New Castle Indiana, Monkey Jack Bridge

by Sean Conley
(New Castle, Indiana- U.S.A)


Monkey Jack is an old wooden bridge, and the site of an actuall murder. On July 26, 1956 a teen couple were looking for a place to be alone. They arived at monkey Jack which was out in the country. Later on in the evening they heard on the radio that a convicted murder had escaped county prison. The girl started to panic, so the boy gave her his jacket and just to settle her said he would check the area. It was an hour and the girl had fallen asleep, she was constantly being awoken to a scratching noise coming from the top of the roof. It was morning when a sheriff woke her. He told her to step out of the car, and not look up. Being a teenager she looked up to see her boyfriend murdured and mutilated, hanging by his feet from a tree just above the car. The paint on top of the car had been scratched off by his finger nails. As the years went by it was an attraction for local teens to test there bravery. Rumors are if you get out of your car, and walk around, when you return to your car the paint on top will be chipped off. The bridge is no longer on a road and you have to take a trail to get there. But if you ask anyone in henrey county and even in most parts of Indiana they've heard of the story. A remix of the story was even in the popular "Scary Storires to Tell in the Dark.




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Nov 01, 2020
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Home Jack NEW
by: Ray Dean

This bridge has been there as long as I can remember, I spent 23 years of my life living about a mile and a half from it, one of the "Store Boys" We ran the local general store. Spent many days/nights cruising this stretch that connected to the Greensboro pike and Spiceland pike roads, also worked for the Whistlers whose land runs around the area.
So there is some truth to the original story, but it's been stretched over the years.
Some confuse this with the Crybaby bridge, and there are 2 I know of, one outside Cambridge City and another near Anderson.
At any rate I had many a good time down this old road as a kid.

May 27, 2020
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Mike Brooks and a hole outside Vegas
by: Anonymous

To confirm this story all one has to do is go to the Henry county public library and get the Courier Times for July 27/28 1956 and read if it was in the paper. This kind of a story would have made the Muncie and Anderson and Indianapolis papers also. Also Henry county had no prison at that time

Apr 16, 2020
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Monkey Jack NEW
by: Rowena

I lived down at the end of Monkey Jack road and Old Spiceland Pike in early 70's and yes the bridge was a working one then also knew the family that owned the land.

Oct 22, 2019
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The songs on YouTube NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey I heard all the Music videos on Monkey Jack Bridges YouTube Channel was from a musician that went down there and never returned, I' m trying to find out his name.

Oct 21, 2019
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the bridge
by: fred f.

hey linda,, that might have been me on top of the bridge, i have done that. partyed there many times.

Oct 19, 2019
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Not true NEW
by: Anonymous

The story is absolutely not true true. No murder ever happened on the bridge. A cool place but don’t believe the nonsensical stories!

Oct 17, 2019
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Monkey Jack Bridge Mirror Man NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey John, just watched Mirror Man on Monkey Jack Bridge YouTube, creepy! gonna watch all the videos now!

Oct 17, 2019
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Have You Seen The Dawn? NEW
by: John Monty Key

Monkey Jack Bridge has a channel on YouTube. A lot of local tales, origin stories and music videos go check it out! Have You Seen the Dawn?

Oct 17, 2019
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It's accessible NEW
by: Anonymous

It's in between Greensboro pike a d spiceland like slot closer off Greensboro pike.... It's all bullshit unless you see it with your own eyes don't ever believe anyone....

Oct 17, 2019
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Monkey Jack bridge
by: ASHLIE Neal

IT ABSOLUTELY IS IN NEW CASTLE INDIANA, AND IS ON SPICELAND PIKE. DON'T KNOW HOW TRUE STORY IS BUT IT IS IN HENRY COUNTY.

Oct 17, 2019
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Party time NEW
by: Anonymous

Linda I remember being there and the only thing that scared me was thinking what was going to happen if my friend fell off the top of the iron structure he climbed to get to the top.

Oct 17, 2019
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Been there done that.
by: Anonymous

Hey Linda you probably took my girls there. RK and BK.

