Legend Tripping

Axeman’s Bridge

axeman's bridge crete illinois

Back in the woods, down Old Post Road in Crete Township, sits an abandoned bridge with an eerie backstory. This is Axeman’s Bridge.

Allegedly, sometime in the 1970’s a man lived with his wife and two children in rural Crete. With a modest house set back in the woods, away from prying eyes, the family lived in peace, until a rainy summer night. Without warning, the man snapped. After dinner, the man calmly rose from the dining table and walked out to his shed. He returned to the house, axe in hand, moving room to room, and hacked his wife and two children to death.

After the deed was done, the man hung his family’s bodies from the bridge that hosted the area’s traffic. The police found him hours later, sitting on the bridge next to his hanging family, his legs dangling over the edge while he whistled a somber tune. They say if you venture out into the woods by the bridge, you’ll hear soft whistling and the sound of metal hitting metal.

Today, the bridge has crumbled into the creek below it. All that’s left are the concrete supports and an overgrown road leading to it. But there is still energy that lingers there. Whether the legend of the Axeman is true or not, there is definitely a weird vibe in those woods, surrounding what’s left of the bridge.

As you get closer to the bridge itself, there is a heavy sense of foreboding that washes over you. The closer you get, the more intense the feeling becomes. I was out there with a friend of mine last week, and despite the strange feeling of being watched, I heard whistling. It could have been the birds, but it sounded like it had a distinct melody to it. Meanwhile, the friend I was with heard the sound of an axe hitting wood as he was about to take a picture of the bridge. I didn’t hear this, but he swears it was close and loud. It is worth noting that the nearest house is a quarter mile away.

If you’re going to visit and leave the main road to explore, please be careful. Further into the woods that surround the bridge are occult altars and barbed wire hidden in the grass and bramble.


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