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Hatchet Lady Bridge

Golden, Colorado

Beneath this bridge, the decapitated body of Adolph Coors’ son was found. If one cross the bridge in a car, it will sputter inexplicably. The car does not completely lose control, however, and one can safely make it across the bridge.

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Barby says:

October 21, 2005, 9:40 pm

Interesting except that no Coors has ever been be-headed. Nothing in the history of the family on it at all.

Michelangelo says:

October 31, 2005, 7:07 pm

I grew up in Colorado hearing about the legend of the Hatchet Lady whose ghost inhabits the rock formations at Red Rocks Park west of Denver. There was a member of the Coors family who was kidnapped and killed as a young child, but I don’t remember where his body was found. The two stories; one real, the other not, are not related in any way that I know of.

thayet59 says:

December 9, 2005, 11:30 am

OMG!! This is way freaky.

thayet59 says:

January 5, 2006, 11:29 am

Scratch that, I sounded really stupid just then. I’m a retard and I need help, FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thayet59 says:

January 5, 2006, 11:31 am

The first one was actually right. WAY FREAKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. One question, though. Why is it called the Hatchet Lady Bridge? There’s nothing in the story about a woman with a hatchet. Or am I just deluded?

lexigirl007 says:

February 2, 2006, 7:25 pm

This is a peice of ****!!!!!! Cars sputter sometimes, if you seriously think this is scary then your a big wimp.

Lilu says:

February 12, 2006, 9:51 pm

If you people aren’t going to talk about ghost than why leave comments, you guys will make fun of people for reading this stuff but the you guys are reading it too, so you guys need to GROW UP!!!

tom says:

March 1, 2006, 1:09 am

Adolph Coors III was kidnapped and murdered in 1960 by James Corbitt. His body was found 8 mos. later, and his head was not attached. Investiators attribute the detached head to wild animals.

sam gomez says:

March 1, 2006, 11:18 pm

Is this a true story? if so i can go check it out my self at midnight.

factfinder says:

April 3, 2006, 5:04 pm

Craig says:

April 24, 2006, 6:04 pm

I was raised around the Morrison/Golden area, and The Hatchet Lady rumours are true-she was killed in the late 1800’s (with a Hatchet) and is buried at the Cemetary (where she co-habitates)located in the Red Rock Park (Southeast Corner). There have been some scary things happen there-been there when they did!

Angela says:

July 19, 2006, 3:43 pm

Does anyone know where this bridge is located?

Heather says:

July 27, 2006, 2:12 am

Where is this bridge located at ?? Cuz I heard that this story is just a myth and the bridge does not exist.



August 2, 2006, 11:04 pm


bob joe says:

November 10, 2006, 3:29 pm

this is scary stuff homie!!!! Dont even think it isnt real or else barney will come and get u

Blu says:

December 31, 2006, 6:51 pm

Thanks for that link to the Investagation of the Coors murder factfinder.. That is some good stuff.. Fact proven.

Rajeh says:

January 30, 2007, 4:23 pm

Hi, you know who my name is Rajeh. I never heard of that before, but…duh duh duh I want to drive acros that bridge to see if it’s true. If it’s not, I will go under the bridge myself. I think that story is so dumb. i wish i can see him because i want to fight him for stalling the cars. So if I happen to see you if I cross that bridge, I will take him out myself. Ha ha!

Wisp says:

March 6, 2007, 8:32 pm

well, i live in golden and i’m still only 12 years old. i have been under that bridge with my freinds at night time because i heard about how creepy it was at night. i went down there, and i heard footsteps and somone breathing, but it was 1:00 in the morning so no one was there but me and my freind!

brittany says:

July 3, 2007, 10:04 pm

i am really interested in going to the bridge, does anyone know a more precise location of where the bridge is at?? please let me know!

elvis says:

August 10, 2007, 10:29 am

This is ridiculous. Any real investigation into a possible paranormal activity is hampered by these idiotic made up stories. Whether ghosts are real or not remains a matter of conjecture, but this is a fact. You could delete 98 percent of this kind of **** of the internet then focus on the 2 percent of possible credible phenomena. Maybe then there would be an answer. It doesn’t really matter though from the quality of these posts obviously we have the reality tv generation making itself heard. Sad, very sad. If this offends any of you cretins, good that is what is was supposed to do. Have a nice day morons.

natalie says:

August 17, 2007, 1:30 am

The Hatchet Lady is actually the resident ghost of Red Rocks Park, in Morrison, not Golden. She was looking for her son, and carries a hatchet over her shoulder and a lamp, they say — or this is the version my mother told me.

