Matsell Bridge and Mansion. Located north of Viola, IA in eastern Linn County.

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Matsell's Mansion

Though the mansion no longer exists, legend says haunting still exists around the bridge It is said that if you drive onto the bridge and shut off your car, an unknown force will push you across the bridge. Reports of handprints on people’s back windows have been reported. But beware, local teens are said to believe that if the ghosts of the bridge get angry they will try and break your windows or even push you off the bridge.



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Jun 11, 2017
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Is it really "debunked"? NEW
by: Anonymous

My friends and I just went to this bridge, and decided to try and turn the car the other way so that we would be pushed back from where we came rather than into the nature area. It took about 10 minutes, and then we were being pushed back to the road at about 7mph. If it was an uneven road, it wouldn't take as long to begin, wouldn't work from going both ways, and I don't believe you would move that fast. I believe it's real, but to each their own.

May 31, 2017
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Debunked NEW
by: Anonymous

This was proven to be nothing more than a urban legend. The road is not level and is at a decline going into the Matsell Nature area. This is what causes your car to move on its own. If you are seeing handprints, well this is because the dust from the road there is clinging to any oils left by anyone that touched your car before going. It was a bit disappointing, but the thrill of the possibility was fun.

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