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Watch out for ghosts at 100 Steps

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

These time worn steps, numbering about 60, can lead you to a picturesque spot in the daytime, or a scary encounter at night when you will count 100 steps leading to the top.

According to the local legend, getting a vision of what fate holds for you is easy: Arriving after dark, carefully count each step you take to the top of what may be Clay County's most famous stairway.

At the top of the 100 steps in a local cemetery, stand between two trees, turn to face the open field, and then, within minutes, a caretaker will float in on the wisp of a cloud to present a vision of your fate.

Once finished, he will urge you to walk back down the steps; counting once again till you reach the bottom.

If the number is the same as when going up (it won't be), you will be lucky to meet your fate in the future. But, if not -- well, you'd better hope your life insurance premiums were paid!

Try avoiding the steps on the way back down and you will be punished. Before reaching the bottom during your escape, two fiery hot hands will reach out of the darkness to shove you downhill, leaving the red imprint of the devil's hands upon your back for at least a week!

This is the tale of "100 Steps Cemetery", one of the best known spooky places in the county.

And it's scary enough to keep many away once the sun goes down.

But in the light of day; it's a different story. The cemetery has a solemn beauty.

To see this landmark, drive west of Brazil on U.S. 40, then turn south to C.R. 675. Carpenter's Cemetery, located next to a jag in the road, can be missed if you blink. So slow down, or you'll have to turn around.

It's a quiet little spot, beautiful at first sight, but it becomes a sad sign-of-the-times as you climb the time-worn steps, which do not equal 100 in the daytime. The grounds, although well manicured, show how human tricksters through the years have turned over and broken tombstones during less than respectful visits to test the truth of the legend.

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