The Stories Behind The Haunted Theorosa’s Bridge

Are you getting tired of hearing about all of the haunted places in Kansas? Me neither! It seems as though every corner of the Sunflower State is plagued by the paranormal… however, today’s story—which comes out of Valley Center—may just be one of the creepiest places yet.

After the original iron and wood bridge burned down in 1974 (and then again a few years later), it was replaced by the current concrete structure seen today.

There have been many legends that have plagued the bridge over the years and while none of them have been fully confirmed, one thing is for sure: Those who cross the historic bridge cannot help but feel a sense of eeriness. One of the stories that comes from Theorosa’s Bridge is that of baby Theorosa; the daughter of 19th-century settlers who was stolen by Native Americans during a rampage on the bridge. Her mother, grief stricken and worried, left camp to search for the child to no avail. To this day, visitors claim you can see Theorosa’s mother’s ghost still looking and calling for the baby girl she lost so long ago.

Another legend that surrounds the bridge is that of a young Native American girl named Theorosa who — after having a child with a married settler — threw both herself and her baby from the bridge into the cascading waters below. It is said that if you look and listen carefully, you can see and hear the young woman still searching for her child.

The third and final story is about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed local farm family whose brown-haired, dark-eyed daughter was drowned in the creek by her father after he suspected that she was the illegitimate child of the neighbor. Eventually, the father and two sons abandoned the mother while she searched the creek for her daughter, which she continued to do until her death years later.

While all of these stories vary in one form or another, one thing is for sure: someone (or something) is haunting the bridge, as several witnesses have reported strange lights, sounds, temperature changes, and orbs throughout the area. Have you visited the area? If so, did you notice any of these strange occurrences?

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