5 Urban Legends that Show Pennsylvania’s Grim History


Jonathan Eisen

The Crybaby Bridge rumored to be home to a murder-suicide, and visitors who travel across may here the baby.

Jazlyn Alvaro, Staff Writer

No state is a “boring state.” There is something interesting about all of the states in America. Pennsylvania is a very old state with lots of history, mystery, and stories to tell. In this top 5, I will be sharing the most horrific urban legends in Pennsylvania. These will definitely change your mind on how interesting our state really is. 

#1 Crybaby Bridge 

We’ve all heard those urban legends about the diseased weeping and wandering.  Think of  La Llorona. But what if I told you that there is an urban legend somewhat similar to that here in Pennsylvania? 

In New Hope, Pennsylvania, (less than an hour away from Norristown), sometime after 1875, a woman hung herself on a bridge’s rafters after throwing her baby into the water below the bridge. The woman did this because after her family found out that she became pregnant, they wanted nothing to do with her or her baby. So, after she gave birth, she headed to a nearby bridge to commit the murder-suicide. 

Now, the bridge is supposedly haunted by the woman and her child, and cries from the child can still be heard to this day. And, if you were to park your car in the center of the bridge, scraping noises can be heard on the roof of your car. It is said that those scraping noises are coming from the hanging woman’s piercing toenails dragging along the roof of the car. 

#2 The Green Man (Aka, Charlie no-face)

Imagine witnessing a strange human-like figure without a face who gives off a greenish radiance that only wanders around at night. Sounds like some scary campfire story that someone made up to scare their friends with, right? Well, that’s kind of the case, but it’s more sad than scary.

Near Pittsburgh (about 5 hours away from Norristown), in the 1950s, a man named Ray Robinson was spotted wandering around at night and supposedly had a greenish glow. Robinson had been electrocuted as a child and it caused his whole face to become unrecognizable. Since others found his appearance frightening, they would make different versions of scary stories about Robinson, none of which were true, by the way. This was just a way to make fun of him because he seemed different. But now, the urban legends people made about the man still remain. 

The most popular urban legend about The Green Man is that he glows green and haunts a tunnel in Hillsville. 


This technically isn’t considered an urban legend, but it is excellent to add to this list because it is only six minutes away from the High and it is one of the oldest structures in Norristown. The Selma Mansion on W. Airy St was built in 1794 by a man named General Andrew Porter. Porter’s granddaughter even gave birth to the woman who became Abraham Lincoln’s wife! Over many years, the house was passed on to many people of the Knox family and the Fornance family. The house was owned by the Fornance family until 1982. 

Due to the number of people who lived in that house over time (well-known people, in particular), it seems like their energies stuck with the house, but not in a positive way. The house is also super old, so there is a high chance that many people have passed away there throughout the years. 

The house is now a historical building that people are able to visit. There have been many reports from people who claimed that the house was haunted. Some people claimed to hear voices while visiting and even experiencing paranormal activities. On the Haunted Places website, a user by the name of Kristina had a lot to say about her intense overnight stay at Selma: “Stayed overnight at Selma a couple years ago. I was able to get 2 EVP’s in the basement, one with a man groaning and the other was a mans(sic) voice saying, “Get Out!” I was asking questions and that was his answer! Creepy! Also, I was with my daughter at the top of the servant stairs shining(sic) my flashlight down them. I turned to my daughter, it was pitch dark and I could see the dark outline of her body so began talking with her. After a few minutes I heard my daughter say, “Mom, who are you talking to?” The whole time she was behind me across the room. This completely was the best experience I ever had anywhere! To know I saw a black apparition standing in front of me was amazing! We loved Selma!” 

There is no evidence that this user, and everyone else who left comments about their experiences, is telling the truth or not, but you can definitely give Selma a try and see for yourself. 

#4 The Bus To Nowhere 

In Philadelphia (about 40 mins away from Norristown), there is a bus that is rumored to have no end destination. Supposedly, the bus only ever picks up people who are upset and facing difficult challenges and obstacles in their life. Only the passengers who are ready to face the world and overcome their depression are able to get off of the bus. It could take days, months, and even years until someone is ready to leave the bus.  

#5 Blue Mist Road

One of the most interesting and intense urban legends in this top 5 has got to be this one. In Pittsburgh (about 5 hours away from Norristown), there is an eerie road that is said to be the most haunted road in Pittsburgh. This road is known to have a blue mist during the night time and there’s a cemetery near the road.  There are gravestones of two lovers, and during a full moon, they are said to move closer toward each other. It is also said that if they do manage to touch, the world will end. Told you this one was intense!

This road is also believed to have a history of satanic rituals and practices by the KKK. There were also witches who once lived along the road and there was even something called a “midget farm.” If you drive down the road at night, little people will try and attack your car. 

Pennsylvania has a lot of history and insane stories to provide after all. These are just five out of the many urban legends that this old and ancient state has to offer. Some of these locations are closer than you think, so if I were you, I’d watch my back. You never know what chilling entities could be lurking in the dark.