Mothman and the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant

The Silver Bridge Collapsed 50 Years Ago After a Series of Bizarre Mothman Sightings

After a series of bizarre Mothman sightings in Point Pleasant, the Silver Bridge collapsed into the icy waters of the Ohio River and took 46 lives with it.

“I had a terrible nightmare,” Ohio reporter Mary Hyre told journalist John Keel on November 19, 1967, just under a month before the tragedy struck. “There were a lot of people drowning in the river and Christmas packages were floating everywhere in the water. Its like something awful is going to happen.”

50 years ago a bizarre rash of strange occurrences and sightings of a creature that came to be known as the Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, culminated in the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15th, 1967. The bridge took 46 lives with it as it plunged into the dark, icy waters of the Ohio River.

After that, the Mothman sightings stopped.

Was the mysterious entity there to warn the community of the impending tragedy, or was it the cause? Of course, no one has any idea what Mothman actually was. Some speculate that it may have been a large bird – a heron or sandhill crane that might have wandered out of its migration route. Since those types of birds were not native to the area, it’s easy to see how locals could mistake one for a flying man with a 10-foot wingspan, glowing eyes, and the ability to keep up with a moving vehicle, right?

Mothman in the Archives

Mothman art
Mothman by Herman James, from the Monsters in America cryptid art show

Mothman Book Picks

If you want to learn more about the Mothman legend, as well as the strange events that gripped Point Pleasant before the disaster, here’s some recommended reading:

Photo of Mothman in Point Pleasant?
Mothman…or a bird carrying snake?

Mothman may not be stirring up trouble in Point Pleasant these days, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired.

Chicago Mothman

While its not related to the Silver Bridge tragedy, an increasing number of encounters with a bat-like flying humanoid are being reported in the Chicago area. The most recent happened in October, when a couple was attacked in their car in Piotrowski Park. My friend Allison Jornlin of has been investigating and sharing videos from the locations at

Is something bad going to happen in Chicago?

16th Annual Mothman Festival is Happening this September in Point Pleasant

The 16th annual gathering to commemorate the mysterious Mothman is happening this September in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Mothman Festival 2017 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia

It’s been 50 years since the collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, as well as the bizarre sightings and unexplained events leading up to it. Was Mothman trying to warn of the impending tragedy, or did the mysterious flying humanoid creature cause it?

We may never know, but Point Pleasant, home of the Mothman Museum, Mothman statue, and the annual Mothman Festival, have made peace with it. The 16th annual Mothman Festival happens this September 16th and 17th, with live music, vendors, hayrides and bus tours through the notorious TNT area, a Mothman 5K run, the Miss Mothman Pageant, and plenty of food shaped like everyone’s favorite harbinger of doom.

Related: Mothman Roadtrip – 5 Things to do in Point Pleasant

This year’s guests speakers will include:

Lyle Blackburn, executive producer of the new “Mothman of Point Pleasant” documentary, will be discussing “Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch”

Author and paranormal investigations expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley will be talking about the “Interdimensional Paraphysical Sasquatch”

Seth Breedlove, director/producer of “Mothman of Point Pleasant” on “Small Town Monsters: Turning Legends into Time Capsules”

There will also be a meet and greet with the AIMS Team from Destination America’s “Mountain Monsters” series.

Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, WV

More speakers and festival events being announced soon.

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Mothman of Point Pleasant Documentary Now Streaming on Amazon

New Mothman documentary explores in detail the strange events in Point Pleasant, WV that culminated in the collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967.
Mothman of Point Pleasant documentary on Amazon

The latest documentary from Small Town Monsters focuses on the bizarre 13 months of Mothman sightings and other phenomena that happened in Point Pleasant, West Virginia leading up to the disastrous collapse of the Silver Bridge in which 46 lives were lost. Mothman of Point Pleasant, narrated by cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn, is now streaming on Amazon right here.

From the description:

In November of 1966 a car full of kids encountered a creature unlike anything they’d ever seen before. In the weeks and months to follow, the monster (now known as The Mothman) was sighted again and again on country roads and around the state of West Virginia. As the sightings continued so did an increase in unusual activity.

At the center of this bizarre series of events was the town of Point Pleasant, WV. A small burb situated on the banks of the Ohio river with a lengthy history of what many might call bad luck. Over the next thirteen months Point Pleasant would undergo one of the strangest outbreaks of paranormal activity the world has ever seen. An outbreak that eventually ended in tragedy.

Mothman of Point Pleasant Trailer

Watch it now right here

Mothman documentary poster

New Mothman Documentary Relives the Unexplained Phenomena in 1960s Point Pleasant

Relive the Mothman sightings in Point Pleasant through the eyes of the residents who experienced it in this new documentary from Small Town Monsters.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant, WV, and the bizarre series of events preceding it. Small Town Monsters, the production company behind the recent documentaries Minerva Monster, Beast of Whitehall, and Boggy Creek Monster, set their sights on the elusive Mothman to examine the unexplained phenomena locals experienced in the 1960s with new interviews and first hand accounts. Cryptozoologist, author, and television personality Lyle Blackburn narrates.

Small Town Monsters returns for their fourth cryptozoology documentary! The Mothman of Point Pleasant chronicles the historic happenings that took place over the span of 13 months in 1966-67 in West Virginia. After a late-night run in with a freakish flying “thing” near an abandoned munitions factory, four people report their sighting to local police which sparks a “media frenzy”. Over the following year more strange happenings take place as Men in Black and UFOs descend on the town.

But what actually happened in Point Pleasant? Learn the true story behind the infamous Mothman accounts from the people who lived them in this follow-up to STM’s award-winning “Boggy Creek Monster”.

Small Town Monsters is launching a Kickstarter campaign February 2 to fund post-production.

This documentary may be making it’s debut at the 2017 Mothman Festival. Watch for more info!

Update: The Mothman of Point Pleasant is now streaming on Amazon

Mothman Photographed in Point Pleasant?

50 years after the first sighting, a Point Pleasant man believes he captured a photo of the notorious creature.
Mothman photographed in Point Pleasant?
A Point Pleasant man believes a photo he took on November 20th resembles Mothman.

Has mothman resurfaced in Point Pleasant? WCHS Eye Witness news in West Virginia is reporting that a man who recently moved to Point Pleasant and claims to have been unaware of the notorious legend captured a photo of something that looks similar to Mothman Sunday evening.

The first sighting of Mothman occurred 50 years ago on November 12, 1966. Five men digging a grave in a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia saw what they described as “a brown human being” fly low over their heads from some nearby trees. Several days later on November 15 two couples driving in a place outside of town known as the TNT Area were followed by a “large flying man with ten-foot wings” and glowing red eyes.

Sightings of the creature, as well as UFOs and men in black, continued throughout the next year. The bizarre phenomena seemingly culminated in the December 15, 1967 when the Silver Bridge collapsed, plunging rush hour traffic into the frigid waters of the Ohio River. The disaster killed 46 people. Afterward, the strange happenings stopped and Mothman was never seen again.

Until now, apparently.


The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, was driving along State Route 2 when he saw something jump from tree to tree. He stopped on the side of the road to get some photos, catching what appears to be a winged figure with long legs flying through the air.

According to the report, it seems locals such as Carolin Harris, owner of The Mothman Diner, believe the photos could be of Mothman.

Wreckage of the Silver Bridge collapse
Wreckage of the Silver Bridge

Due to the Silver Bridge collapse, Mothman has come to be viewed as a bad omen who either appears to warn of impending disaster, or is the cause of it. If this is Mothman, what doom does his presence portend?