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Cry Baby Bridge & Kali Oka

Saraland, Alabama
By Robin Wright

Take a turn off of Kali Oka Road in Saraland, Alabama, go carefully around Dead Man’s Curve (so named for the numerous fatal car accidents) and you will be heading towards Cry Baby Bridge and the Kali Oka Plantation. The plantation may look familiar to independent film buffs as it was used as the location for the horror film “Dead Birds,” where a mix of demonology and voodoo create a horrible place to stay the night in post-Civil War Alabama. There is an eerie aura around the plantation house and the smaller house that was once the slaves’ quarters. Some have said they have seen a woman in white lighting candles in a window. Others have spotted a hulking African American man, believed to have once been a slave on the plantation, walking the Kali Oka Road. These two ghosts, it has been said, are the reason you can hear a baby cry at night on the bridge just down the road.

The woman was the mistress of the plantation house, and her husband was an abusive, cold-hearted master. The giant was a slave and the Mistress’s lover. One night, the master of the house followed his wife as she entered the slaves’ quarters just behind the plantation house. He caught them in a lovers’ embrace, pulled them apart and at knife-point, forced the slave to a tree where he was chained up. Both of his hands were cut off for daring to touch the master’s wife, and he was left to die as a warning to others. Afterwards, the mistress of the house discovered she was pregnant. According to local tradition, she delivered a baby boy in the woods and drowned him in the nearby creek, where Cry Baby Bridge crosses today. Now, they say, one can hear the baby cry as his poor, innocent body touches the cold, running water in a constant repetition of his mother’s desperate betrayal. The slave still walks the road, looking for the son he’ll never know on the mortal plane.

But there is another version of the story, too…

Some believe the Master actually showed favoritism towards his behemoth slave. After the master’s death, however, the wife was the one who tied him up to the tree because she hated him so much. Insanely jealous, she supposedly left him tied to the tree in front of the house so that she could watch as he died a slow death.

Cry Baby Bridge also has multiple legends as to why one can hear a baby cry when you cross it at night. Some say a bunch of kids were playing on the bridge when they knocked a boy into the creek, where he downed. There are a few versions that a woman and her baby had a tragic accident. In some versions, she escapes and doesn’t even try to save the baby, in others, both she and the baby die. Those who follow logic claim that the sound is actually the wind blowing across the pipes that lay beneath the bridge, but that does not explain why cars have so much trouble crossing the bridge at night. Cars will stall, lights will go haywire, and some have even reported that their cars have moved from one end of the bridge to the other without any earthly aid.

Some have tried to get physical proof of the bridge’s haunting by sprinkling baby powder on a car from bumper to bumper. Wait inside the car for a few minutes, then go out and look. Some say that you will see a toddler’s hand and footprints. Another, much more satisfying twist on this (some have suggested) is to send a passenger out to sprinkle the car with baby powder. When they get out, drive away, leaving them alone in the dark to experience the bridge for themselves for a few frightening minutes. But we would never suggest such shenanigans….

No one knows which, if any, of the stories are true. Everyone does agree, however, that there is something definitely otherworldly in this area of Alabama. The plantation house has been relatively recently purchased and renovated by a family who do not seem bothered by the ghosts that haunt Kali Oka Road.

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becky says:

September 18, 2005, 5:26 pm

Interested in Cry Baby bridge, I need directions please!

Rachel says:

September 19, 2005, 12:29 am

Interested in cry baby bridge in Olathe, KS. I need to know where it is at in Olathe, KS. Please Help. Thank You.

Jessica says:

September 27, 2005, 12:00 pm

I would also like directions. My friends and I are planning on going around and finding some freaky things and see if they are true. Sounds scary enough for me! Thanks

cheryl says:

October 1, 2005, 1:27 am

Cry Baby Bridge…..directions…..Go out Hwy 45 North past Kushla and Mauvilla….on your right just past Dean Brothers Auto you will see a road…Kali Oaka….turn there….go approximately a mile, maybe a mile and a half…when you come to an old bridge that runs over a creek..that is Cry Baby Bridge. The dirt road that is just before it on the left has an old plantation on it, now owned by the University of South Alabama….there is an old cemetery there…..reported to be haunted.
The actual story of Cry Baby Bridge is that one time some boys were playing on the bridge and one of them got pushed in and he drowned…it is supposedly his spirit that haunts the bridge.

yooo says:

October 3, 2005, 4:08 pm

i need help!! i need directions to cry baby bridge in new jersey.. i think in woodbridge? if anyone knows wehre this is please leave some directions!!

Chris says:

October 4, 2005, 1:25 pm

Hey Yooo, damn straight you need some f**king help! Although, it makes sense a begging whiner like you would want to know how to get to Cry Baby Bridge!

Jake says:

October 4, 2005, 8:03 pm

If your reading this than your all F-ing stupid why would you put babypowder on a bridge? Why waste it you could use it on something else.

Ashley says:

October 6, 2005, 10:38 pm

I’ve been to Cry Baby’s Bridge and it is very real, you do hear the baby crying and the baby powder does work,I also had muddy baby foot prints appear on my car.

Kaitlyn says:

October 9, 2005, 11:29 am

this is no joke ive been to cry baby bridge in nj and i didnt hear crying but when i looked on my car i found baby prints along the hood

Krista says:

October 10, 2005, 6:41 pm

I heard about crybaby bridge in Edgefield, South Carolina, and I wanted directions because a couple friends and I want to go check it out oueselves.

brittney Jones says:

October 11, 2005, 9:51 am

That would be spooky ! not ! that does not make any sence about the baby powder thing!

Kathryn says:

October 16, 2005, 2:47 pm

I don’t understand the anger some of you are showing. I think some sort of therapy is in order.

Julie says:

October 18, 2005, 10:06 am

Does USA mind if you go out to the Kali Oaka plantation to take pictures. ?

Tammy says:

October 23, 2005, 2:58 pm

Hi y’all.. I have been to the Crybaby Bridge in Edgefield, SC. It is real! I went with a bunch of friends, we heard the baby cring but we didn’t know anything about the baby powder. We are going back for Halloween so I will try it then. You see figures in the woods, and the church is haunted also. The cult hangs out down there… so if you go you might want to be careful.

Trisha says:

October 24, 2005, 3:22 pm

Just exactly how many cry baby bridges are there?? Anybody know?

Deidra & Rylee says:

October 26, 2005, 12:19 pm

Holy **** Ya’ll ! Cry Baby Bridge in Alabama is sooo real ! The baby actually picked me and my friends up one at a time and threw us all in the creek! We only suffered broken bones but thankfully we survived! Whatever you do don’t put a whole bottle of baby powder on the bridge! There were footprints everywhere !
We think that there is more than just one baby ! Please don’t go- it’s too risky! God Bless!

TONY says:

October 26, 2005, 4:16 pm

I’VE BEEN THERE SERIOUSLY. I STAYED IN THE CAR OFF THE ROAD AND WATCHED MY FRIEND GO ON THE BRIDGE HE QUICKLY TURNED WAVING US TO COME ON. BUT INSISTED TO STAY INTHE CAR. MY OTHER FRIENDS DECIDED GO AND AS SOON AS THEY HEARD THE CRY THE WIND STARTED TO BLOW HARD AND THEY ALL RAN TO THE CAR SPEEDING OFF. THEY WERE FREAKED OUT AND SCARED. THIS STORY IS NOT A MYTH BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT THE BABY POWDER IS A JOKE

Sam says:

October 27, 2005, 12:56 am

Someone was wondering how many Cry Baby Bridges there are? I’m not sure, but there is one in Flintville, TN & it is wicked awesome!! I have never been more freaked out in my life!! Only at this bridge the mother of the baby is seen holding it & dropping it into the water. & if you get to close to her she starts coming at you like a crazy *****! One of my friends got to close to her and she suffered from cronic shock syndrome. She was literally lying on the ground shaking and she started to turn blue like she was freezing! I have never been back & never intend on going back!!

Jonathan says:

October 27, 2005, 9:53 pm

Any of ya’ll ever go to the Kalioka rd. plantation, just past cry baby bridge in saraland. Tha place is scary as hell. Story has it that it used to be a slae plantation and the couple that lived there had this huge black slave. The gentleman was nice to him but when he past away the wife wanted nothing to do with him so she chained him up in the front yard where he was left to die. I’ve been out there, and i ain’t heard any chains rattling or anything,….BUT. I did see a small child in a white robe ore something like that. That was confirmed by a friend of mine, who went two weeks after me…..and i hdn’t told him a hing about the child. Check it out!!

Kat says:

October 28, 2005, 1:52 pm

That story about the mother throwing the baby off the bridge is so scary. I would never go there, but ya’ll are stupid for wasting all of that gas just to go here a baby cry

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