‘The Heaviest One’: Ghost Adventures Crew Still Rattled After Goatman’s Bridge Encounter

By day, it’s an Instagram-worthy photo spot, but at night, the abandoned Texas bridge takes on a sinister air. Add Goatman’s Bridge to your haunted hotspot bucket list.

July 28, 2021

Goatman’s Bridge [Rene Gomez via Wikimedia Commons/renegomezphotography.com]

Goatman’s Bridge [Rene Gomez via Wikimedia Commons/renegomezphotography.com]

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Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures crew have investigated many haunted sights and communicated with a variety of forlorn spirits and demonic entities—but it’s an experience from outside Dallas that sticks with them.

Goatman's Bridge is an old wood and steel structure spanning a small waterway between Denton, Texas, and neighboring town, Copper Canyon. The main highway bypasses it now, but the 135-year-old structure is still visible from the main road.

The bridge, officially named the Old Alton Bridge, is locally referred to as Goatman’s Bridge because of who was killed there.

In the 1930s, Oscar Washburn was a successful goat farmer. He became the target of the Ku Klux Klan and was killed by being thrown from the bridge. Washburn, who was known as Goatman, is said to still haunt the bridge where he died.

In an episode of Ghost Adventures: The Screaming Room, the crew talked through their time investigating the old bridge.

Cinematographer Jay Wasley and his then-wife, Ashley, who served as the group’s still photographer, claimed they had such a traumatic experience that it permanently affected their marriage. Wasley told meeaww.com that the Goatman’s Bridge investigation was a huge factor in their divorce.

Wasley wasn’t the only one with lasting scars from that day. Aaron Goodwin, another cameraman, was shoved and knocked down by an unseen force. Bagans said he was under the direction of a spirit when he can be seen on camera choking himself with his own hands as his teammates try desperately to stop him.

You can stream full episodes of Ghost Adventures as well as Ghost Adventures: The Screaming Room episodes on discovery+.

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