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James Baughn

Testing the Thebes Bridge

Posted Monday, January 17, 2011, at 2:47 PM

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  • Thanks, James, I now know more about the bridge, and some local history, other than my family connection, nice piece, molater,kkr

    -- Posted by kkcaver47 on Mon, Jan 17, 2011, at 4:40 PM
  • That bridge has caught my eye over the years, too.

    http://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/thebes-railroad-bridge/

    I was lucky enough to find a photo from 1966 when there was still a downtown to Thebes to compare with a recent shot of the bridge.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Mon, Jan 17, 2011, at 5:52 PM
  • Local legend has it that a man fell during the concrete pour on the missouri side and sank into the concrete unable to be rescued. His spirit supposedly haunts the bridge..

    -- Posted by peter_grant on Tue, Jan 18, 2011, at 10:03 AM
  • Peter: I've seen the same stories for many bridges across the U.S., but they all seem to be early examples of urban legends.

    For the Thebes Bridge, the real story is almost as gruesome: seven people died when a tornado struck a crane on the bridge's Missouri approach, pushing the workers off the bridge and plunging to their deaths. See:

    http://www3.gendisasters.com/illinois/17048/thebes-il-tornado-hits-bridge-july-1...

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Tue, Jan 18, 2011, at 11:15 AM
  • That's very interesting....

    more info.

    the 'spirit' is called the 'yay-who' man and if you went out there and yelled 'yay-who' he would come around.

    there was also a suicide there years ago when someone jumped off.

    -- Posted by peter_grant on Tue, Jan 18, 2011, at 12:07 PM
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    Love this bridge and the trains! I think itís pretty sturdy after nearly 100 years of heavy traffic 😍

    -- Posted by Janeann Ward on Mon, May 25, 2020, at 9:26 AM