Suicide Bridge - Colorado Street Bridge

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Colorado Street Bridge, constructed over the Arroyo Seco River in 1912, is also known as Suicide Bridge. The nickname was acquired because of the around 100 folks said to have committed suicide by jumping from it, starting in 1919. Reports say that almost 50 of the jumpers died during the Great Depression, and at least one legend blames the bridge’s troubled past on a worker who fell and landed in wet cement below the bridge and left to die. Ghost stories abound in these parts, of course: The apparitions seen here range from a man in wire-rim glasses to a woman in a flowing robe, who leaps from the top of a parapet.

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W Colorado Blvd over S. Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA
United States

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34.14447911232453, -118.16510581968032
Los Angeles County, California
Nearest Towns:
Pasadena, CA (1.2 mi.)
South Pasadena, CA (2.1 mi.)
Altadena, CA (3.7 mi.)
San Marino, CA (3.7 mi.)
La Canada Flintridge, CA (4.0 mi.)
Alhambra, CA (4.0 mi.)
East Pasadena, CA (4.1 mi.)
San Gabriel, CA (4.8 mi.)
Glendale, CA (5.1 mi.)
East San Gabriel, CA (5.6 mi.)


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  1. Michelle "mikka" H.  |  

    While investigating last year on Halloween. We came across a few EVP’s. Q: Why did you do it? A: It’s a bridge, it’s the perfect place to go. Female Voice.
    Also, my friend and local Paranormal Investigator Frances C. Caught “ghost lights” with her camera.
    In another photo, an Apparition appeared under the bridge above ground level standing in a twisted position facing downwards.
    Dark Slide Paranormal page, YouTube.

  2. Went there one time and defenetly will not be returning ! A group of friends along with myself had intensions of crossing what Used to be the river and get to the asylum but we didnt even get to that point …. we defenetly saw stuff under the bridge in the dark and kept hearing steps right behind us ! So scaaaarrrrryyyyyyy I dont wanna go back !! Lol

  3. I live on top of the Rose Bowl and was looking for a shortcut to get to Old Town one night as my normal way was blocked. I accident ended up by the River and it got really flogs and I saw what looked like a couple of orbs. I definetly will not go near that area again.

  4. Been here many times. Only one strange thing was when my friend and I were walking thru the “park” at the dead end of S. Grand Ave. the sprinklers popped on which startled us. We somehow noticed that the sprinklers were not exactly moving uniformly left to right. They appeared to follow our movements and stop when we stopped walking.

    Unfortunately I never made an effort to check out the abandoned hospital before it was torn down and the condos(or whatever they are) were built.

    I assume the bridge and the bottom must have some haunting with over 100 people jumping since it was built, but i’ve been unlucky in experiencing anything strange.

  5. Born and raised in Pasadena…used to go under suicide bridge for kicks. Was touched by the spirits..heard them speaking..saw their shadows snd felt such despair in the riverbed. Death was so prevalent their. I was only nine when i experienced this with my cousins one bright sunny day. Back in the sixties and seventies the police would find dead bodies in the area by the hospital. So much death. Do you know some company has actually built a million dollar home on top of this place below the bridge…god have mercy!! Brookside park is haunted also.

  6. went here once 3 years around 2 am with friends to kick back and drink some brews and nothing happened no noises or apparitions

  7. Went last night, sober. Nobody else was around. We were on the service road bridge directly under the bridge, and directly over the concrete spillway. We heard a distinctive sound of metal on metal, like a bracelet or jewelry directly under us. We looked but nobody there. Creepy feeling the whole time down there.

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