When the Chief of the tribe had caught word of what had happened to his daughter, he put a curse on that area of the river. Since then many unexplained and strange things have happened on the old road and river.
A portion of Hemlock Rd. was closed about 7 years ago. The only way to get back there now is to walk if one is brave enough. If you walk about half way down the road and go to the right before the bridge, if you are lucky enough you will come across the remains of the old indian burial ground where the Chief rests. Many have said if you listen close enough you can hear him cry out his daughters name.
Another haunting is the Hemlock bridge that once ran over the Cuyahoga river. It is no longer there today for a couple of mysterious reasons. A little over 80 years ago two kids were playing jokes on cars and other motorists driving by at dark. They would climb the tree with the thick branches that hung over the bridge. When cars would pass by they would drop a ghost they had made from sheets and fishing line. At that time the fishing line was a little stronger than the line we use today. They had spotted another car coming down the road, only this one was missing one head light. When the car approached the bridge the ghost was dropped directly on the motorist who was not driving a car with one head light but a motorcycle. The strong fishing line wrapped around his neck and the man instantly lost his head. Did this happen because of the Chief's curse? The ghost of the man can still be seen today. Town records stated the man died at 11:57 p.m. If you want to see the ghost of the headless man, stand near where the bridge would have been. Make sure to bring a piece of sheet and a small piece of fishing line and throw them off into the river at exactly 11:57p.m. You will then witness a headlight coming over towards you from the other side of the river. Don't be frightened to run. The light will vanish in the exact spot where he lost his head. Dozens of people have witnessed this, many trying to forget about it just don't want to talk about it. I myself had seen the ghost and I can honestly say that I will never be returning back to Hemlock Rd. for anything!!

18 comments:

  1. Dude.. i lived in independence for 24yrs and was always hiking in those woods...i never once saw anything in that vicinity... the woods on the other hand is rather spooky tho.. ;) dont get me started on the indian burial ground..

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    1. I lived in independence right at the cornee of I think cherry st and hemlock right befor the barricade and was curious areyou alloud to camp down there

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  2. Well, the bridge is still there...That road was never used for traffic of any kind, in fact it there is a just a path used for hiking. The person that wrote the original post is an idiot.

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    1. The bridge was used for vehicles at one time.

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    2. It used to connect with another road that went to the quarry

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  3. Hemlock Rd used to be open to traffic. It was closed off because there was a deadly crash. There used to be shacks down there and the people worked at the quarry. Never saw ghosts but I know the Native Americans were down there and I've visted the burial grounds many times. Oh and for the guy that commented above me you are talking about pretty bridge not the Stone rd bridge that the original post is talking about. Two diff bridges.

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  4. why did they close that road anyways. that use to be my bus route as a kid. it was scary down there. i went back a couple years later to show my wife and the road was closed. who closed and why.?

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  5. There were alot of accidents. Some deadly. The city of Independence decided to close it prob about 17yrs ago. It's now owned by the National Park and Hemlock rd is going to be connected to the topath on Canal.

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  6. Yeah the bridge over the creek is still there, the bridge that went over the river is gone. The Indian burial ground is a small one and is spooky...

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  7. I was here this past fall and after a little time we found the burial ground. It does exist! Creepy...

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  8. I was at the burial ground once about 15 years ago with friends. I went back a few years back and got lost in the woods and could not find it. Cany ANYONE give decent directions how to find it. Thanks!

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  9. you drive right down hemlock road til theres a dead end. then you have to get out of the car and hop over the little gate to get down there and just keep walking down the abandoned road soon you'll see a path to the right go there. A lot of kids still go there today including me but everytime i go down there it doesnt feel haunted to me more peaceful.

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  10. I know where the bridge is but where can i find the indian burial ground

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  11. There was a bridge that used to go over the cuyahoga river many moons ago. I can't quite remember when they tore it down. I remember it being in bad shape and was deteriorating. I have heard this story a long, long time ago when I was a teen. I never knew there was an actual burial ground back there but did hear about the ghost of an Indian on horse back that would be seen riding around by the pond/lake not far from the first bridge as mentioned above. At my old age I can't see walking back there anymore. Any pictures would be nice if someone is brave enough to walk down Hemlock Rd.

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  12. I Grew up on the bottom of Hemlock Road and never seen anything remotely supernatural down there without the help from hallucigenics.

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  13. I live in the house that is the last one on the street before the road ends. I wake up every morning and look at the top of the path that decends down towards the river. I have heard several things that are spooky but can be explained with science. I have however seen several things in the woods that I cant discribe or explain. A few years ago I cam home from working nights at around 4-5 AM. I was trying to find my keys for the front door when across the street, just a few feet into the woods I could hear somthing walking fast. I heard the branches breaking under its feet and a slight grunt with the cadence of its step. I was freaked out and went inside and locked the door!!!!

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  14. I live in the house that is the last one on the street before the road ends. I wake up every morning and look at the top of the path that decends down towards the river. I have heard several things that are spooky but can be explained with science. I have however seen several things in the woods that I cant discribe or explain. A few years ago I cam home from working nights at around 4-5 AM. I was trying to find my keys for the front door when across the street, just a few feet into the woods I could hear somthing walking fast. I heard the branches breaking under its feet and a slight grunt with the cadence of its step. I was freaked out and went inside and locked the door!!!!

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    1. I'm an amateur ghost hunter, would you be interested in giving a talk about Hemlock Rd at the library some time ?

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