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below gave me chills. After laughing and giggling
the whole car ride there, our mood was suddenly
solemn, like we all abruptly felt the despair of the
innocents who had diedthere.
Although I didn’t see any peering eyes and wasn’t
willing to risk tossing my legs over the bridge’s
side, I had a gut feeling that something very dark
had happened there and couldn’t look down for
too long.
And it’s worth noting that even if you’re a skeptic
of the supernatural, and the ghostly atmosphere
doesn’t scare you, the racist graffti will.
Old Auxvasse Cemetery
Less than a mile down the road, you’ll fnd Old
Auxvasse Cemetery on the grounds of the Old
Auxvasse Presbyterian Church. The cemetery,
enclosed by an old-fashioned iron gate, contains
graves dating from the Civil War to just a few
years ago.
And, as far I’m concerned, it, too, is defnitely
While walking around with my friends, we heard
strange noises that we couldn’t identify and often felt
like we weren’t the only ones there.
And, toward the older end of the cemetery, we experienced a very odd
occurrence. While viewing the different graves, my boyfriend suddenly
stopped in his tracks and turned pale.
He walked a little further up a hill and called me over. He asked me whether
I could sense something odd in the area and I certainly did. I smelled
something out of place, but couldn’t fgure out what it was.
“It’s gunpowder,” he said. And he was right. That’s exactly what is smelled
like. We walked away and a few minutes later the odor had vanished, but the
uncanny feeling remained.
Upon further examination, we noticed several graves of soldiers from the Civil
War where we had experienced the phenomenon.
So, this Halloween season, when you’re searching for good spooks and haunts,
you don’t have to go far. Just take a short drive and experience some of
Callaway County’s greatest local haunts.
Photos by Lincoln Purvis