Morrison on it’s own is still pretty haunted. And this is a classic urban legend about a car sputtering over the bridge, being miraculously pushed across.

If people DO want to look for the Hatchet Lady, she’s in Red Rocks, not Golden.

Babs says:

September 24, 2007, 7:44 pm

This entry is inaccurate. It has confused at least two stories, one true and one… Well, you will have to take one of the many available haunted house/ghost tours to decide. This “Hachet Lady Bridge” entry doesn’t get anything quite right.

It was not Adolph Coors’ son but Adolph Coors himself who was shot and killed in 1960. Adolph Coors lived in Morrison and worked in Golden. The murder occured on Turkey Creek Bridge, Morrison. (Does anyone know if the bridge is still there since the roads have changed dramatically since 1960?) His body, however, was not found under the bridge. It was found 7 months later about 30 miles away, south of Sedalia. His head was probably separated from his body by wild animals.

The story of the Hatchet Lady is connected with Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. (Does anyone know if there ever was a bridge associated with that story?) The Hachet Lady is a ghost story you can hear if you take one of the many tours that are offered locally.

Kim says:

October 6, 2007, 12:19 am

I just watched the Forensic Files show about Adolph Coors. It was a failed kidnapping attempt of Adolph Coors III. He was shot twice in the back on Turkey Creek bridge in Golden, CO in Feb 1960. They found his body 8 months later in the Pikes Peak region with 2 bullet holes in his right shoulder blade. He was not a child himself but a father of 4. His car was found running on Turkey Creek bridge as well as a pool of his blood and his baseball cap was in the creek.

Michelle says:

October 18, 2007, 4:44 pm

THIS IS NOT TRUE. The car he was kidnapped from was found on the bridge THAT WAS ALL. His dismembered body was found in a trash dump in Sedalia, CO.

ecoyote says:

October 20, 2007, 12:59 am

I grew up in Golden and from what I understand about the Hatchet Lady is that she exists in both Red Rocks park in Morrison, and Lookout Mountain in Golden. She does this by means of a porthole that is at the bottom of Lookout Mountain, if you go check it out there is two stone pillars that have arched doorways in them for no apparent reason. It is said that she goes in one side of the pillar doorway, which somehow gets her to Red Rocks, and then she comes out the other pillar doorway to haunt Lookout Mountain. The porthole on the Red Rocks side is in the 6th row 6th seat and can only switch between both on the 6th of each month, go and see for yourself, really scary!

cee says:

October 24, 2007, 2:22 pm

Hey Elvis! Dont be such an a**whole! Maybe some people just enjoy reading about the ghost stories and myths. There is a reason they are called ghost stories and myths. Why don’t you get off your high horse and let people enjoy there freedom to believe what they want!

sherry says:

October 29, 2007, 11:59 am

Tom you are right about Adolho Corrs III, He was kidnapped, and the Coors Family was demanded RANSOME money, they paid the money and he was never returned, but was found dead months later.

wildflower says:

October 29, 2007, 5:32 pm

Adolph Coors III was 44 when he was kidnapped…not a young child.


November 4, 2007, 3:58 pm


jay says:

December 28, 2007, 1:13 pm

this is a lie and i just watch forensic files and he ddnt beheadede in the bridge he was shot and the killer dump him in pikes peak


January 3, 2008, 3:25 pm

If anyone has directions or information for this place, please email me at I would really appreciate it!

