Day of Terror
By Karen Ocampo
Day of the Dead is just around the corner, and with this, lots horror-generating legends are spread around in every corner of the city. If you would like to make your heart beat faster in search of paranormal stories, we are going to recommend where to go:
At the highway to Celaya, you can see an abandoned bridge, where legend has it two Franciscan friars, Francisco Doncel and Pedro de Brugos, were killed in 1575 by a Chichimeca group. It has been said that their souls will appear to those who dare to cross this bridge. Currently the bridge is in disuse, but there are some local people who still like to try their luck.
Then go to Charco del Ingenio and Landeta Park, areas with more than one or two legends, if you are looking for places which radiate striking energy. There are ancient stories about Chan, a mysterious underworld creature that lives in the deep waters of the Charco. In addition, it is said that at the full moon, you can find a headless horseman galloping from the city in the direction of the park. Some say it is the Don Baltazar Sautto, the ghost of the former mill owner.
Another legend, retold from generation to generation, is that of the villain Chuchuy. They say he inhabits the caves in the area. When he was alive, he hid there after he fled from soldiers. Some believe that if you find the right cave, you’ll find a tunnel that takes you to a house in center of the city.
Our last legend is not really hair-raising, but if it is true, it would relate to the beginning of San Miguel de Allende. It is said that the monk Bernard of Coussin was walking in the area, when his dogs led him to a spring. After confirmation of water by his canine friends, the monk decided to build a chapel there. The current church was built on top of it. From these constructions, the city as we know it later grew.
Veracity of these legends will perhaps never be known, but the truth is that going to these places, like some others here in San Miguel de Allende, are a guaranteed to bring goose bumps.