Hear the story of Oscar, a black goat farmer that was hung from the bridge and his family slain by the KKK. Visit a haunted cemetery. And do the spirits of 6 unclaimed bodies still roam here waiting to be claimed? Walk through the haunted woods and see the “glowing lights” that dance in and out of the trees. This bridge has a dark past full of murder, violence, and death! Come along and walk through the dark woods and experience all Goatman’s Bridge secrets.
There is a lot of walking on this tour so please wear comfortable shoes.
***** Please note, we have seen snakes so you may want to wear boots something other than flip flops.
This Bridge has been featured on My Ghost Stories and Ghost Adventures Halloween Route 666. Hear all the “behind the scene” scoop!
The Story Behind Goatman's Bridge
Legend tells of a black goat farmer who moved his family to a residence just north of the bridge. A few years later, Oscar Washburn was known as a dependable and honest businessman. North Texans endearingly began to call him the Goatman. But the success of a black man was still unwelcome to many, and Klansmen in the local government turned to violence after he displayed a sign on Alton Bridge: “this way to the Goatman’s”.
In August 1938 Klansmen crossed the bridge and kidnapped Washburn from his family. They hung a noose on Old Alton Bridge and, after securing it around his neck, threw him over the side. When they looked down to see if he had died, the noose was empty. In a panic, they returned to his family home and slaughtered his wife and children.
Locals warn that if you crossed the bridge at night without headlights, you will be met on the other side by the Goatman. Ghostly figures and strange lights are said to appear in the surrounding woods, as well as reports of visitors being touched, grabbed and having rocks thrown at them. This legend results in the area around Old Alton Bridge being popular with paranormal societies and Halloween activities, most notably with the Ghost Adventures crew.
There are also rumors that satanic rituals were held under the bridge as well. The local police verified that for a local paranormal investigator.
- Protection Prayers
- Paranormal investigation class
- Full night of ghost hunting with the team
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
- Free time to investigate for as long into the night as you want!