Guitar Man says:

February 8, 2008, 5:02 pm

If you folks are not too lazy to do a little research, I’m sure there’s a website out there that handles nothing but ‘newspaper articles’, why don’t you all find that site and see if anyone was reported as losing his head under a bridge! And by the way, you all need to grow up! lol

Yvonne says:

March 8, 2008, 12:18 am

For everyone that thinks the Coors murder is faulse you may want to Google him. This did happen and is a true story. I’m not sure if the bridge is still standing as C470 is the old Soda Lakes road.

Dylan says:

April 13, 2008, 7:51 pm

I have heard her called the hatchet lady for years. In fact when i was a kid my mother used to take us up to Red Rocks at night to look for her ghost. IT IS AMAZING TO ME THAT THIS IS SUCH AN UNDER REPORTED GHOST STORY! The tale i heard is that “The Hatchet Lady” or “Old lady with a lantern” as we called her. Lost her husband to in a train robbery and his body was founf in what is now Red Rocks Park. She refused to believe that he was dead and night after night she would go looking for her “Johnny” as he was called. One night she went out in a blizzard and never retured. Her ghost is said to haunt the park and she carries a lantern. The hatchet part I don’t know about, but I have seen this ghost many times and this is no lie. She has long black hair and is dressed in a white gown or cloak with the hood up, she carries a red lantern. I saw her when I was about 13 and had 2 other witnesses with me. My friend Steven and my mother. Over the years I’ve heard numerous stories about people seeing her walking along the road in the park and asking her if she needs a ride and she declines. I’ve also heard the “stoner” myth of “if you sit in the amphitheater in the 13th row in the 13th seat and say ‘Cry Baby, Cry’ 13 times the hatchet lady will come and cut your head off”. This is utter hog-wash! There is a ghost up there though, I’ve seen it.

babydoll says:

April 20, 2008, 10:40 pm

This is really not that interesting their is not much to read that made any sense

Luci610 says:

May 20, 2008, 3:39 pm


irvinggirl says:

September 13, 2008, 5:58 pm

Adolph Coors III (January 12, 1916 â?? February 9, 1960), was the grandson of Adolph Coors and heir to the Coors beer empire. On February 9, 1960, he was kidnapped and murdered on his way to work by Joseph Corbett, Jr. in Colorado. In September, the remains of Coors were found by hunters in a remote area around Pike’s Peak. The subject of national manhunt, Corbett was captured in Vancouver, British Columbia in October of that year. [1]

Coors was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Like most of his family, including brother Joseph Coors, Adolph graduated from Cornell University, where he was president of the Quill and Dagger society.

histrygrrl says:

October 8, 2008, 11:30 am

Just to clarify: Adolph Coors III was shot and killed on the Turkey Creek bridge by Joseph Corbett. If anyone wants to see the file, we have it at the Douglas County History Research Center in Castle Rock. Here’s the updated link to the collection guide: It was the first case where the FBI used paint and dirt samples to match the car with the murder.


October 10, 2008, 5:57 pm


oldtimer says:

October 14, 2008, 12:17 pm

I’ll try to keep it short. Red Rocks was my unrestricted playground for a long time in my youth. There’s places people can’t go to because of the threat of $999.00 fines posted everywhere. I wished I could take you all on the real tour of this great place i.e. Ute cave, Lone Tree Rock (sits above Hatchet Lady’s grave), the carved steps done by a Mines student in the 30’s, and many other places. A friend and I spent a night on Lone Tree Rock to see for ourselves if Hatchet Lady was fact or fiction. All I can tell you is shortly after dark the Coyotes stopped howling all at once, it got completely still and after a moment, a sharp stream of air swirled by us circled the pine tree twice and then shot right thru us. We sat there stuned and motionless to afraid to move. It was a long night to say the least. Many years later I would like to think the spirt or what ever it was searched our souls and for reasons untold let us be that night. Before I leave this world I’m going to re-visit these places one last time, fine or no fine. I wish I could take all of you with me.

wontonkitten414 says:

October 16, 2008, 11:01 am

Sorry if someone has already said this, BUT, Hatchet Lady Bridge is located off of 470 on Turkey Creek Road. I realize cars stutter, but I’ve been there three times and EACH time, the car has stuttered and the steering goes a teeny bit screwy *just enough to make you sweat, but not enough to make you think you’re going to go off the road or into a ditch*

John says:

October 26, 2008, 10:12 am

I’ve heard the story the same way as Dylan, lived in Lakewood most of my life and that story was a favorite at summer camp.

