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The story of Theorosa's Bridge.
Valley Center is a
small town just outside of Wichita, Kansas. This sleepy town began
to come to life in 1872 when settlers put down roots along the
Little Arkansas River. It wasn’t long before the town needed
amenities for every day life and the town soon included a post
office, three stores, two blacksmith shops, a grain elevator, and
several homes. This small town today holds a population that barely
reaches five thousand residents and it is mostly used by those that
work in Wichita and need a home close by. However, the town does
still attract its share of tourists and this is mainly for one
reason – for Theorosa’s Bridge. The famous bridge is sometimes also
called Crybaby Bridge or 109th Street Bridge. The bridge is a route
for those travelling to get across Jester Creek below it.
It’s thought that tourists like to come
see the bridge for themselves and try to decipher the true story.
There are many legends about the bridge and what has happened to it
in the past but one thing in every legend always remains the same.
This is the bridge where a baby was either taken from its mother or
it fell and drowned in the creek below.
One legend is that of settlers that
were coming into town in the early 1900s. According to the legend,
the settlers were attacked by Indians and a baby named Theorosa was
kidnapped. The mother, extremely distraught, chased after the
kidnappers but her efforts were in vain as she quickly lost them.
Over the years she searched for her missing daughter but never found
her. It’s said that the woman still roams the bridge and can be
heard calling and wailing for her missing children.
Another story claims that an Indian
tribe took up residence along the banks of the creek when they came
into battle with the cavalry. An Indian woman was stabbed in this
story and her baby fell into the creek and drowned.
Another tale that stems from the name
Theorosa is that this is actually the name of a young woman who had
a baby out of wedlock. To hide from her shame, she drowned the baby
in Jester Creek but found she couldn’t live with the guilt. She is
said to have drowned herself in the same creek not too long after
drowning the baby.
The last story claims that Theorosa is
a woman that was engaged to one man but in love with another. She
became pregnant and birthed a child with her lover. When her fiancÚ
discovered the truth, he was enraged and threw the baby over the
bridge so that the baby would drown. Theorosa was rightfully
horrified and she went into the creek to save her child. She however
Whichever the true story is, the fact that hauntings still take
place on the bridge are undoubtedly true. It’s said that one can see
bright orbs and a figure of a woman on and around the bridge. Many
different cars have stalled for no apparent reason while they have
been crossing the bridge and when they do stall, the car shakes
violently. Cold breezes that seem to have no explanation often sweep
across the bridge and many have heard the wailing cries of a woman
or the heartbreaking cries of a baby. People also say that the
weather on the bridge is always different from the weather in the
areas around the bridge. Legend also has it that if you stand on the
bridge and call out to Theorosa, telling her that you have her baby,
she will emerge from the water and attack you.
The original bridge was made from iron
and wood. It burned down mysteriously in 1974 and was rebuilt only
to be struck down by fire once again in 1976. Many said at the time
that it was Theorosa, wanting no reminder of the baby she lost.
Perhaps because of those rumors, the bridge remained shut down for
fifteen years. The bridge was rebuilt in 1991 and a concrete bridge
went up in its place. That is the bridge that still stands there
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