The Mothman, a huge seven-foot gray beast with ten foot wings and glowing red eyes, ran amok around Point Pleasant, West Virginia. First seen on November 12, 1966 near Clendenin, West Virginia; there were over a hundred sightings in the Point Pleasant area. He chased cars and ate farmers' dogs. His presence was a total mystery but when the Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967, many people began to claim that Mothman was there to warn people about the disaster.
In fact, the legend of The Mothman has grown out of the hills of West Virginia. Stories have spread that the winged beast has been at the site of many disasters. Apparently, The Mothman either knew or was in on the Twin Tower attacks of 9/11. According to New York resident Steve Moran, "According to Moran, “I live in New York and when I heard the twin towers were attacked, I immediately rushed to the scene to take photographs. First of all, I took pictures of medical workers who are providing assistance. Then I took pictures around the site towards the south on Greenwich street. When I got home, I realized there was an object that caught my camera.” Link to story
The Mothman apparently was hanging out in Chicago in 2017. Well, there hasn't been any disasters lately in Chicago unless you count all of the gangland-style murders that plague the city almost every weekend, then The Windy City kind of qualifies as one big disaster site. According to a witness who just left his nightshift at a bar (yeah, I know how it sounds), " It looked less bat-like and more similar to a pterodactyl. It was flying like nothing he’d never seen before in a “strange swooping motion, undulating up and down.” There were several sightings.
Mothman has become a pop-culture legend in West Virginia and out of it. Point Pleasant has the Mothman Festival every fall, https://www.mothmanfestival.com/ . He even has his own museum. http://www.mothmanmuseum.com/ .
My good friend Mike "Fish"Fisher, a singer/ songwriter out of Toledo Ohio wrote a song about The Mothman and performs it every year at The Mothman Festival. The song is available on the Fish Fisher CD "Gun Powder and Gasoline."
The Mothman's biggest legacy is in Point Pleasant as he is remembered every year on December 15 on the anniversary of 1967's bridge collapse. Some think he was in Point Pleasant to warn people and others think he may have caused it.
John Keel wrote The Mothman Prophecies book in 1975. A movie starring Richard Gere was based on the book and released in 2002.
The Mothman was featured in Bethesda's 2018 video game release Fallout 76
The Silver Bridge Tragedy happened on December 15, 2018....the 51st anniversary will be this Saturday. The Silver Bridge connected Point Plesant, West Virginia with Gallipollis, Ohio. Mothman sightings came to stop after the Silver Bridge collapse, leading to the theory that the Mothman and the bridge disaster were directly related. Some claimed to have spotted the Mothman near the bridge just before it fell into the river. The bridge was overloaded during The Christmas shopping rush and 46 people were killed.
The annual remembrance ceremony which will observe the 51st anniversary of the Silver Bridge Disaster will take place this Saturday, Dec. 15 in Point Pleasant.
The memorial event, which began in 2015 to honor the victims of the disaster, will start at 5:30 p.m. on 6th Stree
The Silver Bridge Disaster remembered.
We may never know if The Mothman is a supernatural being that came to warn us of the impending disaster, if it was a space being, or some type of weird best. One thing for sure the legend of Mothman is common knowledge in West Virginia and has been spread around the world.
A picture taken around the Point Plesant area in 2016. Did he return?
A statue in Point Pleasant