Thursday, May 8, 2008

Paranormal Investigation - River Legacy Park - Arlington, TX Part 2

(Read part 1)

River Legacy Park is rumored to be haunted...says who?

By visiting this park I found that there are not any parking spots that can be accessed at night. You would need to climb a fence to get inside at night and you certainly couldn't get a car out there. It's hard to believe that anyone has parked their car inside and seen a ghostly hobo arrive.

In fact, it's hard to understand who, exactly, is telling these ghost stories. Since you can't get in at night and the old 'screaming bridge' doesn't even exist, from where do the stories originate?

The answer is found at dfwparanormalresearch.com; home page for the 'Screaming Bridge Tour'. For $20.00 you can be taken on a tour of the 'haunted' grounds. A DVD of the tour can be purchased for $30.00.

And that seems to be the genesis of these ghost stories. No one, other than the tour promoters, report these strange goings on. I've read many internet threads about ghost hunting in this area and all of them end in disappointment; no one who visits this place is reporting anything unusual.

If there are ghosts in our world, they are going to have a hard time reaching us with all of the fake ghost hunting going on.

22 comments:

  1. Maybe the tour leaders pass on 5 dollars of that to the ghosts to make them appear?

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  2. I don't know if it is haunted or not but I have found a bridge in the far west corner of the park which has since been barricaded (though not well enough for me to climb around). It also has somewhat illegal access after dark (but only on foot).

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  3. That's cool. I've heard that a bridge is still accessible, but it is not the original bridge where the accident took place. Don't get caught!

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  4. I have spent most of my life exploring this area. This is the map to Hell's Gate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24321038@N08/2509048886

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  5. i just got back from river legacy with two of my friends and we may have seen something. we didnt quite make it to hells gate but we did see a white figure walking pretty fast in the distance. it seemed to disappear and reappear a couple of feet away. after we all comfirmed seeing the figure we got the hell out of there. im not going to say its a ghost but i dont know what else it could be.

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  6. The place where the bridge used to be isn't even in the park. it's at greenbelt & trinity. http://www.angelfire.com/ak5/carl_paranormal/location.html This same site also has the newspaper articles for 2 separate fatal crashes decades apart. Before River Legacy was ever a park, I used to live in the subdivision that is right at the park. We used to take greenbelt to get to Bedford when I was in high school. You could "jump" your car over the RR tracks. I never heard about hauntings until I accidentally found various links about it while trying to find maps to the park I like to walk at. I crossed these tracks probably 500 times at night when drinking and a teenager & nothing ever happened. But I'm going to go ghost hunting there this weekend after reading all these stories about my former back yard.

    And hey there, genius, did you ever think maybe people went into the park before the gates closed? The gates automatically open from the inside when you pull up to them. Just like the HUGE sign on the gate says, you can't miss it.

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  7. How do you get to the crossing of trinity/greenbelt area screaming bridge.

    I mean where is a safe place to park i got a couple neighborhoods nearby i notice.

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  8. Thinking:christianity,
    realism:comic books

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  9. ok... so you say you cant get in the park after closing hours. well me and my sister went to the park this saturday to take some pictures for my senior project. and when we arrived. we got there like aroung 12 am. the other gate beside the gate you enter was open (the gate for cars that are in the park was open) so it was actually very easy to go in after closing hours. and let me tell you, this part has something about it, just the felling you get is something i never felt before. i really do think theirs more to the story then just saying the park isnt haunted... :)

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  10. Cold Cached, that link isn't working to Hell's Gate, can you re send it? I went to screaming bridge tonight and it is just off green belt. You have to jump a barricade. I didn't hear any screams though.

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  11. so i'm about to go tomorrow, should i go, or is it even worth it? if anybody knows any other haunted other areas, let me know before i waste my time

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  12. Is the bridge on Greenbelt the one where the creepy abducted children's cemetary used to be? I went down that road twice a day five days a week for a year and a half. At night, I was completely freaked out.

