Every region has it’s own particular version of this tale. It has became one of the most common urban legends, globally, today. It doesn’t matter where you go or who you speak with, everyone knows of a phantom hitchhiker.
There’s an old Bluegrass song that discussed the event decades ago.
This song is perhaps best known for the Mac Wiseman version. This song is about the infamous phantom hitchhiker. The singer picks up a girl, Mary, who is hitchhiking in the rain. He agrees to take her home. He turns to where she sits in the back seat only to find she disappeared.
He continues following the directions she gave him and arrives at an old house. He is greeted by Mary’s mother who informs him that 13 years earlier, Mary died and she has been trying to return home since then./p>
The lore surrounding a phantom hitchhiker has been reported worldwide for as long as can be recalled. If the mode of transportation was not cars, it has been wagons. For more information on this topic, here are some resources:
- Vanishing Hitchhiker@ Wikipedia
- Vanishing Hitchhiker @ Snopes
- Ghosts of the Prarie- Vanishing Hitchhikers
- The Vanishing Hitchhiker– By Jan Harold Brunvand