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Hell`s Bridge
Algoma Township, Mi

County: Kent
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On a winding dirt road next to the Rogue River called Friske, there is a small turnaround for no particular reason. On this turnaround, there is a trail that leads off a ways into the woods. If you follow the trail, it leads to an old iron bridge called Hell's Bridge. It is said that if you are sitting or standing on the bridge at midnight you can hear the devil laughing. The reason is, in the 1800's, when Algoma didn't really exist and Rockford was known as Laphamville, a man named Elias Friske murdered several children and claimed a demon made him do it. Later the bodies were found in the part of the river where the bridge is now. Sometimes you can also hear the children crying, @r the noise of splashing water where their bodies were thrown. Some fishermen in the early morning have reported seeing a strange figure near the bridge...

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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 2796     3/18/2007 12:00:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 12/23/2011 12:07:32 AM  
Checked this out on 3/17/07. "bridge" area flooded, however this "bridge seems to be nothing more than rumor. I saw what appeared to be a small iron footpath bridge, that I believe is supposed to be raised above flood plain. It isnt. If there is another bridge further back in the wood, I will find it this summer. But at this time, I believe this one to be a hoax. I am furthering my investigation of this area by visiting the local library to find out if the "Elias Friske" murderer really even existed.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 46977 ReplyTo# 2796     1/22/2010 2:09:00 AM     Edit          

Did u ever find anything out? Did Elias friske really exist?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 3731     6/3/2007 3:14:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

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I have been to this bridge during the day and night. There is no other bridge further back in the woods, that iron footpath is the brige in the story. It looks really dinky and funny, but there is something there. My friend and i sat on the bridge for a while, then took pictures. There were some wierd things that turned up. There is a glowing red orb in one of the pictures.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 46978 ReplyTo# 3731     1/22/2010 2:10:00 AM     Edit          

could you show us the pix?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 3733     6/3/2007 6:44:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 4/12/2008 11:15:02 AM  
yup its true and in an article i read about hell`s bridge some people who had all the equipment for ghost hunting said that they got more readings further downstream

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 46979 ReplyTo# 3733     1/22/2010 2:12:00 AM     Edit          

Hey your pictures are good, but you cannot say that's paranormal with the "orbs" because it could be dust or something from outside.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 3995     6/26/2007 1:16:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

Last Seen: 1/16/2008 8:06:05 PM  
I was just there today around 3 PM. I really want to go there at night to see for myself if anything really is there.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 5341     9/19/2007 3:23:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

that is not the true bridge the legend speaks of its further back in the woods down river

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 46980 ReplyTo# 5341     1/22/2010 2:13:00 AM     Edit          

I thought there isn't another bridge in the woods tho?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 12723     5/9/2008 2:58:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i have been there andit is nothing but myth ar a ledgean

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 12972     5/15/2008 3:37:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

been there probably 10 times now, been there at midnight on halloween, been there later in the day. There's orbs everywhere in pictures and you get a erie feeling but can never find anything. further up past the bridge there's woods and to the left standign on the bridge there's a creek that is crazy to follow. picture and ghost hunting adventures here http://www.landofthedevil.com/GrandRapidsGhostHunters/index.html

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 14163     6/17/2008 11:16:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I have read a lot of articles on Hell's Bridge and what I read is scarier then any other place I have seen or read about.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 15229     7/10/2008 7:14:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

did you ever find out if it was based on a real event, charmed1j? i'm trying to do the same via internet and am coming up dry... peg from ghosttraveller.com

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 21524     10/22/2008 12:55:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i am going there this halloween at midnight with my girlfriend to see if any of this is true.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 46981 ReplyTo# 21524     1/22/2010 2:15:00 AM     Edit          

so did anything happen to u guys that nite?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 22712     11/2/2008 12:11:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

My girl and I JUST got back from there. We saw a dead deer, about 8 people with flashlights and laughing, and no ghost. All around creepy if the people wouldn't have been there. Specially since our little flashlight went out halfway back from the bridge.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 25943     1/16/2009 7:11:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

im going there tonight and i will let u know wht happens

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 26943     2/7/2009 8:11:00 AM     Edit       Reply    

I'm going tonight, should be rather interesting I hope.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 32406     5/15/2009 12:24:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

is the brige scarry and are there haunted ghost there. the bridge is really cool. I want to go their.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 35755     7/13/2009 12:17:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I was there last night with some friends.  We got there before dusk and hung out a while.  Started sitting quietly on the bridge around dusk.  Got some interesting looking orbs in pictures taken around then.  We started getting weird feelings on the far side of the bridge after nightfall.  Two more random visitors showed up around 10 PM.  When we all went to leave shortly after that the visitors' car was totally covered in mud with no tire tracks or recent footprints near it.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37273     8/5/2009 6:22:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

i and four friends went to hells bridge on devils night in 2008. it was active, trust me. my friend wound up with a rope burn around his neck like he was hung and we had to leave early. it was a terrible night because it was so active and all of us have been ghost hunting numerous time before so it wasnt like we were n00bs to it. if you are seriously considering on going, go on a clear night. and be careful. there's something out there.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 37857     8/14/2009 12:21:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I need to go there. :)
I'm right by Rockford.
I will let all of you know what happens.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 38911     9/1/2009 9:35:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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Last Seen: 5/16/2010 2:29:38 PM  
Is this between 12 and 13 mile then?

North or South of Rector Road?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 47275     1/25/2010 2:26:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

is algoma and rockford the same city?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 63203     11/25/2010 8:35:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Where is this place exactly? Can someone give exact directions?

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 63205     11/25/2010 8:55:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

Nevermind, I found the location on Google Earth.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 66861     2/12/2011 6:25:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

wow looks scary never been there my self...never have and never wil

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 69623     4/18/2011 5:22:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I have been there and there is no sign of anything "haunted" unless you think an iron footbridge and some beer cans is "Haunted".

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 69624     4/18/2011 5:22:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

It is so fake.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 75518     12/25/2011 3:21:00 PM     Edit       Reply    


its real easy to get there...take 131 to rockford/10mile rd go east to the marathon gas station turn right follow that to friske turn right follow that to a turn around walk the trail through the woods to the bridge....nothing spectacular.....i walked n stood on the bridge at midnight with a full moon n taunted and nothing happened no spirits no screams from children spirits nuthin but the sound of the river...not to mention the bridge doesnt look that old



               Like      Dislike        Comment# 82240     6/5/2013 5:02:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I live less than 2 miles away did some research and the iron bridge isn't the original bridge. If you go down summit ave in between 13 and 14 mile there is a super old stone bridge I'm not saying this is the bridge but Is less than 2 miles from the iron bridge. it could be similar to the original before the iron bridge was there. The man that did these killings was friske and the road must have named for his family. There is a couple old farm houses and the family must have owned that land. On the north end of the road especially in the summer the trees are so thick over the road that its like night in the middle of the day no lie. I'm gonna go to the library in Rockford to see if I can find any more info. Also algoma is the township this location is in Rockford is the town.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 85818     9/3/2014 5:01:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

I went last night around 10:30ish but it was pitch black. I heard screaming in the distance and splashing but tht was it. I was with people that was yelling out profanities at Elias and convincing him to push them in and do somethin and nothing happened. Idk what to believe but it was a little scary.

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 87672     10/5/2015 9:50:00 PM     Edit       Reply    

went there in the summer 2015... couldn't go all the way back to the bridge because of the eirie feeling I Got as I was attepmpting to drive down that road, not to mention the pouding head ache i got the closer i got, so i left. something is there, trust me!




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