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  13. I am the one that made up the story of Hells Gate and the Hobo. I was researching ball lightening (which is a natural phenomenon) and came across all these paranormal sites talking about orbs. They wasted my time so I thought I would have a little fun. The screaming bridge story is not mine and has been circulating for years. There is a bridge but it is not the correct one but because it is there and inaccessible everyone assumes it is the one. As for the Hells Gate and Hobo. Just stories I made up around a campfire on the river to make the walk scarier for the girls that were along. Hey, it was highschool, had to have some fun! So after I posted those, I checked a year later and everyone, I mean EVERYONE was freaking out and trying to find these places. There are fence posts in the park and that is what the story is associated with. -- I have been to a lot of scary places, places where there should be ghosts if there were any and NEVER have I seen a ghost. It is like tell a kid there is no Santa Claus but after a couple of years of seeing Weird Texas and other books make a bundle off my dime I figure its time to come clean. If you want to be scared out of your mind then consider what the Earth is going to look like in 20 years if you ghost hunting morons don't pick up your plastic bottles that you have thrown down while looking for orbs! THERE IS NO SANTA CLAUS AND NO GHOSTS EITHER!

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  14. It's not hard to get your car in at night... I once spent the night in River Legacy with a couple of friends... We did not encounter anything supernatural, nor where we looking to... We were just kids that wanted to have some fun... We drove the concrete trails all night or we were walking them... Of course we couldn't get out till morning but we didn't care... We had nothing better to do...

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  15. Without knowing of all these stories I went on a hike today way out into the woods and I ended up encountering this weird looking bridge I didnt even know it was out there so I decided to look for it on google maps but I didn't find it. I am 90% sure that it wasn't the one on Trammel Davis Dr. it couldnt have been because I parked at the park and it didnt feel like I walked all the way out there its kind of creepy just thinking about it.

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  16. Haunting of Hickory Creek

    Some of the earliest known humans to inhabit Lake Lewisville near Hickory Creek in Texas were the native Paleo-Indians. When digging began for the lake dam there were a number of Paleo-Indian artifacts unearthed.
    " In 1956, Wilson W. Crook, Jr. and R.K. Harris announced that carbon dating on artifacts from the site, including a Paleo-Indian Clovis projectile point, indicated that humans had lived there since 36,000 BP" Though no human remains have been found this was believed to be an area inhabited for many years by this community of early humans. Fisherman and hunters who frequent the marsh area, where Hickory Creek meets the lake, have believed the island nearby to be an ancient burial ground and have reported seeing unusual sightings there. On more than one occasion there have been reports of a sudden heavy fog that rolls across the water enveloping the island. Many times the spirit of a young Indian woman holding a baby in her arms appears from the fog, walking over the water towards them fading as she nears. There have also been reports from kayakers who frequent the area of strange orb lights dancing in the trees on the island, thinking they may be flashlights of teenagers or a hoax they investigate, however, once they approach the island the orbs travel up Hickory Creek always moving away from their pursuers to finally burst with a flash. One kayaker reported that her GPS showed North as South after the encounter but when her group arrived at the island all that could be found were the red hand prints of small children on the rocks, quickly washed away by the waves. The Army Corps of Engineers will verify that there were Indian artifacts found but they will not talk about the mysterious sightings or the possibility of the island as a burial ground, possibly because it is still considered sacred and do not want to bring anymore attention to it than necessary. Sycamore Bend Park is the ideal location for viewing the island from land. For those who want to venture closer a kayak is necessary since the waters are to shallow for larger boats. Sycamore Bend Park Coordinates N 33 6.703' W 97 3.999'

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  17. Hell's Gate is real. I have been there many times and once there was a cane field beyond the gate where satanic pentagrams could be found in the clearing. Once my friends and I were sitting in the woods to watch for the wildlife that comes out in the field after dark and we saw about 20 people in black robes walking out of the woods on the other side coming from Hell's Gate.

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  18. DFW Adventures has had free ghost tours at River Legacy Parks. They know where the real Hell's Gate is and have taken visitors to see Screaming Bridge and the site of Bird's Fort. They are on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures The organizer goes by the nickname "Mother" seems to know a lot about the DFW area.

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  19. We have free and sometimes charity hikes that go to both the "new" screaming bridge and Hell's Gate. We have a benefit hike coming up this June 7th where we will be visiting both sites. It is a fun hike with friends even if no ghosts join us.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/653968374673221

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  20. You would need to go there before the park closes and just stay there. It would still be trespassing though and it wouldn't be safe. I wouldn't even go there during the day alone unless I stayed off the trails and in the main area. I believe the gates will open for cars leaving after hours.

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  21. You can stay in the park after dark as long as you enter before 10pm, that's when they close the gates but they still open for exiting vehicles and they do not tow cars so if you would like to visit rivet legacy after dark, that's one way to do it legally.

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  22. You can stay in the park after dark as long as you enter before 10pm, that's when they close the gates but they still open for exiting vehicles and they do not tow cars so if you would like to visit rivet legacy after dark, that's one way to do it legally.

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