Oct 17, 2019
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Been there done that.
by: connie

Born and raised in New Castle. Most of these comments are probably true. Crying womans bridge is a different bridge. It was located in Cambridge City, I have also been there and the Monkey Jack was a lane not a bridge. Have been there also. When I was a teen almost every town around us had a bridge or lane with the same story. It made for some fun scray nights as all the boys tried to scare the girls. Sometimes it backed fired and the guys got scared.

Oct 17, 2019
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top of car scratched... NEW
by: Anonymous

went there several times as a high schooler, great place to scare a date... local body shop loved me from having to get the top of my car painted so many times... lol

Oct 16, 2019
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Not crybaby bridge like the below poster stated NEW
by: Anonymous

Cry Baby Bridge is in Anderson, in Madison County. Not in Henry County (Henrey according to the story).

Oct 16, 2019
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Cry NEW
by: Anonymous

I have alwaus thought it was cry baby bridge to not monkey jack bridge or whatever

Oct 16, 2019
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crying woman’s bridge NEW
by: Anonymous

I was told it was called crying woman bridge and the story was a pregnant woman was driving herself to the hospital cause her husband was at work and se wreck on the bridge her and the baby died so at night when you park on the bridge you can hear the woman crying for her baby

Oct 16, 2019
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Born and raised NEW
by: Anonymous

I was born and raised in new castle and my dads family and I never heard of this story.

Oct 16, 2019
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Location
by: Anonymous

Where is it located at? I've never heard of it till now. I think it would be cool to see.

Oct 15, 2019
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Monkey jack NEW
by: Tony mcguie

We did a lot of partying out had a blast scaring anyone who came out there miss going there

Nov 02, 2017
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this is true NEW
by: Elyse Hines

My dad and his friends were testing there bravery.They were going to go beat up some people that worship demons and made human sacrifices. They went to Monkey Jack Bridge with bats. They stared walking on the mile long trail and some one stepped on a stick. They all ran away and never came back.

Mar 01, 2017
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Man at the bridge NEW
by: Ottis Hilton

Uncle Delmer used to hunt the woods up and down the road when he was a boy. When Him and his friends crossed the bridge one night they said they heard a man yelling at them from underneath the bridge. They didn't stuck around to see him, One of them said it was Monkey Jack, they ran as far as they could down the road then started walking, but as they walked they could hear someone walking behind them on the gravel. Every time they would stop it would stop. Then they stood there waiting in the dark and whoever was down that road started running toward them. They could hear the crunch of the gravel with each step. They ran all the way back to town and never went near that place again.

Jan 23, 2017
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The paint on the roof of my car was scratched.... NEW
by: Anonymous

Parked, just off of Spiceland Pike, and walked down the farm road, which is legal. It's still state / county property, not privately owned. Walked for about a half an hour, to the bridge, over the Big Blue River. Bridge is gone.... but there is wreckage. Kicked around for a bit.... it was late, cold and dark. Heard odd noises, and something like a scream, which could have been an owl.... but something was not right. Hiked back to Spiceland Pike.... got to my car. Drove home to downtown New Castle.... next morning I noticed that the paint on the roof of my car, was scratched, by what looks like chisel marks..... dunno. This happened 21JAN17, just this last Saturday...... still freaked.

Jan 02, 2017
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Big Fish Tail NEW
by: Lewis S.

My dad used to fish Blue River back in the 80's. He would be fishing along the river bank and in the distance he could see Monkey Jack Bridge. He said there would be a man waving from the bridge, as he moved down the riverbank closer to the bridge he could clearly see the man every time he looked up, but when he would get to the bridge there would never be anybody there. One time he moved downstream and when he looked back at the bridge the man had returned. He could never get close enough to get a good look at the man.

Dec 26, 2016
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Man in the mirror NEW
by: Christian

My granddad knew a guy Luke that worked at the auto plant that used to tell them about how one night going home on third shift that he was driving down 225 west coming up on Monkey Jack bridge. He looked in the rear view mirror and saw a man walking along the road but never passed him. He stopped and told the guy to sit in back and the man didn't talk until they got to the bridge. The guy yelled stop and Luke slammed on the brakes and stopped on the bridge. The man said thanks for the ride home but he never got out of the car Luke looked in the back seat and there was nobody there. Never went that way home again

Dec 22, 2016
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The legend says... NEW
by: Bartholomew Blackwell

I'm almost 80 and once in the early seventies before someone wrecked the bridge I drove onto it and parked one summer night and waited. I sat there in the dark a half an hour and never seen or heard nothing. I started the truck and when the headlights shined toward the end of the bridge there was a man in what looked like a black ragged robe. His face was all messed up and he had ice picks or hay bailing hooks in each hand. I know the legend said he had a prosthetic hand, but I saw it with my own eyes. He started coming across swinging those hooks I backed up and off the bridge and turned around on the road and got the hell away from Monkey Jack Bridge.

