Ghosts & Haunts In Missouri Wilcox Road Stories
This Rail Road Track has real trains using it, Never Park On It!.

I saw your website and I saw the letter that was sent to you about Wilcox Rd. being haunted. I am 22 years old and I have heard the stories about Wilcox Rd. and the train tracks and I have also heard several other stories about it as well. For instance I have heard that one night this married couple had just laid the baby down for the night (and keep in mind the baby wasn't even a year old yet) not long after they put the baby to bed they went to bed as well. When they woke up the next morning the mother went to check on her baby and the baby was gone. All the doors and windows were locked in the house so while the mother went around looking for the baby the father went around checking all the doors and windows and nothing was broke everything was locked up just like it was when they had went to bed. They had called the police and kept on searching for the baby they also had help from the neighbors and when they had found the baby it was face down in the creek that had water in it. The creek that the baby had died in would be the one with a little concrete bridge that has no side rails on it. I have went down Wilcox Rd. a couple of times to see if I would be able to see anything at all but I was with several friends and we had never had the chance to actually see anything because the first time we tried 2 of my friends freaked out and one of them was crying really hard so we left, as for the second time I had a couple more friends freak out so we left again and every since then I haven't been able to talk anyone into going back with me to actually find anything out. T.A.P

I found your web site while surfing. I was amazed at all the stories. I'm from Broseley, Mo. Which is 11 miles east of Poplar Bluff. On Dec. 24, 1988. I went out cruising with a friend and his girlfriend. While driving up and down the strip, my friend started talking about the devil worshipers and their "churches". Which at that time was THREE devil churches!! in Poplar Bluff! I'm one who has to see. They were there alright each one had the word church in quotes, the doors were red and each of the pastors names were old English names. We heard that devil worshipers were chased out of the area by the police. So we drove down to Wilcox Road. Just before we crossed the wooden bridge, we locked the doors and rolled up the windows. We didn't find any worshipers, we did see a red light moving down the train tracks. Donnie's girlfriend told us that its the Wilcox Ghost Light. That the Wilcox family's son was killed playing on the train tracks. They found the boy's body but they never found the head! Seeing that light was unreal. I wanted a better look so sat there for a couple of minutes. Til it looked like it was moving toward us! They closer it got the more intense it became. That's when I floored the gas and left! Its still one of the weirdest things I've ever seen!
SL

Late one evening my son, daughter and myself were talking about ghostly sighting in and around Poplar Bluff and my son mentioned Wilcox Road. We decided to jump in the car and take a drive in search of a ghost!! Upon arriving at the railroad tracks an eerie feeling came over me. I just brushed it off thinking, "its because of all the stories I had heard as a child" We didn't park on the railroad tracks, but parked just past the tracks. The night was so still and quiet, one could hear a pin drop. We got out of the car and approached the tracks and the faint smell of roses suddenly waived the air. I started looking around for a rose bush or some kind of flower that would resemble the scent. There was none. I have always heard that spirits smell of roses. I don't know if this meant anything but was an interesting evening. Something fun for the whole family!!
JM

Hi!
My husband and I checked out this place last Friday night since so many people had seen stuff here. We got there about 10 pm. We took main street to Wilcox RD and after we drove over the tracks, we got out of my truck. The place was completely dark so we had to use a flashlight. We walked towards the tracks and when we got up on them, We both heard a train. The weird thing was, this train sounded close like it was crossing the tracks where we were at. But in the total darkness, there were no train lights. My husband got down and felt the tracks and said they were perfectly still. Suddenly out of nowhere, the train noise stopped. Right then, We heard this agonizing moaning (male voice)coming from the other side of the tracks. It sounded maybe 15 or 20 feet away but it was so loud. Now, he is very hard of hearing (due to gunfire he was around in the marines.)and even he heard it. He started looking around to see where the moaning came from, but no one was in sight. He's also very skeptical about the paranormal and ghost hunting but he agrees this was beyond weird. We plan on trying this again to see if any figures or lights show up. The sounds were by far the creepiest thing I've ever experienced though.  I've heard of some hoaxs around here but this place was completely real.
SD

I just wanted to write and inform you that two teens were killed at the train tracks on Wilcox road June 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM. They were playing around, trying to see the ghosts, they turned off the car and didn't realize that the tracks were still in operation.
When they saw and heard the train coming they tried to start the car and leave, but the engine wouldn't turn over. All of the people in Poplar Bluff have been out there one time or another to park on the tracks and see the ghosts, but since the tracks are now in operation, it's gotten too dangerous.
I didn't know if you were aware, but thought that you might want to put something on your website, warning about the dangers of parking on the tracks. Police are doing constant patrols of the area.
H A


My brother, some friends, and I went out driving around about two years ago and Wilcox Road was mentioned as a good place to go for a scare.  So we drove out there, we didn't try anything.  However, we drove by and a car was parked on the curve just as you cross over the railroad tracks.  We went to turn around, some of us checking out this car, wondering why it was parked by the tracks like that.  Then all of a sudden we saw someone stand up in the car.  It seemed as though the person was standing up on the ground, through the car.  None of knew how to explain it, we all freaked out and drove off.
H B


