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One of those sites where high school students like to go to hang out and tell stories, the Third Bridge is said to have been the scene of a car accident where some students were once killed. Folks also say that the place is near a terrible Native American massacre that took place long ago, and if high-schoolers get too rowdy, the sound of ghost drums will get louder and sound closer. Some have reported seeing the apparition of a man on a horse.

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County Line Road
14 miles east of Aurora, CO
United States

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39.563735012761036, -104.4429198504804
Elbert County, Colorado
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  1. I seen a young girl in a polka dot dress in the Elmwood cemetery in brighton Colorado at night time around 7:30 while trying to get home from drama class. I heard her say mommy where are yo. I turned around to make sure that she was okay and as soon as I did look at the area where she was at and she was gone. This happened to me two more times that same week

  2. Went there tonight around 1AM to see this haunted 3rd bridge. It is not haunted at all. No way in hell. I didn’t see any ghosts or apparations of anything. I heard nothing. Saw no fog, nothing. There were other people there when I got there and they too saw absolutely nothing. This is not a haunted place at all. Nothing spooky about this place. Don’t believe any of the stories, none of them are true. All the videos on YouTube are made up. I have been there myself. I went there believing I would experience something and nothing. I even parked my car and got out. Nothing happened at all.

    • Oh yes the ghosts of third bridge are there. They do not show up on your command. If you go there 3 times a week for 3 weeks in a row at the witching hour (3 AM) they will follow you home after the ninth night and haunt you for the rest of your life.

      • that just sounds ridiculous.
        i went there on halloween with some friends and there was nothing scary there. Yeah it was pretty shady, but that was about it. The roads were rocky and bad along with the barns and houses that were in the middle of no where, but that’s about it.
        We didn’t hear anything, see anything, and we didnt have any hand prints imbedded onto our car. We went there like 1AM.
        The drums people were talking about were nothing but a placebo affect.

  3. I went there with some friends about 12 years ago (we were seniors in HS) at about 11 pm to about 1 am.

    It was a cold night in November, and at first we didn’t think anything would happen, and for the most part it didnt.

    The strangest thing that did happen was a pack of coyotes started howling and going nuts just north of us (we couldn’t see them, just hear them). Then suddenly they stopped and it sounded like another pack of them started up to the south on the other side of the bridge. For about half an hour they kept switching off, and I’m no coyote expert,but I highly doubt that’s natural behavior. We got a little freaked out and considered that a “successful” trip to the third bridge.

    Then again it could’ve all just been a coincidence.

  4. I went out there around 1 am about 4 years go i could here drums in the distance and while in the car saw fog going over the car and my friend caught a light spore on with his camera.

  5. So I went there a few years ago. As far as the rider, I didn’t see any of that. However, I did see a young girl full of mud in a white dress with a frilly collar with brown hair. Couldn’t have been more than 4 and a half feet tall. She was crossing the street and stretched her hand out to me. Then vanished. When we all got out the car, all but me and another friend could cross these rose bushes. We both thought it was because I have abilities. That’d never happened to her before. Neither one of us could talk or move for about a min. My bf at the time went under the bridge cause he was a skeptic. I heard the drums then I got flashes of blood everywhere then it got ice cold in the middle of July. We then heard the laughing of children and I left I was new to the psychic ability. When my bf was under the bridge, he heard footsteps behind him twice the first time he saw nothing, and the second time he saw a broad man with a half apparition of a scared little girl. Needled to say he’s no longer a skeptic. So is it haunted? Yes and to those who haven’t experienced anything, calm and broaden ur mind, u must listen, ghosts come out when they want to. Not when you want to.

    • Hey, sorry to bother you but I just wanted to research and make sure what the address was in order to find this place and you were the most recent person to comment on here. It’s okay if you don’t remember or know.

      • There is no exact address but here are the gps coordinants that you could copy and paste into google maps and such:
        39.563735012761036, -104.4429198504804
        Please tell me about your experience

    • I do have a real photo of the woman on the bridge,……but I think it is a pioneer woman,…that was killed by Indians,…..Ellen Hungate 1863. She is wearing a calico dress….taken in 2011…..on a digital camera, at 9:30 p.m…I have lived out here for 25 years……but I wont post it,…..its just a real treasure.

  6. If there is a Native American massacre that occurred there, its most likely haunted. My ancestors are still very angry about any massacre that has happened to our people.

  7. I went there last year during august with my fiancĂ© and best friend. we parked on the bridge turned the car off and the headlights and listen to see if we heard anything me being a smartass started yelling and saying nothing happened here and I’m not scared of hoaxes. I heard if you make noises and piss of the spirits you hear the Indian drums and we did! they got louder and louder to the point I couldn’t even hear my friend trying to tell me to get in the car. We peeled out and left and my fiancĂ© wanted to go back so we turned around parked and she walked down the bridge I heard something and called her back to the car we got out and I yelled whos there and I swear to god on this I heard a little girls voice say “me?” all 3 of us heard it and ran back to the car they got in while my door was locked and wouldn’t open till I was screaming at the top of my lungs open the f*&*king door! open it!!! Then we left and I was freaked out for days came back a few weeks later and nothing happened. Another weird thing when we came in there was no people here not even a car driving back down the dirt road to smoky hill there was a dead doe in the road that looked like it got smashed by a car but no debris or people around….shit was nuts.

