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Urban Legends of Dog Kennel Road

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Ask anyone who grew up in Broomall Or Media(Yes it’s in both) Pennsylvania what the creepiest road in town is and they’ll all give you the same answer: Dog Kennel Road. Name alone should give you shivers but then you see it.

A road that is so tight and overgrown it merely seems to be a tunnel through the trees. Even the brightest summer sun barely trickles in through the canopy. It’s a great road to run. Personally my long hogs would turn into a sprint because you really just can’t feel comfortable on the road.

The Urban Legends

My knowledge is that there is two Urban Legends connected with Dog Kennel Road all connected with the same trick to bring the ghost or the demon out to your car. There are three bridges, made of old stone.

You can barely tell they’re there anymore since they’ve been paved over. But if you look close on the sides you can see what they are.

Step 1. What you must do is start your car on the Paxon Hollow side of Dog Kennel Road.

Step 2. Drive to the first bridge and turn your car off. Turn your lights off for one full minute. Turn the lights back on for 30 seconds. Turn them back off and leave them off for another full minute. Turn them back on for another 30 seconds. Turn them off for the last time for another minute. Promptly turn the car back on and start driving.

Step 3. Stop on the second bridge. Turn your lights off for one full minute. Turn the lights back on for 30 seconds. Turn them back off and leave them off for another full minute. Turn them back on for another 30 seconds. Turn them off for the last time for another minute. Promptly turn the car back on and start driving.

Step 4. Stop on the third bridge. Turn your lights off for one full minute. Turn the lights back on for 30 seconds. Turn them back off and leave them off for another full minute. Turn them back on for another 30 seconds. Turn them off for the last time and leave them off.

Step 5. Wait.

This is where the legend has always differed. One of two things is supposed to happen.

The Murdered Girl

According to most, the ghost of a little girl murdered on the road will then appear to you. Accounts of whether she’s walking or if she’s hanging in a tree differ but most do agree that a little girl will appear to you on this bridge.

The Murderer

The other legend I have heard is that the murderer, known as Three Fingered Fred, would them appear to you and try to claim another victim for Dog Kennel Road. How the heck he’s killing anyone with three fingers is beyond me but the legend states a man with three fingers killed the little girl.

Now, do I believe this? Not entirely. I’ve personally done this at least 15-20 times and have never seen anything. I’ve run on this road at night and I swear things are watching me as I run. My aunt did this with my cousin and I when we were 12 and she actually pushed him out and drove off. Left him there shitting himself for like 15 minutes. I’d like to say he’s fine but he now has a Canadian anchor baby and works on an oil rig in the great white north. So is he ok? You make the call.

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One thought on “Urban Legends of Dog Kennel Road

  1. I lived for 4 years at 1910 Dog Kennel Road, Nov.1983-Feb 1988.
    I never encountered any ghosts anywhere along the road.
    By the way, Dog Kennel Rd. is ENTIRELY in UPT. None of it is in Marple Twp. It starts on the northwest end a few feet AFTER crossing the bridge on Paxon Hollow Rd. into Upper Providence Twp.

    I never regarded DKR as creepy or haunted. It was a good road to live because it was narrow, winding, bumpy, and tree-lined. But in those years I lived there, NO trick-or-treaters. No kid in his right mind wandered along that road at night.

    ==Art Candenquist
    Rappahannock County, Va.

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