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Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge
The legend begins with the passage through Meridian of the infamous Dalton Gang. The gang is said to have left behind a member by the name of Stuckey. Stuckey, according to legend, “murdered and robbed countless victims in the southwestern corner of the county during the first half of the nineteenth century.” Stuckey built a hotel near the site of the old bridge and slayed his patrons, stole their money, throwing their bodies onto the banks of the Chunky at the future site of the bridge.
After the bridge was erected in 1850, Stuckey was caught, brutally beaten and hung from the railings of the bridge. Legend holds that Stuckey haunts the bridge to this day, bitter and menacing, angry at having been subjected to the same fate as his victims. His treasure was never too be found.
Some claim to have seen the ghost in the form of an old man carrying a lantern along the banks of the Chunky or to have heard the conspicuous sound, with no apparent source, of a loud splash from beneath the bridge. Rumor holds that the splashes are echoes of Stuckey’s body hitting the water after being cut from the noose, and that anyone looking in the right spot at the time of the splash will be able to see a glowing spot where his body met with the cold waters of the Chunky.
This is not a cache for the light hearted. It will take you off the bridge and off the beaten path. This is experience Cachers, or ones looking for good challenge. Stuckey’s Bridge was posted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Readers who would like to experience the legend for themselves can find it on Stuckey Bridge Road in Savoy, where it intersects with Meehan-Savoy Road. Just look for the sign that says “STUCKEY BRIDGE CLOSED” in big black letters.
Your Journey will begin at the posted coordinates, and the trail is marked with reflective tacks. Please beware someone may be watching you. The area is thick with overgrowth so be prepared, and when it’s raining it will be slick.
To start the journey you will need the KEY. This was said to be found where the bodies were buried! (This will be close to the starting coordinates.)
GOOD LUCK! And watch out for old man Stuckey!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum