Post by Joanna on Oct 14, 2014 21:02:45 GMT -5
One of the most frequently told stories by locals is that of the apparition of a young lady who either appears suddenly out of nowhere, or is seen walking along the side of the road. There have many reports of people stopping and offering this woman a ride, which she accepts and proceeds to tell the driver she is a recent bride, that she and her husband were involved in a car accident and are in need of assistance. As soon as she gets into the car, the driver experiences a sudden chill which seems to be emanating from his/her passenger. Upon nearing the end of what locals call “the Haynesville woods,” the lady suddenly vanishes into thin air. This vanishing hitchhiker is believed to be the spirit of a young woman who was traveling with her husband along Route 2A one cold winter day when their car ran off the road and struck a utility pole. The husband was killed instantly, but his wife was thrown from the car, but because of her serious injuries, she could not walk and lay their in pain until she died of exposure. By the time the accident was discovered, her body was covered by snow.
Haunts of Maine's Haynesville Road
While there are numerous haunted places in Maine, one of the most haunted is said to be a rural section of road in northern Maine off US Route 2 known as “Route 2A.” This particular stretch of road runs through what is known as the “Haynesville Woods” in the town of Haynesville in the southern portion of Aroostook County. Before the construction of Interstate 95, Route 2 was traveled by truck drivers hauling potatoes from Maine to other locations. This isolated stretch of road can be treacherous in the winter months and has a particularly sharp 90-degree curve.
Not only has this road become infamous as one of the most haunted locations in Maine, it also gained notoriety through a song written by Dan Fulkerson and sung by former truck driver Dick Curless. “A Tombstone Every Mile,” released in 1965, became Curless’s breakthrough hit. The song references the many fatal accidents that have occurred on this lonely stretch of highway and numerous people claim to have seen ghosts or experienced other supernatural incidents along the highway. Following are the lyrics:
“A Tombstone Every Mile”
All you big and burly men who roll the trucks along
Better listen you’ll be thankful when you hear my song
You have really got it made if you’re haulin’ goods
Anyplace on earth but those Haynesville Woods
It’s a stretch of road up north in Maine
That’s never ever ever seen a smile
If they’d buried all them truckers lost in them woods
There’d be a tombstone every mile
Count ‘em off there’d be a tombstone every mile
When you’re loaded with potatoes and you’re headed down
You’ve got to drive the woods to get to Boston town
When it’s winter up in Maine better check it over twice
That Haynesville road is just a ribbon of ice
It’s a stretch of road up north in Maine
When you’re talking to a trucker that’s been haulin’ goods
Down that stretch of road in Maine they call the Haynesville Woods
He’ll tell you that dying and going down below
Won’t be half as bad as driving on that road of ice and snow
It’s a stretch of road up north in Maine.
Another ghost is that of a young girl and her story is very similar to that of the frozen bride. According to this legend, the little girl was walking with a friend along the Haynesville Road when they were hit and killed by a semi-truck. Records reveal that two 10-year-old girls, Janet Marie Rouse and Melody L. Shorey, died August 22, 1967, in Haynesville.
Because of continued reports of supernatural encounters along Route 2A in Haynesville, it has become one of the best-known haunted locations in Maine.
Sources: MainelyGhosts, Wide Open Country, Ghosts of Aroostook County, and The Best Old New England Haunts.
See also “The Ghost of Benton, Maine, Resurrected”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/467/ghost-benton-falls-resurrected
“The Ice-Shrouded Ghosts of Maine”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/3235/ice-shrouded-ghosts-maine
“Lydia Carver: Ghost Bride of Cape Elizabeth”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/4127/lydia-carver-ghost-bride-elizabeth
“Maine’s Ship from the Fleet of the Dead”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/2296/maines-ship-fleet-dead
“Maine Murders, Gallows and Ghosts”: whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/6190/maine-murders-gallows-ghosts