The weather was perfect and the river was gently flowing, so why not go exploring and look for a ghost at the old iron Bellamy Bridge. The stories about the ghost of Elizabeth Bellamy and how she died is very intriguing. She was buried in 1873 at the old iron bridge beside the Chipola River. I really don’t believe in ghost but it makes a good mystery. If you are a history buff you should explore this part of the river and follow the legend of the ghost and the Bellamy family.
follow this link http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/bellamybridge
The 119-foot iron bridge was built in 1914 replacing a wood bridge that a flood had swept away in1874. The river here was shallow enough to be crossed by horse and buggy. The Indians and Spanish used this crossing for their many battles.
You can find this bridge at the end of Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail a one-half mile walking trail that leads through the floodplain forests of the upper Chipola River.
One of the most important battles of the First
Seminole War took place on Florida’s upper
Chipola River on March 13, 1818.