Withstanding White Lady Road

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Withstanding White Lady Road

Withstanding White Lady Road
Withstanding White Lady Road

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Leroy, North Dakota is considered one of North Dakota’s many ghost towns or forgotten towns of old.  Leroy is located in the upmost north eastern corner of North Dakota and featuring many abandoned places and buildings, the area sets the perfect stage for any ghost story.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, the area proves to have more stories than even residents.

One of the most popular and widely circulated stories in the area is that of White Lady Road, sometimes referred to as White Lady Lane.  The road goes through the Tetrault Woods and falls between Leroy and the neighboring town of Walahalla.  The Tetrault Woods are commonly visited by nature lovers due to the great scenery for hiking, horseback riding, picnics, wildlife observation, skiing, and snowmobiling.

The woods are also widely visited in hopes of running into the White Lady herself.  Local legend has it that a young girl met a shiesty man who took advantage of the girl’s naivety.  He swindled her for money and goods, and she quickly became pregnant out of wedlock.  She had a very religious set of parents who were mortified at what their daughter had done and destroyed by the shame she would surely bring to their family.  As such, they forced her to marry the man whose child she carried. The man wanted no part of the marriage and had to be persuaded with a dowry that nearly bankrupted the family.  The young girl married the man against her will and almost as soon as the final vows were said, the girl lost the baby she was carrying.

Withstanding White Lady Road

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Having nowhere to turn and wanting nothing to do with her new life, the girl ran away on her wedding night and hung herself from a bridge near the Tetrault Woods.  When she was found missing and did not return, a small party was sent to look for her.  The girl’s parents had all but disowned her and her new husband could hardly hide his relief when her body was found, dangling, still dressed in her modest wedding gown.  The bridge was located down a narrow road off of County 9.

The White Lady road is filled with strange phenomenon.  For starters, anyone traveling down the road is stricken with fear as they see the road continually grow smaller and smaller until there is barely room for a single car.  The woods surrounding the road are dark and empty.  The bridge for traveling is old and rickety.  It is no wonder that an ominous sensation of darkness and melancholy quickly envelop anyone brave enough to travel the road.

Many visitors seem to stumble across the odd road on accident.  They report feeling almost drawn there, despite not intending to end up on it.  The unluckiest travelers are even more shocked to see a woman throw herself over the bridge.  Running to her rescue, just as they reach the edge of the road, the woman disappears.  Others have reported seeing her walking or sitting on the edge of the bridge, always clad in a wedding dress.

Megan Borchert
Megan Borchert
Lover of all things unusual, Megan is a staff attorney for the state of South Dakota. When she's not stuffed in an office writing case synopses, you can find her at home with her army of Schnauzers, snuggled up with some strong wine and a good book.

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