COLORADO STREET BRIDGE, PASADENA
Colorado Street Bridge is a beautiful structure, but it has a dark side. It is known locally by its nickname – the suicide bridge. There is an unusually high number of suicides here. The latest figure sits at about 102, but that number is constantly growing. The bridge was built in 1913 and claimed its first death in 1919, so that’s a rate of more than one suicide per year. However, some say that this ‘official’ number is not actually accurate because the local authorities have been known to knock off a few numbers whenever they get too high.
As you might expect, given the death toll, the bridge is also said to be incredibly haunted. There are many reports of a man jumping off of the railing, but he vanishes before hitting the water. It is also fairly common to see a female apparition crossing the bridge. Drivers often have to swerve to avoid her, but she always disappears when they come too close! Some have suggested that not only could spirits be trapped here due to the nature of their passing, but also because of the authorities perhaps having denied their existence by fudging the suicide figures!