One Of The Most Haunted Bridges In Texas Is Just Down The Road From Abilene
Halloween is long gone but if you're like me you can go for something creepy any time of the year. Texas is a state that has no shortage when it comes to haunted history. From abandoned hospitals to old schools, there's a little bit of everything, including haunted bridges.
There's one in particular with a dark history that causes the paranormal activity to run high and it's only an afternoon's drive from Abilene. I'm talking about the Old Alton Bridge in Denton, better known by its nickname the "Goatman's Bridge."
Most anyone that knows me finds out real quick that I watch paranormal investigation TV shows. I first heard of this bridge on an episode of Ghost Adventures. What I saw weirded me out and when I saw that it was so close I had to find out more. Then I came upon Legends of America and they had some details about the bridge.
LOOK: ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTED BRIDGES IN TEXAS IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM ABILENE
Don't let the lush green background fool you. This bridge has seen plenty of darkness in its day. As the story goes, an African-American man named Oscar Washburn settled near the bridge with his family. He made a living raising goats and as his business expanded he soon became known to locals as the "Goatman".
One day Washburn posted an advertisement on the bridge, "This way to the Goatman". The sign did not set well with area Klansmen at the time. So, one night in 1938 Washburn was taken from his home and family. The Klansmen tied a noose and hung him over the side of the bridge. When they looked to make sure he was dead, he had vanished and had never been heard from again.
Many folks think that the Goatman haunts the bridge and the nearby area. Reports include a ghostly apparition seen herding goats across the bridge. But the one that got me was the spirit seen holding a goat's head under each arm. I'll pass.
If that is not spooky enough the occult, Satanists, and paranormal enthusiasts flock to the scene in hope of conjuring up the Goatman and other spirits. Creepy ceremonies have been performed. I've also heard of cars that are abandoned - their occupants never found. The bridge was closed to vehicles in 2001, but if you're brave enough, you can still walk right up to it.
This place is on my hit list. I must take an afternoon to make the quick drive and see what's what for myself. I'd even like to go at night. Who's with me?
That's the great thing about living in Texas. Haunted or not, there are plenty of interesting places to venture into.
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