The chilling story of Old Alton Bridge: Dark past of America's MOST HAUNTED spot revealed
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: A ghost hunter has been trending on TikTok after a video emerged of him reportedly spending the night at one of the most haunted places in the US. Kalani Smith, 24, from Nashville, Tennesse shared the clip for his 2.2 million followers on TikTok after he spent the night last month at the Old Alton Bridge in Denton, Texas, famously known as the 'Goatman's Bridge.'
Kalani Smith is known to probe paranormal places and the video of his latest trip to Denton, Texas, has been viewed more than 17.1 million times. The historic bridge is also known for satanic rituals that are believed to be still taking place, reports Daily Mail. Locals have reported the place to be haunted by a half-man, half-goat creature. Smith claimed he saw a group of three individuals heading into the forest carrying items he didn't recognize to reportedly perform a ritual. The paranormal investigator also reportedly heard strange noises coming from the woods while he was with his team.
Smith believes the bridge is haunted by a goat farmer as he narrates the story to his viewers. Oscar Washburn, an African American goat farmer, is believed to have settled near the bridge with his family in 1938. Washburn earned the nickname "Goatman" because of how he made his living. Goatman was allegedly lynched by local Ku Klux Klan members after posting a sign on the bridge that said "This way to the Goatman." Smith explains in his now-viral video, "This is rumoured to be one of America's most haunted places, and its dark history could really feed into that."
The Klansmen kidnapped Washburn in August 1938, and they reportedly secured a noose around his neck that was attached to the bridge before throwing him over the side. When they tossed him down the bridge, the rope was empty and his body was allegedly never recovered. The Klansmen panicked and went to Washburn's home and murdered his wife and children. Since then the place has been reported for paranormal sightings. It is believed the Goatman haunts the location to seek his revenge.
When the word got out that Smith was visiting the Goatman's bridge, dozens of people joined him as he live-streamed his investigation. They allegedly performed all activities of knocking on the bridge thrice in an attempt to call the ghost. The paranormal expert also claimed that he may be haunted by the Goatman himself after spending a night at the location. "After my visit to Goatman's Bridge, a variety of psychics have seen an attachment on me that resembled a goat-man figure," he explained. "What's interesting about this is some of these people didn't even know that I ventured to Goatman's Bridge."
"This gets even weirder because on [my other] investigations after Goatman's Bridge, the name Goatman keeps coming through my equipment, and I get activity when I mention his name," reported Daily Mail. "A group of three individuals had items that I had never seen before, and they disappeared into the woods to perform a ritual." Smith further explains that ghost hunters should be cautious while visiting the bridge. "Even if nothing paranormal was attached to this bridge, you would still need to exercise caution from the people that show up," he explained.
Smith admitted that he didn't see the infamous Goatman, but he did detect some electromagnetic field (EMF) activity on the bridge. "It was hard to determine if this was paranormal or people, but it still had a very eerie feeling and it definitely seems like there's some sort of presence," he added. He further added, "It was hard to determine if this was paranormal or people, but it still had a very eerie feeling and it definitely seems like there's some sort of presence." He concluded by saying, "After venturing through the woods, we found weird markings and animal carcasses, this could potentially be from the ritualistic practices."