Haunted Road Trip: Emily’s Bridge, Stowe, Vermont

Emily's Bridge

Previously: The Los Feliz Murder House.

New England is full of covered bridges. Though they’re mostly known for their picturesque aesthetics these days, they did once serve a purpose; weather can be hell on uncovered wooden bridges, so for areas that experience the dramatic highs and lows of all four seasons, covers were absolutely essential in the eras before most construction was completed with metal and concrete. In Stowe, Vermont, however, there’s one covered bridge that is more than its image, and more than the sum of its parts. It’s called Emily’s Bridge, and it bears that name for a very specific reason.

49 feet long, the bridge in Stowe is of the type known as a Howe Truss bridge — an uncommon kind of truss patented in 1840 by William Howe. This particular Howe Truss, which was built in 1844 and is the only one of its kind in the entire state of Vermont, carries Covered Bridge Road over Stowe Hollow’s Gold Brook. This, in turn, has given it its official name: Gold Brook Covered Bridge.

Most, though, refer to it by its other name.

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The Most Dangerous Games: The Man In The Fields Ritual

scarecrowPreviously: The Corner Game.

(By request.) 

The Man in the Fields ritual bears some similarities to a couple of other games we’ve looked at in previous installments of “The Most Dangerous Games”: Like the Candles Game, you have a task to complete after you perform the summoning (in this case, closing everything in your house that could possibly open), and like the Midnight Game, you’ll have to watch your back while you do it (here, you’ll meet the Man in the Fields if you’re not careful). But while the stakes for the Man in the Fields are roughly as high as they are for these two previous rituals, there’s also much more to gain; for that reason alone, the Man in the Fields ritual might be very attractive to some.

Although the game’s introduction notes that it has been “passed down throughout the centuries” and “originates from the British Isles during the Middle Ages,” I’m somewhat skeptical of this claim; I suspect that, like many of the other games and rituals floating around out there on the internet, it’s actually an invention of the digital age, an internet urban legend aged up to lend it a little more gravity. However, it is true that wicker men have long been burned in effigy  stretching back to ancient times — so perhaps there’s something at the root of this ritual after all. Of course, it’s also true that we have little to no proof that these wicker men were used as tools for human sacrifice — the idea of them being used as such may have been a rumor spread by Julius Caesar in an attempt to dehumanize his enemies — but… still.

That scarecrow in your backyard?

It’s not a scarecrow.

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Abandoned: What Happened To Coco Palms Resort? (Photos)

Previously: Geauga Lake.

In 1961, Elvis Presley arrived in Hawai’i for a very specific reason: To shoot the first of three films he would film at various islands across the state. Called Blue Hawaii, it received mixed reviews upon release; however, with Elvis fever at its height, it still opened at number two by box office receipts, eventually going on to become the 10th highest grossing movie of 1961. Although a wide range of identifiable locations feature prominently in the film, one of them is, perhaps, more interesting than the rest: The Coco Palms Resort on the island of Kaua’i. The resort was still relatively new at that point, having opened a mere eight years earlier, and it would go on to have quite a storied history.

It’s something of a shame, then, that it’s been abandoned for so long.

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A Day Off

Hey gang,

I’ve got a few Life Things to take care of this week, so no post today; we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week. In the meantime, I leave you with this:

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