The Cody Road bridge, in Northern Kentucky, is a railroad bridge that runs over Cody road, right at the point where a creek runs under the road. So you have the bridge running above you, and the road dips somewhat below it. With the creek and low road, this area is prone to flooding when the creek rises. Flooding here is such a common occurrence, swinging gates have been permanently placed on either side of the creek, marked with stop signs, to be closed whenever the waters start to rise. The legends of this area revolve around a woman that was killed in one of the following fashions, depending on who you ask…
1) Committing suicide by either jumping in front of an oncoming train on the bridge, or by jumping from the bridge.
2) Running for help from her burning home that was near the bridge, but getting hit by a train in the process.
3) By getting caught in the current when the road quickly flooded below the bridge, either while in her car or while walking.
Reports from this area are often of a woman in white, walking the bridge, sometimes crying, others say yelling for help. Orbs, phantom trains, and disembodied voices are also reported here. Some locals refer to the phantom as “Pig Face”, supposedly referring to her injuries after going head to head with the train.
While researching this urban legend, I did come across the following story. This is an excerpt from Linda Linn’s “Kentucky Home and Ghost Stories”
Just an update to your post that the Cody Road crossing is haunted. It’s true that the railroad bridge and road bridge are often flooded, and I believe someone did in fact die once due to that. However, almost all stories of haunting’s of these railroad tracks are false. During the prohibition, moonshiners would walk park on the road and cross the hills to the railroad tracks and make their product. The ghost stories were created to keep people away during their activities. I’ve lived the first 20 years of my life in a house next to those tracks, Cody Road was only a 20 minute walk down the tracks for me, so I was always interested in the subject.The most popular ghost involves a lady who died in a house fire and roams the tracks screaming for help and alerting people to the fire. In actuality, the woman in question never died in the fire (only the family pet, actually). Apparently two moonshiners had a falling out, and one of them set fire to the other’s house. The women who everyone believes haunts the tracks lived a long life until she died peacefully in the late 1980’s of old age. I’m not trying to debunk ghost sightings or activities (hell, I live within 10 minutes of Bobby Mackey’s in Wilder Kentucky). But having been a resident of Independence most of my life, I like to set the record straight whenever possible on the Cody Road hauntings. -Quentin Baker
Be careful out there when checking out Cody Road. It’s pitch black at night, and not much room to park. Make sure you ask for Pig face.
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ahhhhhhhh, and here i thought it was a headless women who screamed at midnight on the bridge-you left out it was a great ‘lovers lane’ in the 50’s 🙂
I was always told it was a headless lady walking the bridge though I never saw her I grew up ten minutes North of the bridge I do know the water there gets very dangerous and that people have died being washed off of it during floods When I was 15 I personally rescued a women and two infants when her van stalled trying to cross it ( James Coker )
Thank you for saving my sister, and my nephew and my son! God bless you!
Christina please leave a way I can contact you
And I appreciate your assistance. As the woman was my mother and me and my cousin were the too infants. True story. Thanks for your kindness dear sir.
I remember it as it were yesterday
I heard she was in a carriage which overturned in a flood.
I use to park there at night when I was a teenager. I had never heard of the legend, but was always interested in all the religious righting under the bridge. It always seemed like a peaceful place to me.
One day me and my uncle whent down there and heard screaming and a girl yelling for help
Having grown up in the area, as a teenager we visited Cody road and the bridge on numerous occasions, and I can honestly say all these myths are just that myths, the most we ever really encountered was the extreme darkness and the many dogs running loose on the road, and the creek was prone to flash floods making it dangerous at times.
On the side on the road about 30 yards from the Bridge there is a Gravel Road that is blocked off if u walk up there are about 5 abandon houses one of them being an Old Farm Home in every house there is still close furniture and canned food this road is very weird been walking and driving it for years along with the woods along it
I am very interested in this gravel road and really want to check it out. The thing is is that on the barriers it says no trespassing and security cameras in use. Which part of the field are the houses at?
I lived in troopers crossing, and had never heard of this story until I looked it up AFTER I drove under the bridge and saw a woman in white standing behind the gate. Scared the crap outta me. I know its true now.
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