St. Mary's, Ohio: Bloody Bridge

A love triangle ended on this spot in 1854, thanks to a deftly-swung ax. An official mini-monument has marked the site since 1976.

CR 182, St. Mary's, OH
On the northbound side of Hwy 66, at its intersection with CR 182. Six miles north of St. Mary's or 6.5 miles south of Spencerville.
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Bloody Bridge.

Bloody Bridge

Fascinating (and possibly haunted) historical murder site. Poor Minnie and Jack. Bonus: Bloody Bridge spans the old Miami-Erie Canal, built between 1825 and 1845 and last used commercially in 1929. A staggering feat of engineering. There's convenient parking as the site is also a trailhead. Walk (or bike) the towpath trod by the mules of yore as they towed the boats and barges through the Canal.

[Heidi Reid, 01/16/2021]

Minnie and Jack met a violent end on this spot in 1854. An ax was involved.

Bloody Bridge.

Bloody Bridge

A small monument marks a murder site stemming from an odd-man-out from love triangle. Bill loved Minnie. Minnie chose Jack. Bill took matters into his own hands. The original bridge is long gone, but the legend remains as part of Ohio Canal lore.

[Scott Beckerman, 02/09/2016]

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