Hometown Tales Podcast

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Highway 365, AR - The Vanishing Hitchhiker

From Jersey to Oregon, every state has it’s own version of the “Vanishing Hitchhiker” legend. This urban legend has been alive and well since the 1950s. But for some reason, Highway 365 in Arkansas (specifically around Little Rock Woodson, Redfield and Pine Bluff) has an overabundance of sightings.

Here’s the basic legend: A driver gives a young woman a lift home to her house. He gets out of the car, walks around to her side of the vehicle to open the door because he’s a gentleman, and discovers the girl is gone. Bewildered, he goes up to the house only to learn that the young lady had been killed on this very same night years ago. On each anniversary of her death, she finds another unwitting driver to bring her home.
Another tale involves a bridge near Batesville and a driver who picked up a girl on a night back in 1973. The girl was bruised and battered and she told the driver she had been in an accident. Same thing: the girl’s father says that his daughter had died one month before in an accident at the bridge near Batesville.

A pretty young girl in a pale party dress is known to flag down drivers and ask for help. This time a coat is left in the car. The driver returns the coat the next day, learning that the coat belonged to someone’s daughter who died in a car crash … a decade ago.

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