The Old Alton Bridge is not only a picturesque historical location, but it is also said to be haunted by the “Goatman,” giving the bridge its nickname.
One man brought up the legend of the Goatman, causing the stranger to listen a little more closely. Although his origins are unknown, the most popular origin story is that he was once been a scientist who worked at Beltsville Agriculture Research Center, who experimented on goats.
It just seems to be the story that captures everyone’s imagination.” According to legend, in 1938, after luring Washburn out of his home, the Klansmen kidnapped him, tied a rope around his neck and threw him over the side of Old Alton Bridge.
The men decided to go back to their homes and put out the fire.
The Goatman’s Bridge was built by the King Bridge Company in Cleveland, Ohio and was originally called the Old Alton Bridge or the Argyle Bridge. He lived with his wife and children in a wood shanty with a tin roof, not far from Alton Bridge and Hickory Creek. Scary story of Goatman’s Bridge, one of the most haunted spots in Texas. Oscar was a goat farmer, and it wasn’t long before the locals began to refer to him as the “Goatman.” The Goatman: A devil.
Folks in Denton County, Texas knew Oscar Washburn as a reliable man with good business sense. Some 50 years after the bridge was built, an African-American man called Oscar Washburn, settled with his family near the bridge. Another common story (Research note: which lacks detail) is that Satanic rituals would take place on or near the bridge.
Those feeling brave will park their vehicle near the bridge at night and turn off all of their lights, seeing if they can spot the elusive Goatman. The historic Old Alton Bridge, which connects the towns of Denton and Copper Canyon, has a complex and haunted history. The Goatman’s Bridge, or the Old Alton Bridge as some call it, has a long history of creepy and mysterious happenings dating back to the 1930s. His stalking-grounds are said to be from Fletchertown Road to Governor's Bridge Road. Another story, radically different from the rest, says the ghost is actually of a Catholic Irish immigrant named Shamus, who takes the form of a half-goat half-man body and is a very angry and violent spirit. The Goatman is a cryptid who is said to be half-man, half-goat.
He now exists with a devilish soul, killing livestock and humans. "The Goatman's bridge is my least favorite story," said Shelly Tucker, an author and storyteller who conducts regular ghost tours in Denton. The Urban Legend In Maryland That Will Keep You Awake At Night. Here's my story:
Washburn made his living as a goat farmer. In the 1930’s, an African-American man named Oscar Washburn settled with his family near the bridge. There is a long-held belief that a half goat, half man lives near the bridge and terrorizes people near it. They could barely detect who it was, and yet felt the creepy presence all the time. The monster is claimed to be part-man part-goat and lives beneath a railroad trestle bridge over Pope…
Here a group of teenagers who went camping to the woods got terrified by the creepy presence of the Goatman between them in shapes and forms of another group member while assimilating in the group. Here's one of the similarities I found with the well known goat man story, she said that last night, when we were listening to the voices, there was another person with us. I don’t bring people out to Goatman’s Bridge very often but people always ask me about it. While it’s fun to imagine some of the state’s urban legends to be true, others would be downright horrifying if they came to life.