During Civil War times, with her husband fighting in the war, Sara Jane and her newborn lived alone in a house out in the woods on a wagon trail along the Neches River, Texas.
One day she received word that the Union soldiers were on their way, so she placed her baby in a wicker basket and set the basket under the wooden bridge that was near her house and returned home.
Once the Union soldiers had left, Sara Jane made her way back to the bridge to retrieve her baby, but when she got there, the baby was nowhere to be found. The Neches River had risen and carried the baby away.
Sara Jane searched the banks of the river for hours, screaming and crying, but to no avail. Grief striken and unable to find her child, Sara Jane hung herself from a tree which hung low over the small wagon trail near the wooden bridge.
On certain nights if you stand on the bridge at midnight, you may see the light of a lantern flickering in the woods and hear Sara Jane as she moans and calls for the baby she left under the bridge. The unlucky few can sometimes also hear the cries of the baby in the distance.
The road itself also has a high rate of fatal car crashes. It is said that on certain dark nights, the ghost of Sara Jane appears in the middle of the road,causing drivers to veer off the roads to their deaths.
For those brave enough, you can stand on the bridge after dark and call out “Sara Jane, I have found your child” or “I’ve got your baby Sara Jane” and her spirit will appear.
Since that day long ago, the locals have called the road which went past her house, Sara Jane Road, although today it is called East Port Neches Road.
According to people who have researched this legend, only one Sara Jane has ever lived in the area. Her name was Sarah Jane Sweeney Block and she has three children that are alive and well today. She passed .away in 1983 at the age of 99. Sarah Jane was born in Grand Chenier, LA in 1884 and moved to Nederland in 1906. She married Will Block, one of the founding fathers of Port Neches, in 1919.
Sara Jane Road does indeed exist but the only connection between the real Sarah Jane and her namesake stretch of road was a work of fiction perpetuated by a Port Arthur News writer years ago.
“My mother worked dawn to dusk for 99 years,” William Block, Sara’s son, is quoted as saying. “She was a sweet lady and was the hardest working person I’ve ever known. She’s certainly not a restless spirit.”
The high number of fatal car accidents is explained due to the notoriously winding roads, lack of lighting in the woods and drivers travelling too fast.
Yet many people have claimed to have seen the ghosts. Liars, or is there something REALLY there?
Unexplained-mysteries.com: Sara Jane Road Legend
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