Legends of the Bridge
November 15th 1967: police discover an abandoned car beside Old Alton Bridge, five miles south of Denton, Texas. A rash of mysterious disappearances are becoming alarmingly routine on a chilling stretch of road that is known by locals as "the Goatman's bridge."

Constructed in 1884, the bridge connected Lewisville to Alton. The turn of the century brought a black goat farmer and his family to a residence just North of the bridge, and a few short years later, Oscar Washburn was known as a dependable, honest businessman. North Texans endearingly began to call him the Goatman. But the success of a black man was still unwelcome, and Klansmen in the local government turned to violence after he displayed a sign on Alton Bridge: "this way to the Goatman's"

One night in August 1938, with their headlights off, Klansmen crossed the bridge, dragged the Goatman from his family, and lynched him over the side. Peering over into the water, his murderers saw a rope, but not his body. In a panic, the Klansman returned to the Washburn residence, and killed his family in cold blood.

Since the disappearance of the Goatman there have been many strange sightings on and near Old Alton Bridge. Some say his spirit still haunts these woods. Locals tell the story and follow it with a warning: those who cross the bridge with no headlights will be met on the other side by the Goatman.

After numerous abandoned automobiles and missing persons, a new bridge was constructed directly downstream. But Old Alton Bridge, the Goatman's Bridge, remains still open to foot traffic. It is under surveillance by the Paranormal Investigators of North Texas and the Denton County Paranormal Investigators.

Oscar Washburn was never seen again and has been presumed dead since his attempted murder.
Old Alton Bridge A.K.A. Goatman’s Bridge – Supposedly a lot of satanic rituals went on around and on the bridge. They were supposed to have conjured a half man half goat or a goatman. It is said that if your park your car on the bridge, turn off everything and honk your horn three times then goatman will appear.
I've been interested in ghost towns and old historical sites for quite some time. When I found that an old bridge belonging to a city that no longer existed was only 5 miles or so from my house, I couldn't get there fast enough.

The Old Alton Bridge was built in 1884 to serve the citizens of Alton, TX (no longer established). A city used to exist, but Corinth and Denton, TX, have been built in its place.

"On Halloween, if you honk your car horn twice, get out of the car, and look into the distance, you can see the Goatman's glowing eyes."

The story goes on to say that a man was hanged on the bridge above Hickory Creek. The victim somehow lost his head and his ghost is returning to search for it. When he fails, the ghost kills a goat to use ITS head. Since then this legend of the "Goatman" has been a fixture in the local community

"As far as Old Alton goes from what I found out during online research, is that in the late 1800's there was a man that lived out near the bridge, who owned several goats. The residents of what is now Argyle and Denton, thought the man to be a bit of a loner and sort of odd, though no one knew much about him. It is said that at one time he had a wife who died mysteriously. One night a few of the locals got drunk and found the man herding his goats, they then drove the man and his goats off the bridge. When the sheriff went to investigate, he was unable to find any bodies, human or goat. Shortly afterwards, a family crossing the heard strange noises coming from underneath the bridge. Upon looking back, they spotted the man, staring at them, holding the heads of goats, one under each arm.
Legends have it that you can hear hoofbeats on the bridge and splashing below, and sightings of a man with a goat's head. Other's have heard, maniacal laughter, nonanimal or inhuman like growling coming from the surrounding woods. We have spotted mysterious lights, possibly the lantern lights that people have sworn to have seen though they are usually red or orange in tint in photographs and in person but always facing the bridge.
Built in 1884 by the King Iron and Bridge Company Manufacturing Company.
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