From the Creepy Cleveland Archives
Contributed by Steve
Hemlock Rd. in the city of Independence is by far one of the most haunted places in Ohio. It all started back when settlers were coming to Ohio and taking over Indian territory. Legend has it that two settlers were hunting in the woods near what is now Hemlock Rd. when they noticed an Indian girl sitting near the Cuyahoga river in her canoe. The three settlers approached the girl and jumped into the boat and began beating and raping the helpless girl. The boat started down stream, when suddenly the vessel had capsized and all three had died. When the Chief of the tribe had caught word of what had happened to his daughter, he put a curse on that area of the river. Since then many unexplained and strange things have happened on the old road and river.
A portion of Hemlock Rd. was closed about 7 years ago. The only way to get back there now is to walk if one is brave enough. If you walk about half way down the road and go to the right before the bridge, if you are lucky enough you will come across the remains of the old indian burial ground where the Chief rests. Many have said if you listen close enough you can hear him cry out his daughters name.
Another haunting is the Hemlock bridge that once ran over the Cuyahoga river. It is no longer there today for a couple of mysterious reasons. A little over 80 years ago two kids were playing jokes on cars and other motorists driving by at dark. They would climb the tree with the thick branches that hung over the bridge. When cars would pass by they would drop a ghost they had made from sheets and fishing line. At that time the fishing line was a little stronger than the line we use today. They had spotted another car coming down the road, only this one was missing one head light. When the car approached the bridge the ghost was dropped directly on the motorist who was not driving a car with one head light but a motorcycle. The strong fishing line wrapped around his neck and the man instantly lost his head. Did this happen because of the Chief’s curse? The ghost of the man can still be seen today. Town records stated the man died at 11:57 p.m. If you want to see the ghost of the headless man, stand near where the bridge would have been. Make sure to bring a piece of sheet and a small piece of fishing line and throw them off into the river at exactly 11:57p.m. You will then witness a headlight coming over towards you from the other side of the river. Don’t be frightened to run. The light will vanish in the exact spot where he lost his head. Dozens of people have witnessed this, many trying to forget about it just don’t want to talk about it. I myself had seen the ghost and I can honestly say that I will never be returning back to Hemlock Rd. for anything!!