With the coming of All-Hallows’-Eve, stories of ghosts, witches and goblins are told around many bonfires, but there is another group of beings that have raised their ugly heads of late. They are the Zombies. Wikipedia’s definition of a zombie is: “A zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi; North Mbundu: nzumbe) is an animated corpse resurrected back to life by mystical means, such as witchcraft.”
With this in mind, get on board the Zombie Express and travel to a place in St. Louis County, Missouri that has been called “Zombie Road” for decades, and according to some, it is not just a figurative name.
Zombie Road was probably begun as an Indian trail centuries before the first white men came into the region, and was later used extensively by trappers and travelers on their way into the western frontier. It eventually was given the name Lawler Ford Road.
At one time a railroad spur was extened to the Town of Glencoe, that lay just west of the road, and a gravel quarry was built here on the Meramec River. During the active years of the railroad, numerous accidents occurred, and people were killed. There have been numerous drownings in that area of the Meramec River, and years later some visitors claim they have heard calls for help coming from the river, but did not see anyone in the water.
Another story tells of an old woman who died in Glencoe many years ago., and that her spirit is still very active in the area, and that she yells at people as they pass along the road. Then there are the tales of the “Mad Man.” whose spirit remains to torment visitors on his road. And, what about the tales of the spirits of some of the Indians that still claim the area as their own private hunting ground.
There have also been stories of the sightings of “Shadow People” in groups, wandering aimlessly in the woods along the road, and the spirit of a boy that fell from the high rocky bluffs in the area.
There have been ghost hunters that have visited Zombie Road, and supposedly received high readings of spirit activity in this area, and a video of one of these expeditions is recorded in the video of this article. This writer patrolled the “Zombie Road” area as a St. Louis County Police Officer in the 1980s, but did not see any unexplained phenomena.
There are more stories about this road than cannot be covered in one article, but there is one thing that is for certain, the road, which is now part of a county park, still holds its ambiance of the supernatural.
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