Colorado Street Bridge is notoriously known as Suicide Bridge due to unfortunate events that plague it. Pasadena built the bridge in 1913 to cross a chasm that divided the growing town. The bridge is beautiful and considered a marvel at the time. Unfortunately, people started to use it to end their lives.
The first suicide happened in 1919 and more than 50 people committed suicide from it by 1932. That’s when it picked up its nickname, Suicide Bridge. Today, more than 150 people have killed themselves, most recently in June 2013. Pasadena built a fence in 1993 to stop people from jumping off. It has slowed the number of deaths, but a few people still succeed every year.
The Ghosts of Suicide Bridge
There are many ghosts who haunt the bridge. First, we’ll debunk an urban legend. There’s never been a worker that fell into wet cement and became sealed inside. Never happened. Don’t believe the hype.
The more documented ghosts on the bridge include a man wearing wire-rimmed glasses, the leaping woman and a woman looking for her baby. The male spirit is reportedly silent. He walks the length of the bridge and disappears into the night. The leaping woman does exactly what it sounds like: She wears a robe, climbs over the rail and leaps into the night. Again, she seems silent. Lastly, the woman looking for her baby is unique among the spirits on the bridge. Allegedly, she committed suicide in 1937. Her husband left her and their newborn daughter. She became distraught and went to the bridge to die with her daughter. The woman threw the baby over the rail first and then she jumped to her death. However, the baby landed in a tree and survived. Today, the woman appears in period clothing, asking people if they’ve seen her daughter. She’s the only one to speak.
There are other ghosts and spirits on the ground below. These spirits don’t manifest the same way as the ghosts mentioned above. You can find these ghostly activities under the bridge:
- Shadow people
- EVP such as screams and whispers
- Unexplained mists
- Dogs become fearful and try to run away
Ghostly Activities investigated Colorado Street Bridge on August 30, 2014.
We want to acknowledge the sources we used to write this post. Thanks to: Weird California, Wikipedia, LA Times and Pasadena Sun.