Luke L says:

November 24, 2008, 11:48 am

Yes it is true, I grew up in wheatridge colorado and we would go party at red roks all the time, I have seen the ghost they call hatchet lady a number of times, always when we were climbing, I have also seen her at the amplatheater about 20rows up floating across the stairs,Red rocks sure does have alot of paronormal activity,I think due to al the rock climbing accedents that have happend up ther, i personally say a friend of mine fall 25 feet of of castle rock and break bolth of his ankles, very dangerous and illegle for that reason, but ther is no other place like stairway to heaven on top of shiprock not to many people will ever see that up ther, Im am lucky enough to hav been ther and saw it, but its no place you want to be alone thats for sure, cause the spirits up ther will scar the sh*t out of you!!

The Truth Paranormal Investigator says:

January 30, 2009, 11:20 am

NO truth to this story what-so-ever! Another group trying to make a name for themselves. There was never a Coors family member beheaded and no body found under the bridge. If your car sputtered……get a tune-up!

Johnny Walker says:

April 28, 2009, 10:37 pm

I remember being out at Red Rocks on a sunny saturday morning in the early 80’s. There were maybe 50 or so people scattered about inside. Up there in that cave on “Shiprock”, the one towards the north, there were two clowns, showoffs, or two dudes just craving attention was up there horse-playing around. They had a boom-box radio playing and all of sudden, we heard that radio playing as it fell over the edge and busted into a million pieces. Alot of people started yelling at them to come down or they would call police. Both of them yelled back at the same time and said they never touched the radio and was nowhere near it. They swore to it. Serious as a heart attack.
Alot of guys take their classic rides up to Red Rocks for photo shoots. I’ve seen quite a few of those photos. You would not believe the white areas that appear in the backgrounds. If you are there at night, ANY night, and it’s really quiet, you would not believe all the different sounds that echoe and/or carry, and ricochet off the rocks. Yes, you will see lights too, but you won’t be able to tell what some of them are. It is possible that one could be a lantern. I think everyone should go there at least once in their life. It’s definantly NOT a waste of your time.

pj says:

June 26, 2009, 1:19 pm

i like to be scared an stuff……my bro dont belive in it but i do……………………………

vanessa says:

August 13, 2009, 11:04 am

I believe in ghosts. The house that I grew up in was very haunted it is in denver near coors field.4104 fox st. go by it sometime there is a boy buried in the house. (my great uncle)

Maryann says:

September 30, 2009, 8:54 pm

one day i heard that a ghost killed a man and the ghost was black

I say: says:

November 9, 2009, 5:11 pm

i might actually go on this bridge.i live in Golden,Colorado.

leasa says:

December 3, 2009, 12:47 pm

the story about the hatchet lady bridge is lame i think it’s just a myth that someone made up to get poor little people who believe in anything scared and believing that things like that actually exist when they shouldn’t so find something else to do with your spare time than making up stories ,and the name is stupid.

Diana says:

December 20, 2009, 10:53 am

Adolph Coors III died by gunshots on the bridge Joseph Corbett on Feb. 9, 1960. He was found months later in a garbage dump near Denver. I got this info from a website that had the story from Adolph Coors IV mouth.

Kathy says:

December 26, 2009, 4:08 am

I’ve grown up in and around Denver all my life. I too spent a lot of time at Red Rocks as a teenager. I’ve seen the hatchet lady many times. It is a lantern she carries, not a hatchet. I’ve wondered why she was called the Hatchet Lady ever since the first time I saw her. She does have long dark hair and exudes an oura of sadness. She’s never acknowledged me or any of my friends, just ignoring us as she walked. There are many strange lights and sounds at Red Rocks at night time, even in areas not usually frequented by people. There no portals or holes to anywhere. The winds that blow through many of the rock formations sound very strange at night and some are very strong. But the Hatchet Lady is the only thing me or my frineds as actually seen.

