Pasadena Hauntings: The Suicide Bridge

Keeping up with the creepy and the spooky, I started looking up strange places in Pasadena, California. One of the first things that popped up on my screen was “The Suicide Bridge”. The suicide bridge? Wow, that sounds gloomy…and even gloomier than the Black Dahlia site or Marilyn Monroe’s grave.

 Over on Colorado Street, reaching over the Arroyo River is a bridge that dates back to 1912. It did not take long before the bridge adopted its nickname.

 The Colorado Street Bridge is actually a gorgeous structure, highlighted with old lamps that give it a very romantic and picturesque view. However, this structure has been the demise for over 100 people who have committed suicide by taking the 150-foot drop.

 November 16, 1919 was the mark of the first jump. Fifty of the suicides occurred during the Great Depression from 1933 to 1937. In 1993 the bridge did receive a suicide barrier that has reduced the number of suicides, but the bridge still retains its nickname.

 According to Weird California, “several spirits haunt the bridge, including a man with wire rimmed glasses and a vanishing woman in a long flowing robe. She is often seen standing atop one of the parapets, vanishing as she throws herself off. Even below the bridge, ghosts are said to walk the riverbed. Strange sounds and cries echo throughout the dark nights. Misty forms have been reported and animals act strange in the area. Homeless camping under the bridge has regularly reported seeing ghostly figures and hearing mysterious noises.”

 

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 One legend that is said to exist with the bridge is how there was a man who was helping construct the bridge, when he fell over the side and landed into wet concrete below. Rumor has it that he was left to die in the quick drying cement, entombed forever. So obviously, his ghost likes to hang out around the bridge, searching for someone to come and help him from his unplanned tomb.

 I know, I know, you want more ghastly stories of what else has happened on this bridge. Well, on May 1, 1937 a woman, being distraught that her lover had abandoned her and her child, came to the conclusion that the only thing to do would be to take her and the baby out of this world. She walked herself and the child up to the bridge, stared off into the mountains and threw her baby over the side, then jumped herself. If she would be abandoned in the real world, at least she would be together forever with her child in the afterlife. However, in a remarkable twist of fate, the baby survived by landing in thick branches of a nearby tree below, leaving the mother to spend eternity alone. Realizing this, she now paces back and forth under the bridge looking for her child in the branches, so the mother will not be alone any longer.

 

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The Colorado Street Bridge, with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background, around 1920.

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 Want to check out this eerie spot yourself? (of course you do)

 

Colorado Street is now called Colorado Boulevard. On the west side of the bridge, exit Highway 134 at Orange Grove, go North one block, turn right onto Green, then right on Grand which will immediately end near a grassy park like area. Park, walk to the left to the bridge. Below the bridge is a maze of streets and other bridges. To drive across the bridge, leave Grand, head back towards the 134 on-ramp and actually take the 134 West on-ramp, but veer towards the left and onto the bridge instead of right and onto the highway.

 Just FYI, I am not one for being too creped out or to “feel” things while visiting haunted locations, however I could not get off this bridge fast enough. It was the middle of the day and I just had an overwhelming sense of depression being in this area. I don’t take things like this too lightly, and I have not had such a disturbing feeling from being in one spot before. Not looking to visit it again.

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