Goatman’s Bridge also known as Old Alton Bridge located in Denton, Texas is one of those places that when you come to town and ask about hauntings that the first place everyone will point you to. The bridge comes with personal stories, gossip, and myths. It’s just one of those places that has a story of it’s own. The bridge is located between Lewisville and Denton in Texas. While it’s only open to foot traffic for decades you used to drive over it. The red metal with wooden bridge flooring was moved to the side some years ago and replace with a concrete bridge. It’s now open to foot traffic that leads to trails and a creek below. The question is, is Goatman real and does he really haunt this little piece of history.
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.” What’s interesting is the back story.
The bridge was 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 Goat man. 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”.
Thought 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 entire family in cold blood.
Since the disappearance of the Goat man there have been many strange sightings on and near Old Alton Bridge. Some say Oscar Washburn’s spirit still haunts these woods and the bridge. Locals used to tell a story (when you could drive on the bridge) to pull your car onto the bridge, turn off the engine, place keys on top of your car, and hook three times. The Goatman would then appear.
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. Oscar Washburn was never seen again and has been presumed dead since his attempted murder.
And, the Goatman is evidently not alone. Other reports tell of a woman’s spirit who wanders the area allegedly in search of her lost baby. Maybe that spirit is that of La Llorona, who is well known as haunting the rivers of the Southwest. We’ve also heard stories of a young woman that went missing that wanders the woods pointing people to clues of her death.
Oscar Washburn is known as the Goatman and seem’s to have been sighted on the bridge and also in the tunnel of trees that is down the road from the bridge.
Missing Girl is known to say things pointing people to evidence like bracelet or items she could have been wearing. Said to be seen in the field next to the tunnel of trees and walking through the tunnel of trees.
Mother is a story of a woman’s spirit who wanders the area allegedly in search of her lost baby.
Cults are said to do things in the area often. While I’ve been going there for over a decade I have only see this once and it was quite some time ago.
For years Goatman’s has fascinated me with all the spiritual hype you hear about it. When I first moved to Texas my friends and I would spend hours out there always trying to find some piece of evidence or see the Goatman for ourselves. Of course the lore was different by word of mouth so he always seem far more spooky then the origins of his story.
One night, I took a ride out to Goatman’s with some friends I was in my early 20’s. When we pulled up to the bridge there was a car wreck into the side. The windshield was shattered and there was two very large younger men completely freaked out talking about a guy with a huge goat head that smashed in there windows. We called the cops and they arrived on scene to check them both out. They weren’t drinking so that ruled that question out which was my first assumption. The police thought is was someone playing a prank but I can say those boys felt completely different. It was often you would see cars wreck on the bridge. I figure mostly from fear or drinking. That night took the cake though.
Some years later I visited with my good friend Denise. It was Halloween night at midnight. We took a ride out there. We walked the bridge which for some reason that night I didn’t want to be there. Something felt so wrong. Then we proceeded down the tunnel of trees. Once in the tunnel and with new technology in hand I turned on the voice recorder. We talked, asked questions, and what we got was not what we expected. A very loud scream and someone telling us to leave. We heard it real time and captured it on the voice recorder. I wish I still had this evidence but since it’s been years I don’t have that to share anymore with you.
WHAT WE RECEIVED:
I knew since I was going to write this article I knew I had to go back to Goatman’s to collect some evidence. Now bearing the SP7 Spirit Box (now a SP11 is available), a cell phone with a app that spirits can talk through, and a camera my husband and I went to visit several times. Several times we received nothing. The last time we went it is like some portal opened. My husband is also a skeptic. While investigating I felt a sensation that someone was there watching me so we started to ask questions. Below is some screen shots that show you what we received on the app.
I asked Oscar thinking that he the Goatman is still there what happened to him. I received this on the phone cord. After it, it also said plastic. I am wondering if the rope that was supposedly used was not a rope at all. I couldn’t find a record of much on Oscar. After a few more questions he also seemed to answer another.
I asked him what they did to his family and received the answer sharp. He is saying something sharp was used. After that we received soldier and tinkering with the bridge sounds. The soldier I assume is from the camo shirt my husband was wearing. The words were interactive but we still want to test the app more. We didn’t received any EVP’s while we were there. We hope to investigate more since this place has always drawn me to it. There is an energy that is so peaceful there but on occasion something or someone else makes the place feel just off like a portal opens.
I’d love to know if you’ve had an experience at Goatman’s Bridge. If you have please comment below. We will keep this article updated as we move forward with our visits to Goatman’s. We always like to hear about new developments so any thing you can share would be amazing!
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