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Old Alton Road 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 

  • February 17, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • 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 Road Bridge
Posted February 19, 2022, by Steve Quarrella (fishpope [at] iname [dot] com)

Thanks to the all for the welcome, and I'm just a rank amateur with a camera. The Old Alton Bridge is just a few minutes from where I live. The name is a bit anachronistic, as Alton had belonged to the ages -- Denton muscled in on its territory -- years before the bridge was constructed. Locally, there are all kinds of "Goatman" tales that gave it its nickname, and while I've only lived in Texas since '92, the bridge was still active when I moved to this area. Look across, wave/toot your horn/flash your lights if someone's coming, you know the rest. I've been there at all hours of the day, and haven't seen anything unusual, which is exactly what I'd expect, unless I'm supposed to click my heels and say "There's no place like home" three times. If there's a problem there, it's that the vandals (some easily from the nearby high school) like to visit and tag the bridge with their spray cans. They've also destroyed the Texas Historical Marker there a couple of times, and last I knew, those things were $1200 a pop. Nothing supernatural about this.

Old Alton Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I personally don't believe in the crybaby, crylady, monster, or paranormal sightings on the bridges, but it does bridge awareness to the bridge's existence and can make the bridge easier to save in some cases.

Old Alton Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I've found that EVERY state has multiple "Cry Baby"... or "Cry Lady" bridges.

Old Alton Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I know they say several bridges in Ohio are called "crybaby" bridges. I wish the publicity would have helped somewhat, as maybe Philo would still have the Bridge Street Bridge to go along with the Michael Lutz Memorial Bridge.

Old Alton Road Bridge
Posted February 18, 2022, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Actually i agree with you Nathan.This publicity as wacky as it seems can help the bridge,not hurt it in any way that i see.I don't know if we have any bridges here in Pennsylvania that are possessed or haunted.If there are i'm there to find out the truth!

Old Alton Bridge
Posted February 17, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I like to make good-hearted fun towards all the claims of hauntings at bridges... but that being said, I totally agree with Nathan that the bottom line is seeing them preserved!

Old Alton Bridge
Posted February 17, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Personally I don't care what people believe about a bridge no matter how ridiculous as long as it results in support for preservation. Some bridges enjoy significant local (and perhaps beyond) fame and support because of superstitious beliefs like this. If that's what it takes to save a historic bridge from the dumpster so be it... besides I assume most of these people like to visit the bridges at night so they typically do not disturb the good work of standard bridge photo-documentation.

Old Alton Bridge
Posted February 17, 2022, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

To Tony and Jesse,these boneheads on Ghost Adventures claiming this bridge is haunted are probably getting erroneous information and making up the satanistic and demonic aspects of the history of this historic bridge.If it can't be proven leave the bridge alone so people can enjoy the history of this bridge and also the Goatman Bridge which they had on Ghost Adventures recently and said was haunted by demons or Satan.I can't find a listing for Goatman Bridge.Anybody hear of this bridge?Let me know because i never heard of it.

Old Alton Bridge
Posted February 17, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I keep these guys on speed-dial, just in case I ever have an issue! 😂

Old Alton Bridge
Posted February 17, 2022, by Jesse Sharkoman (jesseberube5 [at] gmail [dot] com)

people who think this place is haunted or have heard strange sounds have vivid imaginations. sometimes psychopaths have taken advantage of murdering people and using local legends to take the blame so they dont get caught. and all paranormal "researchers" are just reality tv actors. i know how to make "spirit" photographs. they arent ghosts or spirits its just somebody moving in front of a camera taking a long exposure (low shutter speed). any movement will be blurred or create light trails. now i do like that movie Grave Encounters. that one was probably the best, most entertaining one ive seen. now this bridge is a beautiful and easy to get to bridge made by the famous king iron company and still has a wooden deck and is recommended for people of all ages and pets

Old Alton Bridge
Posted December 14, 2021, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just found out something about what i posted earlier.It seems Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel is a reality show,not real paranormal researchers.Don't believe whatever they posted because if you visit any bridge like this one you are safe.If you happen to experience supernatural activity keep it to yourself because these idiots will say you saw a demon or evil entities like they did with this bridge when they covered this bridge on the Travel CHannel.If you see or experience anything supernatural don't call these idiots.You'd be better off calling Ghostbusters.LOL.

Old Alton Bridge
Posted December 10, 2021, by George Oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I saw this bridge on a show on the Travel Channel.The show was called Ghost Adventures and they did show the historic plate on the bridge.Anyway,these guys made this bridge look demonically posessed which i think is pure b.s.If anybody else saw this episode on Travel Channel let me know what you think.

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 !