The Legend of Train Bridge

Many Truman State University students consider Train Bridge a rite of passage. Groups of students will leave the comforts of campus and drive down miles of secluded gravel roads to reach the wooden bridge and watch trains pass below. The bridge is a popular place to venture at night where students anticipate experiencing the spot of legend for themselves.

Adam Davis, an English professor at Truman State and a member of the Missouri Folklore Society, explains why students might be attracted to Train Bridge from a folkloristic perspective in this edition of the Detours Travel Tip.