During the American Civil War, there was a road in Texas between Groves and Port Neches. A woman named Sarah Jane lived on this road. Her husband was away, fighting in the war as a confederate soldier. When enemy soldiers were passing through the area, Sarah Jane feared that they would kill her and her baby.
She went down to the river and placed her small infant in a wicker basket. Then Sarah hid the baby under the bridge, to protect the child. Sarah made her way back down the road to her home and waited for the Union soldiers to arrive.
After the soldiers passed by, she went back to the bridge to retrieve her baby. Unfortunately, the baby was nowhere to be found. The tide had risen and carried the baby away downstream.
Sara Jane searched through the night down the banks of the Neches River for hours in hopes of finding her baby safe and sound. Neighbors could hear Sarah Jane’s screams as she searched, and she kept running up to people, weeping pitifully and asking “Have you seen my baby?”.
Grief-striken and unable to find her child, Sarah Jane walked back to the bridge and hung from from the wooden beams beneath it. When people found her body, they saw a message scratched into the wood under the bridge that read “Where Is My Baby”.
As the story goes, if you go out to Sara Jane Road at night and stand by the water’s edge, you can still hear Sarah Jane’s baby crying off in the distance. Some people claim they’ve spotted a noose hanging beneath the bridge. Others say they’ve also seen Sarah Jane’s ghost searching along the side of the river for the infant child she lost so many years ago.
Locals say you can stand in the middle of the bridge on a dark night, and call for the ghost of Sarah Jane to appear. You have to repeat seven times “I’ve got your baby Sarah Jane”.