Mothman Visit

I took a little road to Point Pleasant, West Virginia this week. Anyone with even a remote interest in cryptozoology or the paranormal has probably heard of Point Pleasant; it is the small town sitting at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers where a winged humanoid dubbed the Mothman appeared in the late 1960s. A rash of UFO sightings, animal mutilations, and “Men in Black” reports also accompanied the wave of Mothman sightings. The Mothman flap coincided with the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Scores of motorists plunged to their deaths in the icy waters of the Ohio River when the suspension bridge collapsed during rush hour traffic on December 15, 1967. Some believe Mothman caused the tragedy; others think that he was warning the locals of the impending catastrophe; others believe Mothman was nothing more than an animal, such as an owl or a Sandhill Crane, that was misidentified; maybe Mothman was a byproduct of mass hysteria. Whatever the case may be, Mothman has left behind an undeniable legacy in Point Pleasant.

A statue honoring Mothman is located in the center of town.

An uptick in UFO sightings accompanied Mothman. The photo was taken at the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant. 

Some believe a Sandhill Crane may have been behind the Mothman sightings. This photograph was taken at the Mothman Museum.

Chief Cornstalk’s bones, after being moved a number of times, are laid to rest in the Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant. Legend holds that just before being murdered by an angry mob of soldiers at Fort Randolph, Cornstalk placed the area under a curse.

Murals line the flood walls.

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