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Old Alton Bridge



Photo taken May 2003 by Wayne Kizziar

BH Photo #108960


Street View 


Through truss bridge over Hickory Creek on Old Alton Road in Denton
Denton, Denton County, Texas
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1884 by the King Iron and Bridge Co.; later bypassed
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 107.9 ft.
Total length: 145.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 8, 1988
Also called
Copper Canyon Road Bridge
Goatmans Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.12936, -97.10403   (decimal degrees)
33°07'46" N, 97°06'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/676867/3667227 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Denton East
613 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 88000979 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
TXNBI 180610AA0619001 (Texas bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 32948 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 14, 2020: Updated by Henry Lombard-Hughes: Added elevation, bridge manufacturer and city category.
  • October 30, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • October 29, 2016: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Haunted"
  • March 17, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Painted red"
  • March 14, 2014: New photos from Jerrell Parker
  • August 19, 2013: New photos from Jerrell Parker
  • May 5, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • August 21, 2006: Posted photos from Wayne Kizziar



Old Alton Bridge
Posted November 30, 2011, by Jerry Howland (glhowland [at] yahoo [dot] com)

When the water is at a decent level, the fishing in this area is fair. Crappie and white bass are common in the spring while they are spawning. Needle-nose gar and carp are abundant year round. Be careful of snakes, skunks, ferrule hog, and of course the Goat-man.

Old Alton Bridge
Posted August 1, 2010, by brian (bhardponder [at] aol [dot] com)

hey this is not the goat man bridge, the real goat man bridge is down bonnie brae heading south to a stop sign, turn right and you'll soon cross it..

Old Alton Bridge
Posted June 21, 2010, by Daniel (JohnBravo9 [at] aol [dot] com)

Check out this video about a Texas Ghost Legend!

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."

Visit www.Goatmansbridge.com

Old Alton Bridge
Posted January 25, 2010, by Guy (crawford3 [at] aol [dot] com)

We used to go out to the dubbed "Goatman's Bridge" back in High School days, mid 80's. We'd go out there late at night on the weekend, crappy little car, loaded with teenagers. As our car would get close to the bridge everyone would totally freak out! Was so awesome to be that genuinely scared. It was like we were in our own teen-age scary movie. Nothing ever happened, it was just so damn dark out there. Back in the mid 80's that area was considered "way out in the country" which contributed to the scare factor.

Great times, Great fun! Go check it out!

Old Alton Bridge
Posted February 5, 2009, by Bobby (theblueboy [at] hotmail [dot] com)
Old Alton Bridge
Posted August 27, 2008, by kyle (kylexy [at] gmail [dot] com)

There have been several disappearances on and around Old Alton Bridge. Most notably, one that occurred November 15th 1967. The Denton newspaper at the time did an article on a mustang found abandoned on the bridge and there were lots of people that reported other missing persons linked to the bridge and the "Goatman."

The story is that Klansmen raided the house of the Goatman, Oscar Washburn, and killed his family after attempting to lynch him over the side. The legend says that he disappeared over the side and now attacks anyone who crosses the bridge at night in an effort to protect his family.

Old Alton Bridge
Posted August 7, 2008, by Chasity (dangerouly_sweet1 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I used to live in copper canyon, less than 3 miles from "goatman's bridge"... There's nothing spooky about it. I've been out there SEVERAL times, the entire neighborhood used to ride tractors out to the bridge at midnight every halloween and NOTHING ever happened!

Old Alton Bridge
Posted June 7, 2008, by Denton (chale753 [at] aim [dot] com)

Yall are retarded. We use to go out to that bridge every night and get high.

Old Alton Bridge
Posted February 27, 2008, by shane (scotts95 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Ive heard several noices coming from the nearby trees next to the bridge. Ive heard if you visit the bridge during the dusk just about sundown you can hear the moaning cries of a goat among the trees...Never cross the bridge after darkness sets in!

Joe R. Lansdale wrote a mystery novel covering recent sightenings. In the book, "The Bottoms" young Harry Collins discovers a mutilated black woman's body hidden deep in the woods followed by more murders. He suspects the murders have been done by the Goat Man, and local legend of the creature says the creature resides in the local bottoms of East Texas.

Old Alton Bridge
Posted October 11, 2007, by Shane Murphy (argyleeagle [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is known locally as Goat Man's Bridge.

Beware the Goat Man !