Jackson Stone says:

February 21, 2010, 1:53 pm

They should have left the body there. Bc u kno kids e gonna go there. If for no other reason but to scare the living bejesus outta them

thalia says:

May 14, 2010, 6:27 pm

Actually it was his grandson who was killed. Adolph Coors III was killed in a foiled kidnapping attempt and found months later in the pike peak vicinity appox. 100 miles away. I was born and raised in CO and this knowledge you can find on the brewery tours.

Gary Denver native says:

July 15, 2010, 12:06 pm

The Hatchet Lady stories also existed up at Camp Santa Maria just west of Bailey Colorado. I remember the stories as a kid attending the camp (1973-75) and up at the door way entrance of the big statue were hatchet marks.

kristi says:

July 27, 2010, 2:39 am

Sweet I’m moving to Lakewood in a few months i would like to check out these places you guys talk about. I’m sure my boyfriend Sean has heard about this story, he grew up there but has never mentioned it too me.

Misty says:

August 16, 2010, 2:42 pm

We spent 2 months investigating and researching the urban legend of this bridge. The bridge no longer exists and Coors’ body WAS NOT found under the bridge. To find out the real location where Adolph Coors III’s body was found, check out our investigations section on our website (under Adolph Coors III, of course).

Amanda says:

September 1, 2010, 10:46 pm

When I was little I used to go to Camp Santa Maria during the summer (I was only 7) and I heard stories about the Hatchet Lady. It scared the hell out of me. Now (13 years later) I don’t really think that the tiny house at the bottom edge of the field was really hers. But while I was at camp we went for a hike one day and a boy I was walking with threw a huge rock down over the ledge and it hit the roof and made a hole. Then there was a really scary, strange noise that none of us could really put into words and saw a shadow dart out of the house towards the ledge. We weren’t sure what it was and we were terrified so we ran as fast as we could to catch up with our counselors. We never told them what we did but we never ever went near there again. Like I said I know there is no chance it could be her home but seeing this brought back that memory.

SirisNC says:

September 16, 2010, 7:44 pm

The person who was killed was actually the great grandson of Mr. Coors and as a colorado native with family going back to 1877 I can say that 1. the boys body was found at the base of pikes peak in Co. Springs some 100 miles from golden and 2. Its hatchet bridge because of the family farm that occupied the bulk of the area for arounf 70 yrs. Hope it helps clear things up 😀

Misty says:

September 16, 2010, 11:43 pm

SirisNC – the body was not found in Colorado Springs but outside of Sedalia, CO. We found the exact spot the body was found. And he wasn’t a boy, but a 44 year old man. Read about it on our website.

william says:

October 26, 2010, 11:09 pm

The story of the hatchet lady is true. I was born and raised her in Colorado and have herd the story many times. Down in Golden CO. there is a museum of the history of Golden and there you can read the story. You are supposedly able to summons the hatchet lady by going to red rocks ampa theater and sit in the 13th seat in the 13th row at 2am and say hatchet lady 13 times. Have I done this? Yes several times last time I was in high school. We saw and herd nothing but there are many who say they have experienced things .Now as fare as the cores boy yes that happened as well and no the head was not found and was not taken off or taken by his kidnaper. As for the bridge nothing has ever happened to any of my vehicles In all my 41 years hear.

Gary says:

January 21, 2011, 10:16 am

I’m 57 and grew up in Denver and Lakewood. The story that I was always told was that the city of Denver recognized the potential tourist value of the Red Rocks area, and annexed it even though it is separated from Denver geographically by several miles. The hatchet lady was supposedly a woman who owned and lived on a portion of this land and was forced to give the land up. This enraged her (and she was somewhat demented anyway) and she went after random people with a hatchet. I doubt whether any of this is documented and frankly it’s likely not true, but that was the story. Supposedly you can invoke the hatchet lady by going down the amphitheater steps, stopping each seven steps and saying “hatchet lady come to me”.

