Goatman’s Bridge: History & Hauntings of Denton’s Old Alton Bridge

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A similar tale to Washburn’s predates the building of the bridge, in which a group of cowboys lynched a goatherder called Jack Kendall. Supposedly this was near the location of the bridge. The legend goes that Kendall’s body reanimated through the power of voodoo, ripped off the head of a nearby goat, and replaced his head with the goat’s as the astonished cowboys watched in horror. Whether it’s Washburn or Kendall haunting the bridge, lots of strange things have happened around the Alton Bridge. Travelers say that if you cross the bridge without your headlights, the Goatman will meet you on the other side. There have been reports of abandoned cars with no sign of their occupants, vehicles breaking down or car doors locking and unlocking of their own accord, and some people have heard hoofbeats around the bridge.

One of the more disturbing variations of bridge experiences tells of a man waiting on the other side of the bridge with a goat head under each arm. Some people have seen a half-man, half-goat figure, similar to a satyr; this odd account of after-death transformation (if this is indeed the Goatman) bears some semblance to the tale of the Donkey Lady Bridge or La Llorona.

Goatman's Bridge: History & Hauntings of Denton's Old Alton Bridge

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Some folks believe that Satanists have performed dark rituals on the bridge and opened a portal to another dimension. There have also been reports of inhuman screams coming from the nearby woods, or maniacal laughter sounding. On Halloween, if you go the bridge and honk your horn twice, you may see the fiery red eyes of the Goatman.

There are no definitive records of Washburn or Kendall, but as a Denton local said, “that doesn’t mean it’s not haunted.” The bridge is seven miles south of Denton, if you ever get the urge to visit… just keep your headlights on and don’t knock on the bridge, unless you want to visit with the Goatman.