Ghost of the Meramac Bridge

Located in Valley Park, Mo
In January, 1894, in Valley Park, A black resident named John Buckner was taken from the authorities and hanged from the “Old Wagon bridge” over the Meramac River. The story goes that he sexually assaulted two black women and one white woman in the area. After a crime wave in the county of St. Louis, 150 citizens from the surrounding areas removed Buckner from the custody of local authorities, took him in the middle of the night to the main bridge in Valley park and lynched him. Many locals say that the ghost of John Buckner haunts the Meramac River where Highway 141 crosses over the spot of the lynching. They say his ghost longs for revenge on the town and that this is the continuing cause of the bad luck the town has endured. The old bridge was destroyed in 1915 during a flood.




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