Urban Legends: Haunting of the Natural Steps (Pulaski County, Arkansas)

According to legend, a young bride dressed in her white dress took her life at a natural geologic formation near the Arkansas River in Pulaski County.

The woman, Martha Sanders “lost her husband, Gustavus Sanders, days after their wedding,” according to a Arkansas Facts for kids website. Gustavus and Martha were married at the top of the Natural Steps, their favorite rendezvous.

“Unfortunately, the honeymoon was short for the young couple because just days later he was dead and was laid to rest behind the old wooden church,” the website says. Martha, overcome with grief, disappeared not long after his funeral and was never seen again. Legend says she took her life by jumping from the Natural Steps into the Arkansas River and her ghost haunts the site until this day.

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