The story about the devil worshipping churches in Poplar Bluff are true and the red doors. Although they weren't ran out of town by 1988. When I was 13 back in 93 a friend and I started going to a church we were invited to in town off Ditch Road, don't remember the street name but I could drive you right to it. Any way at the time I was young but I knew there was something strange about the church and the people and the way they did things. Like the time they sent us teens upstairs and some older member lit candles and shut off the lights had us sit in a circle and they started chanting! My mom would not let me go back after that and I didn't want to anyways. My friend continued to go not realizing what she was dealing with but she was about to... the church had a sleep in/ lock in and the youth leader had the teens get in the church van for a field trip only he took them to Wilcox Rd and there was people chanting and in a circle around a fire. This was across the track and under the bridge twords the woods she said. My girlfriend said she wouldn't get out and stayed in the van scared for her life. When they got back to the church soon as she got out of the van she ran straight home. I swear with everything I have this is true.
T P



On a whim a friend, his girlfriend and I went to Wilcox Road to check
if it was actually haunted. We stopped the truck, turned it off, and
did all that the story requires with no results. Finally, I got tired
of waiting and walked around on the tracks for a while. I have a cheap
EMF meter, and got nothing so I got back in the truck. I decided to
take a few pictures and I can email them to you if you'd like, as I
don't like to clog up other people's email.I've got three really good
ones. The weather was clear, near 45 with near no wind. I saw some of
the stories on your site mentioned not even getting orbs, but I got
them by the truckload.  Thanks for your time.
D M


When I first moved to Poplar Bluff, I had a friend tell me about Wilcox rd. I  didn't really buy into it untill another one of my friends told me about it. So one night I thought I've heard enough to go and check it out myself.  The first time I went with two of my friends, we kept in the car as one told the stories they have heard and the other drove.   As he told the stories I kept having an strange feeling creeping over me, and as I was jokeing about it him about it, soon after that the girl who was driveing freaked out saying she saw something running across the railroad tracks just before we got to them. So she turned around and drove like a bat out of hell, all the while telling us she saw something and would never go back.
So the second time I went I made sure to have to guys with me who could take all the hype and to see if we could find something. After asking around about it I found out about people who have died there, and of the satanic cults that was said to use the area.   One story I heard was about a shack that the cult used some where just pass where the road ends.  Once again as soon as we hit the dirt road I began to feel strange again, I just assumed it was because of the stories but it got worse as soon as we got out of the car.  We walk maybe three feet away from the car when we heard something from in front of us. Being dark we couldn't see anything but it seemed to be a slight moaning sound. Once again one friend freaked out and we left not knowing what that sound was.
I've been there many times since then, sometimes not experinceing anything and others seeing strange lights and what seems to look like little shadows runing to and from the rail road tracks.   I've never thought to take a camera or vido camera with me but next time I go I'll make sure I do.
SF

Poplar Bluff  Wilcox Road at the railroad tracks. From Wilcox road after 1/4 of a mile the road will fork, turn left at the fork. continue down this road to the rail road tracks.   People report seeing ghosts here during the evening. A story here is of a train which jumped the tracks.  If you get out of you car you can see a decapitated man in the ditch searching for his head, many people have seen this (including myself).  I am from Poplar Bluff and have heard this story since I was a little kid.  My husband and I tried it out a few months ago with no results.  Anyone else ever tried it, or know anything about it?  Does anyone even live anywhere near me?  Poplar Bluff is in SE Missouri.
LR

You have a letter from someone talking of the ghost at the train tracks on Wilcox road in poplar bluff. I have heard of this and even seen it on other web sites. The story is that a train wrecked at that crossing in the '40s and most of the People died. A pregnant woman was found but her unborn child was gone. A decapitated man was found but his head remained missing. they say if you stop on the railroad tracks and turn your vehicle off as well as the lights, radio, etc, your windows will fog up unusually quick. Once they are to foggy to see out them, someone will either knock or u roll down your window to see a ghost woman asking if you have seen her baby. Also, if you get out and look in the ditch a man with no head has been seen feeling his way around for it.  Me and some friends attempted to see if this worked but the guy driving chickened out, so I don't no if it works or not. I have also heard stories of animal sacrifices and satanic rituals happening under a bridge a bit further down the road.


I went to Wilcox road last night with friends.  I have talked to people who have heard of the headless man legend.  Also I found out that within the past 5 years another man was killed there.  He had been sniffing gas and laid across the tracks and fell asleep.  A train came and starting blowing his horn, the conductor of the train said the man sat up and looked in the opposite direction and laid back down.  He was killed minutes later.  We took numerous photos and had 3 that showed anything.  We did park on the tracks and our windows did not fog up quickly.  We got tired of waiting and got out to take the photos.  It was a clear night about 45 degrees. The last pic shows no orbs etc. So you can see how clear the camera is.  I am also sending you photos from another location.  We were told about a house where a man killed his wife years ago.  I believe we found the remainder of the foundation last night.  The first pic is of a friend near the foundation with orbs.  The second shot, she moved and no orbs.  The weird thing is the shots with orbs or ecto, she was in everyone.  There are a couple she was in the shot with nothing.  I find it odd thought that she was in every shot where we saw an orb or ecto. 
C


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