  8. The accident was June 22nd 1996 two girls died megan deherrera and a 12 year old named Tara and several others we’re seriously injured. the driver Jessica is now a quadriplegic. megan was my sister.

    • Sarah,

      I am so sorry to hear that this was your sister. I lost a brother who died while kayaking. Sarah and Les are in heaven. Both too young to leave us.

      Take care,

  9. Me and some freinds of mine. Went there, we parked just past it. And walked to the bridge. We saw from the trees a black shadow of a man. He jumped from the trees and walked to is. Just all black. We ran back to the cars and when I got into mine. The man was suddenly in the field only a few feet from my car. We did see old, very old rattles and babies toys. And we heard the drums, and a train that wasn’t there at the old tracks. When we got home. I had hand printside all over my back window. It was fun, and spooky.

  10. The ghosts are real… The burnt Porsche body is gone… But none the less… If u see the fog prepare yourself, and don’t cross the bridge… Have had a few friends go off the road there!!!

  11. 5 people just died 17 hours ago leaving third bridge they were in a horrible car crash. I have been there a few times. First time nothing second time nothing and third time i got fed up and was about to leave then i heard the very faint sounds of drums coming from the distance. Pretty cool to finally hear it. RIP to the 5 who passed away.

  12. I have visited this bridge once with my two sisters and dad. We went in august of 2016. I’ve heard about this bridge for years as a native of the Denver area, but never had the gusto to visit it. We went around 10:30/11:00 and stayed until about 11:30. When we arrived I was not feeling to strange, but a little uneasy just due to the hype of the location. There were many cars passing at this time still on the pavement part of the road, but once we hit the dirt road, it got much more quiet. We had heard that a cop/trooper will hang out there on the weekends since it has become such a popular place for teens to visit. My youngest sister, who just graduated from TJ this year once went there on a Saturday night but was quickly turned away by an officer. Anyway, we parked on the bridge and eventually mustered up the courage to get out. All of us have always been very interested in the paranormal, especially my dad and I. I do feel that I am sensitive to the spirit world and energies around me. Once we got out, we stood on the bridge and just listened. For a while there was nothing but peaceful noises. Crickets, grass blowing in the wind. But the longer we stood, the more our senses started to become aware. Just as I was beginning to feel a change in energy we heard some birds crowing. And I began to feel immense sadness. I remember feeling like I needed to pray. I am not a religious person and rarely have ever prayed in my life but I felt the urge to pray to the teens who lost their young lives in the crash in the 90’s. We then had a car pass by so we all hoppped in our car and drove down a bit. We turned around and went back to the same spot and the bridge was just different. I started to feel scared whereas I hadn’t before. My eyes began to play tricks on me, and I felt I kept seeing shadows of a man. I didn’t say this out loud to anyone, for fear of being true. Then, my dad felt something grab the back of his hair on his neck. He thought it was one of us, but it was not. After that we began to very, ever so faintly hear drumming noises. It was so quiet you could only hear it every so often. Then it started to get louder and louder. The logical side in me kept thinking it had to be the oil drums everyone talks about because of course it could be real. But I am not so sure. We eventually drove off the bridge after sitting in the car and listening to the drumming. Right before we drove off, I said something along the lines of feeling like we had worn out our welcome. My second youngest sister agreed and was wigging out so we left. We drove to the first top of the hill west of the bridge and listened again for the drumming. It was even louder there. This leads me to think it is not paranormal, but I will never know for sure! I do want to say, I wholly respect and wish peace on all of the souls who have been lost in this area. In light of the most recent accident, I am certain that this place carries negative energy, and should not be taken lightly. To whomever decides to visit this place: please be respectful and safe.

  13. I’ve been to many places in Colorado that are supposed to be hot spots but this is one of the few that I walked away from and every person on the team had an experience, myself included. I really want to go again, whos up for a drive? Jk jk but honestly, be safe if you go out there, it’s an interesting place but also dangerous due to it being such a narrow bridge.

  14. So a friend of mine convinced me to go out and check hunted places, ive heard about third bridge a long time ago but never got around driving all the way out there, first of all im not a person that believes in paranormal stuff but this experience COMPLETELY changed my mind, Ok so we were a couple hundred feet from the bridge, its about 11:30pm, we see a van already parked in the middle of the bridge and that made me feel more relaxed knowing that we werent the only ones there, i parked across from them but not to close so i didnt bother them, my friend was recording as soon as we got there and i was getting a feel for the place, after 10mins i turned off my lights and grabed my flashlight, five minutes after the van also turned off thier lights and everything was calm, little windy and foggy, then all of a sudden the van turned on ther lights and drove off like crazy, i tought they were trying to scare us or something, then we started hearing a PACK OF COYOTES in the distance and i was actually paying more attention to that rather than ghosts or drums or anything out of the ordinary, couple of minutes after we both heard a GROUP OF CHILDREN getting hurt, at first we were confused because we wasnt sure what we heard was real, so we stood there and i was getting my camera setup then we heard A BUNCH OF KIDS LAUGHING, like they were playing not to far from us, then again TWO more times, the voices of those kids were so clear and crisp that i got into shock but i managed to keep myself together, i got my gear back into my car and drove away, i noticed we left a flashlight in the roof of the car and i saw it falling on the ground in my rear view mirror, i did not care to go back and get it, my friend and i were so scared that we couldnt believe what just happened, THIS PLACE IS REAL, IT IS HAUNTED, TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND BE RESPECTFUL…..

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