Today my friend Autumnforest of Ghost Hunting Theories has organized a Blogger Zombie Walk that I’m participating in. (I’ve included a complete list of all the blogs participating at the end of this post.)
I decided since Haunt Jaunts is a paranormal travel blog that my zombie-related contribution should center around something of that nature. I have dedicated reader and commenter “tjmcmen” for the tip about Zombie Road to thank for my contribution to the Blogger Zombie Walk.
LEARNING OF ZOMBIE ROAD
On my Movie Monday: Grave Encounters post tjmcmen wrote “SOME ONE SHUOLD DO A MOVIE ABOUT ZOMBIE ROAD. IT IS A TRUE STORY. IT IS ONE OF MISSOURI,S MOST HAUNTED PLACES.”
I was absolutely stunned to learn I had been very close to Zombie Road when I went to visit some friends in St. Louis this past summer. They actually live in the suburbs, in Wildwood which is right where Zombie Road is located. (I MapQuested it and their home is seven miles from Lawler Ford Road, aka Zombie Road.)
Had I known about Zombie Road back then, I definitely would’ve checked it out while I was there. But, alas, I only just learned of it. (Another good reason to go back and visit them, though.)
ABOUT ZOMBIE ROAD
There are conflicting accounts of how Lawler Ford Road came by its infamous moniker, but a popular one relates that it happened after a patient nicknamed “Zombie” escaped from a nearby mental institution and disappeared in the area never to be seen again.
Rumors have it that his bloodsoaked gown laying on the road was the only evidence found of him. (Why he was named Zombie I have no idea though. Maybe he ate people? Maybe he got hungry and started eating himself and that’s why his gown was bloodied? That’s if such a person even really existed…)
There’s both high bluffs and a river in the area, as well as train tracks. All of which have contributed to people’s deaths there. (And which may account for why the area is haunted if you subscribe to certain theories about elements haunted places have in common.)
Tales also tell of gangsters using the area to dispose of people they wanted to be rid of. In more recent times it’s also been used by people practicing the occult.
Today it’s a popular exercise trail. (At least a stretch of it is. After a certain point there’s no trespassing. For those tempted by such restrictions, and of legends of the nature of Zombie Road, it’s an attractive nuisance.)
THE GHOSTS AND HAUNTINGS OF ZOMBIE ROAD
Haunted America Tours and Prairie Ghosts both have excellent information on it. (See “Zombie Road: The Road Where Urban Legends Actually Are Real” by Gregory and Judith Myers and “Zombie Road: The True Story of One of Missouri’s Most Haunted Places.”)
There are lots of accounts of supernatural occurrences along Zombie Road. Shadow figures are said to be seen lurking amidst the trees, and it’s not uncommon to see mysterious lights or hear unexplainable voices and other noises (such as music) in the area.
Some of the most popular ghost stories are of:
- The ghosts of Native American mound builders who once inhabited the area.
- A boy who fell from the bluffs near the river but his body was never found. He’s said to still roam the woods.
- The ghost of a man who was beheaded on the train tracks.
- A creepy old lady who screams at people from a house at the end of the road.
Is the area cursed, or just subject to more than its fair share of deaths? It’s not clear, but many agree it is one very haunted place.
VIDEOS OF ZOMBIE ROAD
OTHER BLOGS PARTICIPATING IN BLOGGER ZOMBIE WALK
And one blog that isn’t on the list but does Zs all the time and is a must for any zombie lover to follow isiZombie.