Not Many Kicks On This Route 66 Stop

05.18.2010 · Posted in Ghosts, Hauntings

ColoStBridge,1920 I already have a fear of driving over bridges. This isn’t helping.

The Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California, once the terminus for the old Route 66, has a sad past and reportedly a haunted present.

The bridge, spanning the deep Arroyo Seco canyon, was completed in 1913, and since then more than 150 people have committed suicide by leaping from the bridge. Almost half of those people jumped in the early 1930s during the Great Depression. Unfortunately, people are still jumping in 2010, despite the erection of hefty barriers in 1993.

The bridge’s fame as a suicide bridge was highlighted in Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 movie, “The Kid,” in which his character stops a girl from jumping.

People say many of the jumpers haunt the bridge and the area below. One of the workers involved in the bridge’s construction is said to haunt the area as well.

The worker died when he fell off the bridge into a vat of wet concrete. Co-workers were not able to reach him in time to save him. It seems his body may have been left where it fell. Did this serve as inspiration for the writers of “Rosanne,” when they came up with the story line of Crystal’s former husband who met a similar fate?

It seems the bridge brought out the humor in some of the nearby residents, too. A local shoe repairman took out the following poem/ad in the local paper:

“I will not jump off the Colorado Bridge
To escape from being in the ditch
With California’s sunshine, mountain view, wine and beer
The temptation is too great for me to live right here
I am content and happy without booze,
All I want is to repair your shoes.”

Some people can see the humor in anything.

– Julie


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