The Legend of Bloody Run- Epilogue


For the last three days I’ve provided for you Mike O’Connor’s account of The Legend of Bloody Run that was found in the Michigan Holiday News from 1989. I would now like to make a few observations about this event.

Most people are probably unaware of the fact that in those days it was the conductor that was in charge of the train and not the engineer. However that particular conductor’s “Loco-Motive” of taking over the train and replacing the engineer was crazy. Their argument had to be overheard by the lumbermen and I wonder how they felt about the inexperienced conductor taking over for the engineer? I wonder how many of those lumbermen chose not to continue onward with that train?

Also how many of those lumbermen might have jumped the train before it ran off the track? Were there any survivors at all? One also has to wonder about the last thoughts of the conductor as he saw the train out of control? I would take it that the engineer was not around for that ride so what were his thoughts?

I found the speculation of Mr. O’Connor in regard to his after thoughts about the incident intriguing. Do local residents still hear errie sounds relating to that accident even today? Does that creek really run red on the day of that anniversary or are some locals helping that along with some cherry Kool-Aid?

Has anyone reading Big Bass Lake and Beyond been to that scene of late especially at night? I would be most interested in your observations.

3 thoughts on “The Legend of Bloody Run- Epilogue

  1. Dave, I have a pretty good handle on the exact location of this event assuming it happened. There is only one such grade with a sharp curve at the bottom. A couple of locals had also related the story to me before I read this and clued me into the spot. One of these days I plan to go over there with a metal detector to poke around. If such an event happened there would still be small peices of twisted steel in the ground not far below the surface. Work has been crazy for a while not so time for hobbies has been scarce. I am taking a week off over the summer and maybe I can go then.

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  2. yes i have i went last night we heard the engine of the train and heard the train whistle and have heard the moans from the ones taken by this accident i thought it was pretty cool and yes the water does have blood in it i seen it this summer when it rained the night before. i have went by it with my kids and they asked me and i said i had no clue until now i do know why thanks for shareing this legend.

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