Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Paranormal Investigation - River Legacy Park - Arlington, TX

Any paranormalist in the DFW area will tell you that River Legacy Park is haunted. It's a great place for ghost hunting because it involves so many varied stories. There's the mystical hobo who comes to your car and taps on your window just before disappearing, the confederate soldier who died there and still runs around scaring people, and the ghosts that inhabit the old bridge where a car took a wrong turn and crashed, killing the occupants. River Legacy Park is everything a ghost hunter could want.

So, what happens when people check it out, and who is reporting this stuff? This has been a very interesting search, for me.

While trying to find this place, I realized that I had already been there many times to jog! I was pretty disappointed to find out that this terribly spooky place was really just a public park down the road. I hoped that it would get more scary at night.

The main scary story surrounding this place is the one about the car crash who's victims stalk the old bridge to this day. Sounds interesting, but there are a few problems. People who look around for this bridge are never able to find it. Why? It appears that the bridge no longer exists!

As far as the confederate soldier is concerned, another part of River Legacy Park once contained a place called "Hell's Gate" where Union soldiers were hanged by Confederate soldiers. Of course, none of the ghost story websites give any real information about this, and searching for information on the topic only brings up ghost websites.

Not to mention, the late night visitors to River Legacy Park find that they cannot enter the park after dark, so who is reporting this stuff and circulating these stories? Who is parking their cars in there and seeing hobos? And, isn't it convenient that all of these haunted places are in one park? Well, I found answers to these questions, and I will share them with you.

(To be continued.)

16 comments:

  1. Map to Hell's Gate: kalphakomega@gmail.com

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  2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24321038@N08/2509048886/

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  3. the bridge still exsist, its not exactly in the park, its further to the west, off of green oaks, when i was a kid that was the only bridge over there, it was a one vehicle only bridge, its directly across from the sewage plant.. the old raod to the bridge is blocked off, but you can park and walk to it

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  4. Hi I have been to that place and can say that it is creepy at night also I have been on the bridge before it was closed off by a huge wall of a fence. Now it is partially eroded. I saw a few parts but could be from the swelling of the river /creek from floods. I have to say it is pretty creepy

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  5. They were not as fastidious about locking the park gates at night back in the nineties. This place is indeed creepy, but I suspect the haunted ambience comes as much from the deathly polluted waters of the river as it does from any ghosts. Arlington's parks and waters are filthy.

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  6. we are paranormal investigators and have found things. we read the stories and do research and have information on it. there are many other things occuring there other than those stories. screaming bridge is there, but not where or the one people see. dan- gsm3dan@hotmail.com

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  7. But none of it is documented. No recordings or videos (which would be easy to collect if the stories are true) and no one can get in there at night unless they are with the special tour. Only those giving the tour (and anonymous people here) have reported any of this first hand. Not to mention, this blog entry always gets more hits when it turns warmer and business is open.

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  8. Theres another haunting close to that area. Not well known but its there. Im not sure if the hauntings in the area are seperate of combined. They could be just because the area is haunted. When I was a teen some kids from richland highschool stoped at a wataburger in medow brook. The guy that worked there didnt like the fact that a white kid had a stero system like that and said he was going to take it (offical version). We were told he owed money for weed (school talk). But anyway they were killed at 32°48'6.66"N, 97° 9'11.81"W . just about where the bridges are. We went the night after they were found to look at the spot. It was just west of bell on trinity bvld. It was about 12 and we were looking at the big blood stain on the side of the road. My friend joe and I dared my cousen to run his finger across the still moist blood. He did of course but the wind started blowing hard and we heard this sound getting louder and closer. It like I have always said sounded like a santic chicken! It kept getting louder and closer. It was comming from no where but was all around us. It was like it was a mile away and got to us in 30 seconds. Loud and booming! We ran! Hard and fast! The biggist tring to get in a sun roof driving off with his legs in the air! I know that area well for I drove it every night and it was the only place we could mess around and not worry about cops. Im used to the deep fog rolling in from the river bottoms and the swamp gas from the waste plants but that noise was real and that wind was real and feeling that im sure that whole river bottom is wrong. Michael McEachern and Katy Nesbit RIP.

    So I will never rule out anything about that area! It is known for hangings drownings inbreaders and mob killings, and in my day gang killings, imbread rape, and murder. Not to mention the road deaths constantly. If you travel south there is a hard left and if you dont take that hard left you slam into a wall before the treatment plant. I have seen many cars in that wall. the worst was a night like any night we were driving the river bottoms and saw a small pickup in the wall. the cab was gone. it hit at some force. It was still smoking so we stopped. no one could of lived.

