Have hearses gotten a bad rap? Associated with transporting the dead, these vehicles, whether hand drawn, horse drawn or steered, are actually more than just scary images. They are the stuff of urban legends and more.
Maybe that’s why people flock to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion in Southern California. The mansion’s outside attraction is an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage that is rumored to have been the very funeral vehicle used in 1877 to carry Brigham Young, a prominent figure in Mormonism and former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
While it makes for a rich urban legend, it is not the actual hearse. Young’s casket was hand-carried by pall bearers to its final resting place.
Another hearse legend has to do with a mysterious black hearse that follows cars until they drive off a cliff. This ghost story is set in Kentucky’s Sleepy Hollow.
Ohio residents claim that an old man in hearse chases people in area where historically a family really did own hearse.
Were these vehicles following death or were they trying to secure passengers? In any case, they remain the center of legends surrounding funerals. Let us know if you’ve got a hearse legend or two of your own to share.