[TX] Houston – Haunted Bear Creek Bridge

Haunted Patterson Road in Houston, Texas, is next to Bear Creek Park between Highway 6 and Eldridge Road. [Google Maps: Patterson RoadBear Creek Park]

It follows the route used by Civil War soldiers. The battle took place in the southeastern quadrant of Bear Creek Park.

According to folklore, those soldiers’ ghosts still march along Patterson Road at night. If you stop on the road, they’ll tap on your car.

This area was once a farming community of German immigrants and their descendants. Today, it is part of Addicks Reservoir and Bear Creek Pioneers Park, in Harris County, Houston.

There are two bridges on Patterson Road by Bear Creek Park. One is Langham Creek Bridge, near Eldridge Road. The other is Bear Creek Bridge, closer to Highway 6.

Bear Creek Bridge isn’t supposed to be haunted. I disagree. In daylight, it’s vastly more “eerie feeling” than the other bridge on Patterson Road.

In May 2005, using the “sparkles” camera, two of us — during an informal evening of ghost hunting —  saw visible anomalies at the Bear Creek bridge and none at Langham Creek.

In the digital photo above, taken at Bear Creek Bridge, we captured part of a remarkably vivid orb in the upper left corner of the photo.  It’s not a great ghost photo, but the colors were so startling, it’s worth sharing.  (It can’t be a street light, but it could be a bug. We’ll take more photos in May 2006.)

Then, we paused on that bridge, testing the “tapping Civil War soldiers” legend.

With my car windows open, I heard three rapid, distinct and clear taps on the car, immediately below my outside mirror. They sounded like metal on metal, similar to my car antenna tapping my car roof when I’m driving on a very bumpy road.

It didn’t sound unearthly.

I have no explanation for the tapping, since the car window was fully open and I could see the side of the car easily.  In fact, I looked out of the car right away, to see what caused the noise. I saw nothing unusual at all: No insects, no animals, and nothing brushing against the car.

It was too loud to be the car or the bridge settling. I was in the driver’s seat, so my door was towards the center of the bridge. There was no likelihood of shrubbery, vines, or branches hitting the car.

Generally, paranormal encounters are really different from anything “normal.”

In this case, it took me awhile to accept that something so loud (and apparently mundane) could have been ghostly.  The taps sounded entirely real, normal, and I wanted to know who’d tapped on my car with a baton or something.

It probably took me close to five minutes to realize that there was no normal explanation for what had happened.

I did exactly what I’m telling you not to do: I stopped on a road at night. It was a delightfully spooky experience, but incredibly stupid as well.

Don’t stop on any road where there is traffic. Especially don’t stop on any road after sunset.

Since writing this, I’ve learned that there are an unusual number of car accidents in that area, and not just among ghost enthusiasts. Some people speculate that there’s “bad energy” around Bear Creek Park.

I’m not sure about that, but I can confirm that something taps on cars on Patterson Road.

Don’t try this yourself. Please, just take my word for it.

Or, park up the street. Hike to a point where you can safely observe the bridge. And then, pay attention to cars passing over it, and any anomalies you notice.

11 thoughts on “[TX] Houston – Haunted Bear Creek Bridge”

  1. What battle in the Civil War took place in Bear Creek Park? I kinda think the battles were on the coast of Galveston. If you could tell me the name of the battles that far into Houston I would like to read about that. Have any info?
    Mary

    1. Mary, I have no information about any battles at Bear Creek Park, but there are many stories about Civil War soldiers camping in or near there. There are similar stories even further inland, around Old Town Spring. For more information about Civil War activity around Houston, visit the historical society or ask the reference librarian at your public library.

  2. In the early 1850’s a Stage Coach Inn was established about 75-100 yards south of the gully in what is now Mangum Manor Park and most of the back yards of the houses that back up to the park from Poinciana. This was part of the Stage line from San Antonio to Houston. During the Civil war there was a battle of Bear Creek where 5 Yankee soldiers were killed. The stage came through that area just after the battle. They stopped the stage and put the dead soldiers on to be taken to the Inn for burial. They were buried under the big oak trees that are by the Tennis court.

    By Jean West/2009

    99th Illinois Infantry
    September 8,1862 was sent to Rolla, Mo., thence, September 17, to Salem, Dent county, thence, November 20, to Houston, Texas. Was assigned to the Brigade of Brigadier General Fitz Henry Warren. Was engaged in a skirmish at Bear Creek, losing 1 killed, 4 wounded and 1 taken prisoner.

    I guess the 4 wounded died and made 5 dead Union Soldiers.

    GEW/2012

  3. Bull$&!? Drove up and down the road stopping at the bridges and nuttin. Place seems little rapey but no ghosts. Only thing scary was the taxes it takes to maintain this useless road.

    1. Chipper, if you stopped at the bridges, you did exactly what I said not to do. No one is supposed to stop on those bridges, unless — since I was last there — they’ve widened the bridges so there is enough space to stop safely and not obstruct two-way traffic.

      The ghosts are supposed to be soldiers. They may be very selective about the people they like and don’t like. It may have helped that, when I encountered the ghosts on that bridge, both of us in the car were female.

      I’ve received hundreds of emails from people who did experience paranormal phenomena along that road. Maybe the ghosts didn’t like you. Maybe it was an off night. Maybe the ghosts were busy with someone more receptive, in a nearby part of the park. Or, maybe it’s residual energy and you haven’t been there at a time when that energy is triggered.

      My stories are true, not rubbish.

      I recommend Market Square in downtown Houston. Maybe that areas ghostly madam will like you better than the Patterson Road soldiers did.

      Sincerely,
      Fiona Broome

      1. I live like 5 mins. From there. I pine and drive on Patterson rd. And on airport rd. By Cullen park all the time especially round 1 or 2 a.m. and nothing ever happens. I found a couple of old cemeteries but nothing scary though. I never hear tappings or sounds other than crickets and sh**. I think its bs.

  4. I live very close to this area and I can only imagine that our neighborhood was once part of the Bear Creek woods. Since we’ve been living there we’ve captured multiple orbs in pictures (without intending to).

    1. Thanks, Lori! It’s a lovely area, and — like you — I was seeing lots of orbs in photos, when we were simply going to Bear Creek for picnics.

  5. My friend went there last night and has photos of a foot print Ontop of there car cause they did this powder stuff and they heard tapping and I wanna go there some day but I’m afraid they might do something harmful cause I have alot of energy and I’m just afraid something might go wrong i felt a ghost before cause of my energy.I’m 14 I can feel there presents but I just want to know more about that road or brigde and go there myself.

  6. Now I’ll tell you I live out in the area and ive been on this road numerous times and that orb in the picture. I see him every time without fail. Always near the bridge I have a couple photos of him but I have also seen him with my eyes floating around the bridge. Idk why but he deffenitly makes sure his presence is known.I just think its awesome to see the orb in somebody else’s picture.

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