Dec 15, 2016
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Have you seen the dawn? NEW
by: John Montgomery Key

There is a place where the night comes forever, a place where what's left of a man dwells, the keeper of the keys. They say he walks with a jingle, the one who watches from afar. If you listen closely you can hear him coming down the long road. the chiming rattle of the keys dangling about him. It will haunt you in the night, he comes to watch you cross his bridge in the pale glow of the moon...then he will decide if you should see the dawn.

Dec 15, 2016
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Have you seen the dawn? NEW
by: Anonymous

There is a place where the night comes forever, a place where what's left of a man dwells, the keeper of the keys. They say he walks with a jingle, the one who watches from afar. If you listen closely you can hear him coming down the long road. the chiming rattle of the keys dangling about him. It will haunt you in the night, he comes to watch you cross his bridge in the pale glow of the moon...then he will decide if you should see the dawn.

Dec 09, 2016
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Have you seen the dawn? NEW
by: John Montgomery Key

Those that come, best not linger in the fading light, for once the darkness falls it falls forever. Come and take the midnight crossing and wait for the whisper gathering. At the end of the long road sits the bridge you cannot cross, the bridge to the other side of the mirror. -MJ.

Jul 21, 2016
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Monkey jack true NEW
by: Anonymous

Back in 1996. My boyfriend and i were out tjere for a ride in his old convertable. We were sitting on the road with the top down and it was turning dark. Out of no where i sware a lady screamed. Burke looked at me with his mouth open. My heart was poinding and we took off like a bat out of hell. I never went back. So i thi k there is some truth.

May 15, 2016
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Closed when I was in high school. NEW
by: Anonymous

Brother and I stole the bridge out sign and tossed it in Principal Paul Crouser's back yard one night. Fun times. I see they rebuilt Little Kings bridge.

May 10, 2016
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monkey Jack NEW
by: Anonymous

Years ago me and my cousin went to Monkey Jack before they blocked the roadway we went back there the bridge was impassable as we pull out of Ratcliff Road we turn left a guy come out of the house he pulled a shotgun and shot it in the air basically to scare us well we did scattered out there fastly.

Mar 25, 2016
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Simply not TRUE NEW
by: Anonymous

Simply not true. Just a place to go and get scared when you were young.

Mar 24, 2016
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Wrong Bridge NEW
by: Charlie

Who ever wrote this must not be from Henry Co. In the first place it wasn`t a wooden bridge,it was an old metal one. The only thing scary about it was the creaks and moans it make when you drove across it.I think that was why the county finally tore it down and closed that road. Another thing,there was never any trees close enough to over hang the bridge.

Mar 24, 2016
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Henery Co ??? NEW
by: Anonymous

What I want to know is where is Henery County?

Mar 24, 2016
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love monkey Jack NEW
by: Anonymous

Love riding dirt bikes and hanging with my love

Mar 24, 2016
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Nah NEW
by: Your Mom

First, you spelled actual incorrectly. Second, that urban legend has been around for years. So I call bullshit on your little story. But it looks like a cool place to visit for a minute.

Mar 23, 2016
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Scary and fun. NEW
by: Anonymous

Years ago before the road was closed, we would drive out there just before dark and scare ourselves. I almost had my girls convinced that Big Foot lived in those woods, too!!! :)

Mar 23, 2016
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:/ NEW
by: Keith

Ever heard of the movie Urban Legend lol

Dec 20, 2014
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NOT TRUE NEW
by: LINDA MIKEL

EVERONE FROM OAK GROVE PARTIED ON THAT BRIGED AND NEVER SEEN ANYTHING

Dec 20, 2014
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NOT TRUE NEW
by: LINDA MIKEL

EVERONE FROM OAK GROVE PARTIED ON THAT BRIGED AND NEVER SEEN ANYTHING

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