The Legend of Bloody Run by Mike O’Connor- Part Three


NOTE: This, again, is not a picture of Bloody Run, but of a similar rail accident. And, in Part 4, Dave Noreika will be bringing you his thoughts on Bloody Run.

How is the Legend of Bloody Run taken yet today? Many of the people of this area believe the area of Bloody Run is haunted. In the blackened night the rumble of a phantom train can be heard in the distance by the sound of an errie whistle followed the crash of thunder from the gully where the accident occurred.

On stormy days the sounds of loons can be heard and they are oftentimes confused with the wails and cries of the tormented men who lost their lives in that train derailment. But whether or not you believe the legend of Bloody Run is up to you! And whether or not you believe that the ghosts of those men still roam about Bloody Run Hill is also up to you.

Can you explain why the creek runs red every year on the anniversary date of the Bloody Run tragedy? Tomorrow the conclusion to the Legend of Bloody Run.

5 thoughts on “The Legend of Bloody Run by Mike O’Connor- Part Three

  1. Thanks for shedding light on Bloody Run. Dad would be pleased that his photos were of some use to the conntinuation of the tale. May I add that on a clear, wind-free day we would at times hear the train whistle blow in alarm?……Until we later discovered it came from the C&LC RR LOL!

  2. I will have my summation of the matter later today with some questions that I raise as well.

  3. This photo was taken around 1913 on the Manistee and Grand Rapids Railroad Line between Peacock and Millerton. The exact location of this photo is on the line where it crosses McCarthy Creek. This photo is looking south. One of the drains for the creek to flow benath the grade had failed and caused the grade to wash out.
    The location of the Bloody run accident was approximately 1 mile north of this location on a narrow gauge logging railroad called the Manistee and Luther Railroad. Both railroad grades are clearly still evident today.
    The Manistee and Luther Railroad operated by RG Peters only ran for a few years during the 1880’s. The main purpose of the railroad was to get the lumber out of the woods and to his mill in Manistee. The source for this information was a history of Lake County Logging Railroads I found in the Baldwin Library. This resource below I located at the UM Library looks really interesting. http://bentley.umich.edu/research/guides/railroads/rr_search.php?id=137
    I would love to get down there someday to look through this.

  4. I have done some research in the two Manistee area museums. Found a bunch of great Manistee and Luther and Grand Rapids and Manistee photos. Let me know if you want to see them.
    Ed

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