The Legend Behind West Virginia’s Mysterious Mothman

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Mothman emerging from the woods?

The Mothman legend is commonly said to center around a horrific event that took place in Point Pleasant, West Virginia on December 15, 1967. On that cold December evening, at around 5.00 p.m., the U.S. Highway 35 Bridge known as the Silver Bridge collapsed. The Silver Bridge connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanauga, Ohio. Thirty-seven vehicles were on the Silver Bridge when it collapsed, sending 31 of those cars into the cold river water. Forty-six people died and a further nine were seriously injured.

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Silver Bridge following the disaster

For at least 13 months prior to the incident, residents in the Point Pleasant area had witnessed sightings of a man-sized, bird-like creature that has since become known as the Mothman. Many claimed to have seen the Mothman not far from the bridge, and some believe that this creature was involved either directly or indirectly with the bridge’s collapse. After the Silver Bridge collapsed, the sightings dried up; the Mothman seemed to have quietly disappeared.