Central Texas legend states that the ghost of a man named Jake still resides in and around this bridge. He likes to have fun with crossing cars and some even believe that he tries to push them off.
Jake (his last name is unknown) was a simple cotton farmer during the Great Depression. The life of a cotton farmer wasn't the easiest one, especially in a place like the Texas Hill Country. There were years when drought would sweep the land, and nothing grew, while other years would bring far too much rain,and flooding. In 1931, the price of cotton had dropped to an all-time low of less than 6 cents per pound, nearly a 300% drop from just 2 years before. As a result, many farmers lost everything, and some lost their will to live.
There are a few versions of what happened to Jake. The more popular one claims that he murdered his wife and two children in their home and, after realizing what he had done, hanged himself from a wooden bridge close by. Another version is that he ended the lives of his parents by pushing their car, with them in it, off that same bridge and shortly after, burned to death when his house caught fire. Both accounts have tragedy inside his home and on the bridge.
Today, there are reports of screaming children, footsteps, and the voice of a man that says, "I'm coming for you." The cemetery in Hutto where Jake is buried glows at night. It is the bridge, however, that attracts the most attention. Thousands of Texans and adventure-seekers alike, drive out to the bridge late at night in hopes of crossing Jake's path. It is said that if your car is stopped on the bridge, and in neutral, it will slowly begin to move across. People have even dusted the trunk of their cars with powder and gone out to the bridge. After the car has moved across unexplainably, the distinct outline of hand prints can be found. Many critics easily try to dismiss this phenomenon by stating that the bridge must not be level. A simple gust of wind and gravity would bring you across right? Yes, but the bridge is fairly new and been proven level. There have also been accounts of cars mysteriously crossing from both directions.
One year, during the week of Halloween, Austin news station KXAN, reported on the bridge and tested it out. No powder was used, but the car involved did move across the bridge twice without human assistance.