Imagine that you are now in a small town many years ago, in fact, you will be travelling back to October, 1, 1982. In Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World opens the second largest theme park, EPCOT Center, to the public for the first time, but that is a totally other realm.
Mr. John Craddock was a pretty wealthy man who loved to donate money to projects that he saw fit to be completed. Craddock lived in a beautiful home at the corner of Cornbread road and 5th street. The house had actually once been lived in by the mayor of the city until the last mayor moved out to the wealthy neighborhood of Nashborough which is just south of downtown.
Now Craddock was a well known man and the people around him found him to be extremely happy and friendly, yet, he is also incredibly mysterious. Many people do not believe he is so generous just for a kind heart, but to keep something hidden.
You now drive over to the town of Salem
The Town of Salem is a typical small American town located along a typical medium sized river, maybe it is the Wabash, maybe it is the Cumberland, you might never know, but what you do know is that you are surrounded by endless fields.
Why did you drive all of the way out here? The reason is that Mr. Craddock funded the construction of the bridge here. The bridge is nothing special from the outside, but if you were to learn the history of this bridge then you would be stunned that you had ever been here.
This bridge was built to replace a corroded, rotted out wooden bridge which was built in 1802 and was sadly never put on the National register of historic bridges. An old picture is kept at the local library.
The John Craddock Memorial bridge is amazing because this is the spot where an enormous terrorist plot was foiled. The plan was to have hundreds of extremist followers walking around Washington D.C. with enough explosive to kill 100,000 people. Why were they in Salem you may ask? Salem is a small town without any snoopy people and is located close to a highway leaving a 3 to 4 hour drive to Washington D.C.
John Craddock Bridge has many more legends, some stretching back to the original wooden bridge.
Maybe you'd like to to tell you the rest of them?