Pope Lick Creek Train Trestle

 

On my way back from the EPIC WOLFPACK meet and greet (last blog) I got to stop by somewhere that I’ve wanted to see for several years. The Pope Lick Creek Train Trestle. The trestle sits over 700 feet long, and is at least 90 feet tall. A few people have died on the bridge-trestle, and some would say it was the doing of the Pope Lick Monster: a part goat, part sheep, part man who is said to lure people on the trestle to meet their fate. There was a movie based off the monster called, “The Legend of The Pope Lick Monster” released in 1988. Just a year earlier two kids had died from injuries received from the dangerous trestle. The trestle itself was built in 1929, and some say the legend dates back several generations.

According to some the creature uses either hypnosis or voice mimicry to lure trespassers onto the trestle to meet their fate before an oncoming train. Other stories boast that the beast jumps down from the trestle onto cars passing beneath it. There are even legends of the monster attacking its victims with a blood stained ax, and that the very sight of the dreadful creature is so unsettling, that all who see it while walking across the trestle are driven to leap to their death. Some believe the monster to be a circus freak, who swore revenge after being mistreated by it’s superiors. Others say it is a monster that escaped from a train wreck after a train derailed on the pope lick creek trestle. Some even say that the beast is a malformed reincarnation of a farmer who sacrificed goats in order to gain some sort of satanic powers.

I managed to hike my way up to the trestle, and although I desperately wanted to cross, (it’s on my adrenaline junky bucket list) I felt it wasn’t the right time to do so. I didn’t put my boots on going up there, and my flip flops broke on the steep grade going up to the trestle, which is littered with old barbed wire and rocks. Once you get up there you can really see why it’s so dangerous. On either side of the bridge are sharp curves in the tracks, making it seemingly impossible to know if a train is coming from either direction. And once you are out onto the bridge there is no where to go but down. I had to trust my intuition on this one, and not cross the infamous death trestle this time. If you would like to learn more about this legend here is my video I made about the Pope Lick Monster.

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