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Phantom Hitchhiker

Columbia, South Carolina

On US 76, it is said that an old, ghostly hitchhiker appears at the entrance of the bridge-usually on rainy or foggy nights. The lady, who appears to be in distress, is usually offered help by most. The apparition, who is said to be extremely lifelike, gets into the back seat and tells the driver she is en route to Columbia to visit her mother. Giving them an address on Pickens Street, she continues to converse with the driver before becoming silent. By that time, the car is across the river, the woman has disappeared. It is said that in the 1940s, a woman was killed in the spot that is now the beginning of the bridge, while trying to get to Columbia to see her mother.

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Savannah says:

June 26, 2010, 5:55 pm

This is something related to me.

LP says:

August 16, 2010, 4:02 pm

It doesn’t matter if it’s real or not. It’s part of local lore. It’s fun to tell the stories. Granted, I’ve never seen anyone and I wouldn’t pick up a hitch-hiker to begin with but for people that get creaped out, just remember that the ghost is a person, just without a body. They had lives just like we do now. Think of it as history “living on.” There may be something to be learned from them.

James Weathersby says:

August 16, 2010, 5:05 pm

Hi, If anyone is game to look for parnormal activity in S.C. please let me know. My number is (803)237-6279.We could look for this girl or others.Thanks,James.

James Weathersby says:

August 16, 2010, 5:10 pm

Hi, For people that dont know where this brdge is , its the one crossing the Wateree River between Sumter and Columbia at the Richland County and Sumter County line.

TJ says:

November 23, 2010, 4:13 pm

This girl is on the bridge on Highway 378 heading towards Columbia as you are crossing over the river. I have seen her on 2 different occasions.

Jane Johnson says:

December 1, 2010, 6:31 pm

this story is soooo true my mom pick up this womana and she was just sitting in the back seat then when my mom turned to ask her if she needed to stop and use the restroom she wasn’t there!! we were soooooooooo freaked out!!!!

leigh says:

March 17, 2011, 9:55 pm

I have heard this story all my life-and have heard it actually has happen to several people. There are several stories out there–but I truely believe in this one.

A R says:

August 7, 2011, 12:13 am

From a personal experience…. this is true, but the lady is not old. Me and my father actually experienced this one. The lady was really odd, and I was very young, but all I know is that she disappeared before we ever dropped her off at her home.

opal says:

September 29, 2011, 5:30 pm

jst bc sum of u haven’t had the experience doesn’t mean it’s not true. u know ghosts do not appear 2 everyone. they only appear when they want to b seen.

love says:

October 3, 2011, 1:58 pm

this is cool i want to do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hearse_Boy_86 says:

October 16, 2011, 11:18 pm

Not trying to be funny, but I wonder what would happen if she was givin a ride in a hearse. Being from the Columbia area, I would love to find out what that Pickens street address is so I could investigate this further

Graceland says:

March 2, 2014, 12:54 pm

That’s a smart answer to a tricky quiotesn

BETH COKER says:

April 9, 2014, 9:31 pm

THIS IS NOT HOW LOTTIE DIED ARE HAUNTS THAT BRIDGE ! SHE WAS A NURSE AND ON HER WAY HOME AND HER CAR BROKE DOWN A CAR HIT HER AND KILLED HER SHE IS NOT HITCHING A RIDE !!! SHE IS SIMPLY ON HER WAY HOME ! HER GRAVE IS IN TURBYVILLE LAST NAME MORRIS !

BETH COKER says:

April 9, 2014, 9:40 pm

AND FOR THOSE WHO DONT BELIEVE THIS, MY GREAT AUNT IS IN OUR FAMILY CEMETERY !BUT YES SHE IS STILL THERE WHEN THE WEATHER IS AS IT WAS THAT WINTER NIGHT!

Russ says:

March 11, 2015, 11:31 pm

Live 15 minutes from Wateree Bridges. Had a girlfriend that has me stop so she could pee at the median between the east and west 378/76. You mighta seen her squating! That was a good night. She didnt take her socks off, though! gotta get the socks off! I put my boat in at 76 bridge. Never known anyone that saw any ghost, just deer, a bear (lately) and a dark cougar with long tail. These do exist!

Bobby Boogey says:

March 11, 2015, 11:42 pm

Never saw the ghost, but my Daddy picked up The Goat Man in late 60’s near the river! Goat Man smelled horrible and sat next to me in Daddy’s 66 Ford f-100, I think it was a 100 or maybe the 150 had come out in 66′. Anyway, Goatman was 100% real man, and I smelled and saw him and his cart, goats, and pots n pans. It was cool! It was the only time I saw him, but he made it all over South in 50’s and into 60’s. I may be off by a couple of years, but there was no forgetting the yellowish white beard, railroad looking cap, and damn smell of goat piss. I owned a big billy goat that pissed on his beard and would butt the horses on our farm. We moved him to a pen at our ” stable hands” house, He got BBQ on July 4th when his family came from Philly for watermelon and goat meat!! Damn they couldnt have chewed that meat with pliers!

Nelson Murray says:

October 22, 2016, 7:13 pm

I heard this story in the 60’s growing up in Sumter many times as a friend of a friend and one friend(don’t remember who or details this was around 50 years ago) who claimed it had happened to him and a parent.

Graham says:

May 30, 2017, 4:22 am

The phantom hitchhiker is one of the most prevalent ghost stories out there. I live in the UK and there’s a VERY famous one just a few miles from me. Google ‘phantom hitchhiker of Bluebell Hill’ – you’ll get loads of hits. The legend in this case has been tied down to a fatal car accident involving a group of bridesmaids about fifty years ago. I’ve driven along Bluebell Hill many times in all sorts of weather but sadly I’ve never seen her.

Graham says:

October 10, 2017, 11:39 pm

Planning on popping down to Bluebell Hill again this Halloween with my son. Will OF COURSE post if we see her… 🙂

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