Old Alton Bridge

bridge in Denton County, Texas, United States of America

Old Alton Bridge, also known as Goatman's Bridge, is a historic iron through-truss bridge connecting the Texas cities of Denton and Copper Canyon. It was built in 1884.

Old Alton Bridge
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Old Alton Bridge
Old Alton Bridge is located in Texas
Old Alton Bridge
Old Alton Bridge
Old Alton Bridge is located in the United States
Old Alton Bridge
Old Alton Bridge
Nearest cityCopper Canyon, Texas
Coordinates33°7′45″N 97°6′13″W / 33.12917°N 97.10361°W / 33.12917; -97.10361Coordinates: 33°7′45″N 97°6′13″W / 33.12917°N 97.10361°W / 33.12917; -97.10361
Arealess than one acre
Built1884 (1884)
ArchitectKing Iron & Bridge Manufacturing Co.
Architectural stylePratt through-truss bridge
NRHP reference No.88000979[1]
RTHL No.16364
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 8, 1988
Designated RTHL2010

It originally carried horses and later automobiles over Hickory Creek at a location that once was a popular ford for crossing cattle. The bridge takes its name from the abandoned community of Alton, which between 1850-1856 was the seat of Denton County.[2]

Locally, the bridge is known as "Goatman's Bridge", due to a legendary demonic folk legend of the same name, who is popularly believed to live in the forest surrounding the area.



  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. David Minor, "ALTON, TX (DENTON COUNTY)", Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 14, 2010