Former Coloradon says:

April 2, 2011, 2:53 am

Whether Adolph Coors III was killed there is unknown. His body was found several months after his disappearance near Pikes Peak, some 80 miles south of Golden. Much of his extremeties were missing and attributed to wildlife. The Hatchet Lady, as I heard it, was some crazy woman that lived on the outskirts of town (Golden) and supposedly haunted the grounds of Red Rocks. Back in the day when you could climb the rocks (it’s all baracaded now) there was a passage that began with a small opening (you had to belly crawl into)… that led to a room with a “table” rock that no one could ever figure out how it got there (prob. fell from the ceiling:-) anyway, you’d go up a narrow passage and jump 2 ft over an opening that would kill you if you missed and on the other side you could see over the entire ampitheater. There’s a lot of little bridges in and around Golden, none that I ever heard was haunted.

currymans says:

July 1, 2011, 2:53 pm

we r 11 and 12 and we wanna know about the mysterious HATCHET LADY. im 11 and my name is orange. my friends name is jay and we think the hatchet lady is a yabba dabba ***** so we are going down 2 red rocks because we heard that she is naked. wish us luck!!!!2â?»

gateway says:

July 15, 2011, 6:22 pm

as my great grandmother told me the hachet lady was a navajo indian who wedded a soldier in the 1800sand the where very much in love , and they owned a cabin in red rocks the had a small farm started when it was failing hethe soldier had to leave his young indian wife who was 5months with child to go find work he was gone for months and his wife had the child alone in the cabin haveing little to no food to feed her self or the child she started to get crazy thoughts and the child was hungry and crying and crying the screams of her child got to her with no food to feed the child she took it’s life she went to the shed and grabbed the hachet and came back and be headed the child as she sat there crying holding the child her husband came home seeing what she had done he went for his riffle ,and shot her hitting her and her haveing the hachet as he nelt over his child beheaded body she swung the hachet takeing his head off then went out and got on his horse to find help as going through the canyons she died on the horse , wandering for ever as her punishment , and every time she hears a baby cry she wants it:s head and every time she sees couples in love she want them dead

Connie says:

July 17, 2011, 5:05 pm

I, too went to Alameda High School, 1972-1973. I have to agree with Barbara, same school, same years. We all used to go to Red Rocks Park to party, and the hatchet lady would supposedly jump onto your car, etc, if she found you there. The Hatchet Lady had absolutely nothing to do with the Coors family!! They are 2 separate stories!!

Jen says:

November 5, 2011, 6:19 am

Adolph Coors III was not beheaded. He was shot in the back twice by a man named Joseph Corbett Jr in a botched kidnapping. A milk delivery man found Coor’s station wagon on a narrow timber bridge over Turkey Creek. He also found a hat,glasses and blood. Many months later Coor’s remains were found in a dumo by a hunter. Corbett was put on the FBI’s most wanted list and was finally arrested and convicted of first degree murder. He was paroled after a little less than 19 years and lived well into his 80’s until he committed suicide. He was not decapitaed and his head was not thrown into the creek.

Am says:

November 14, 2012, 10:28 pm


CJ Briggs says:

April 29, 2015, 5:43 pm

The urban legend published here is fake and full of misinformation. His body was never found under a bridge; And the only bridge that can be referenced in the situation no longer exists, nor was it in Golden. The bridge where his van and bloody belongings were found, the bridge he was shot at and kidnapped from, was actually between Morrison and Golden (closer to Morrison), was torn down long ago and is now part of C-470. Hiya headless body was found 25 miles outside of the Denver area at a dump, and his head was found in 5-Points.

RachelGirl12 says:

March 19, 2016, 2:37 am

Will someone just say where the hell the bridge is??!! Everyone is always talking about this non-existent bridge, apparently, because no one will say exactly where it is!!!

G Hansen says:

July 5, 2016, 6:41 pm

The bridge where Adolph Coors was killed has been destroyed and gone since the 1980’s when the built the C-470 Highway where it meets at Hwy 285 by Morrison, CO. The hatchet lady was supposed to show up at midnight at the Morrison Cemetery which is located in Red Rocks park. We used to go there in the 1970’s but it is fenced and has no trespassing signs now.

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