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Do you believe in ghosts?

I don’t. 10/10 would buy a murder house for a discount. We went to see a local paranormal hot spot here in Denton, although the ghost is said to only work his wickedness at night. We hiked the Elm Fork Trail, which is next to the Old Alton Bridge, also known as the Goatman’s Bridge.

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According to the legend, a demonic satyr called the Goat man haunts the woods, the more specific legend is a lot creepier, and touches on some unpleasant history.

Oscar Washburn was a black goat farmer who moved his family to a residence just north of the bridge. A few years later, he was known as a dependable and honest businessman, and North Texans endearingly began to call him the Goatman. But the success of a black man was still unwelcome to many, and the local Klan could take no more when Washburn put a sign on the bridge that said “This way to the Goatman’s.”

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In August 1938, Klansmen crossed the bridge and kidnapped Washburn. They hung a noose on Old Alton Bridge, put it around Washburn’s neck, threw him off. When they looked down to see if he had died, the noose was empty. Rattled, they returned to his home and slaughtered his wife and children. They were the Klan, after all.

Locals legend states that if you cross the bridge at night without headlights, you will be met on the other side by the Goatman. Ghostly figures and strange lights are said to appear in the surrounding woods, as well as reports of visitors being touched, grabbed, and having rocks thrown at them. This legend results in the area around Old Alton Bridge being popular among paranormal investigators, and it has been featured on TV shows as a result. My son went at night (college student) and said he was more afraid of breaking ankle in the woods than he was of the Goatman. Interesting nonetheless. Of note, the modern concrete bridge you see in the pictures carries traffic, and displays prominent “DEEZ NUTS” graffiti on the side. Welven the Great, who popularized the meme, is from Fresno.

Anoway, we couldn’t complete the hike because the crossing had collapsed.

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Toby enjoyed himself nonetheless.

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