Green-eyes Bridge

Location:  Augusta, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin


The Reputed History:
  • Several years ago, a resident of Augusta, Wisconsin, murdered his family then committed suicide by hanging himself on the bridge over the Eau Claire River.  His ghost has haunted the bridge for nearly 100 years.
  • Another version of the story is that during the Depression a Black man hung himself on the bridge and has since haunted the area.


The Investigation:
  • The bridge, also popularly known as "The Bridge Over Troubled Waters," has been confirmed to exist.
  • We have been unable to verify the homicide/suicide story.
  • Likewise, the story of a Black man committing suicide has not been verified.


The Reputed Phenomena:  
  • At night, a silhouette of the murderer's body can be seen hanging from the girders of the bridge. 
  • According to other accounts, the body is seen hanging off the side of the bridge.
  • After dark, the glowing green eyes of the murderer can be seen on or near the bridge.


The Investigation:
  • No silhouette was observed by investigators.
  • We did manage to capture the possible cause of the mysterious glowing "green eyes" and have it analyzed by entomologist Paula K. Kleintjes, Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  She determined that the "green eyes" were simply firefly larvae--better known as "glow worms."
  • We did speak with someone who reported that in 1994 or 1995 she had stayed in a cabin near the bridge with some friends.  After driving into Augusta for supplies, they returned to the cabin and found ropes tied into nooses and a mysterious shadow draped across the piano.  They hastily left without taking time to retrieve their gear, and they never returned.

Instrument Findings:

  • EMF Meter:  Normal
  • IR Thermal Probe:  Normal
  • Photographic:  Normal

Designed by Terry Fisk
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Revised: September 28, 2004