    KD5ATZTX@GMAIL.COM

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    1. I have never heard that story bout a murder there myself. I have the actual news clippings of the bridge that took the lives of 4 girls in the 60's. The bridge was already gone i believe. They were being chased by some boys and did not realize the bridge was gone.

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  9. 2005 during summer time. bf and five friends walked inside river legacy park at 10pm. we walked all the way from the left side of the park to the right and up the hill to the restrooms. the women's side was left unlocked and light still on. strange. right at 11pm we saw what looked like a glowing silver being walk from the trees across the clearing to the left side of the park. we just came from that side and saw nothing. we just stared as the being appeared to turn its head and start walking towards us. i didnt have a camera at the time, but everyone was trying to run off to our car parked outside the gates at an apartment complex. i tried to wait to see what this thing was, but my bf grabbed me to run with them. to this day i have no idea what that thing was. as god is my witness this is a true story.

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  10. I was just here on March 1rst,2013. Meand my girlfriend were excited to even take this trip. We looked up some haunted locations and things with the most activity and ruled that Hell's Gate would be a perfect location. We spent a good while trying to find the location. It is parked in the back near the cul de sac. I parked near the bicycle sign and continued down the path until we were at the paved road. Take a left there. We continued down the path for a good while to a point of almost being at the 1 mile mark when things started getting weird. We started hearing footsteps on a dead night. We continued on with a small flashlight up about 30 feet when what looked like a coyote or hyena sitting in the road. All I could see was the red eyes on it. We got scared and started to walk out slowly while my girlfriend was scared I kept looking back, all I could hear were footsteps following us the entire way out. I saw nothing out there at all but we both knew something was behind us. She senced it was something perverted, me something wicked.Has anyone else had any other stories or happenings of things like this happening to them

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  11. I went to legacy park with about 5 other people last year 2012... It was around 1am and we were surprised that the gates were left opened. After driving around in there for a bit we all got out, walked up the trails some. We originally went there to try to find the bridge, but it was pitch dark and we really didn't know which direction to go to find it so we decided not to. We got back in the truck and we were just sitting there with the windows down and radio off. We were talking about leaving soon when we heard a woman's mourn. It was faint but sounded like it was just right outside our vehicle. It went on for awhile and we panicked and left. About 5 min later we went back to see if we could hear it again. We were parked by the entrance of the walking trails. We waited about 20 min, but we didn't hear it again. I swear this really did happen. It was definitely a woman. It sounded like she was crying or in distress. The weird thing is that it was low sounding but yet sounded like it was right there by the truck. We did find the bridge a few weeks later, but not by going through legacy park.. We went the back way. It's closed off but you can park your car and walked about half a mile into the woods and find it. Nothing happend to us the night at the bridge. A few of my family members were walking through the legacy park woods not the trails but the actual woods part a few weeks ago. They were looking for hells gate(they believed they found it) but before they came across it, they found a fancy prom like dress covered in blood. They took pictures of it and I saw it for myself. They also reported it to the police. Not far from legacy park is that memorial place where all those white crosses are for people who were murdered. We went there one night with a night vision camera. We caught some orbs and the craziest part was it caught an image of a little boy. It was clear as day. It only last about 2 seconds and then he disappeared. There are many children's names in that memorial. Even though their bodies aren't buried there, that's where they are remembered so maybe some of their spirits are there. That night after we left, I wasn't myself. I felt so strange, it's hard to even describe, but I was feeling very depressed and felt a lot of anger. I also felt outta body. I'm a strong believer of the paranormal and I truly believe a spirit attached itself to me that night. Maybe she/he is angry and sad about their life being taken so soon? I don't know. Another weird thing happen.... The camera that we caught the obs and little boy on suddenly just stopped working. It won't even turn on. It stopped working after we watched it and showed it to a few family members. I'm not some crazy person making this all up. I wouldn't waste my time typing all this. It's all true and there's something more in legacy park and at the memorial area.

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  13. You must not be very old! If you were a teen in the 70's like I was, you would know that there wasn't always a park there! It used to be a part of Mosier Valley. Mosier Valley was a very untraveled part of our community. The poorest of the poor African Americans lived there. It was oppressive just driving through there, not to mention a little intimidating. People stared at you like you shouldn't be there. As far as the bridge is concerned, which was farther west, we used to go there in the mid 70's and you had to park and walk to the bridge even then. It was definitely scary and exciting at the same time! We imagined we heard screams and other sounds. It was probably just us trying to have an adventure and something to talk about. It was, however, a little distance out of the city, very rural, and definitely not a park!

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