"Point Pleasant..full of History and Mystery!!!" Point Pleasant by butterflykizzez04

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The Famous Silver Bridge accident..Mothman!!!

The original Silver Bridge collapsed in the mid 1960's..it was a 700-foot high bridge that fell and killed many.

In the 1960's there were numerous reports of a mysterious creature that was eventually named the "MOTHMAN". First sighted near route 2 of what was once the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk's hunting grounds. The MOTHMAN is said to look like a man but closer views revealed a much larger creature with functional wings. The wings unfolded from the back and extend the width of the road. Witnesses reported the creature traveling at speeds over 100 mph during encounters which involved vehicles.
The MOTHMAN was later spotted many times in Point Pleasant area. It is described being gray and standing 6-7 feet tall with red hypnotic eyes.
Many other strange occurences had been going on also, John Keel wrote a book; The Mothman Prophecies and Richard Gere starred in the movie, which was not filmed in Point Pleasant..lol

Chief Cornstalk is buried here at Tu-Endie-Wei

The Shawnee Indian Chief Cornstalk is buried at the park near the Ohio River.

Cornstalk's Curse....In 1777, the friendly Shawnee Chief Cornstalk, his son, Elinipsico, Red Hawk and another prominent Indian were murdered in retaliation for the murder of a member of the garrison. It is reported that as Chief Cornstalk laid dying, he placed a two-hundred year curse on the town which resulted in all the 1960's mayhem over the Mothman. Chief Cornstalk was buried at the corner of the Courthouse but now rest in a tomb beneath his monument at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful parks and lovely Ohio river views
  • Cons:Never saw the MOTHMAN
  • In a nutshell:Very nice area, full of history....and mystery if you believe in the Mothman
  • Last visit to Point Pleasant: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 6, 2005
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  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Great historical information. I am thinking about taking a day trip here from Baltimore due to interest in the Mothman story.

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    I was born in Pt Pleasant, the mansion house was never called Walter Newman nothing. Or a tavern, it was a historic museum and calling it a tavern is terrible

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 2:13 PM

    I loved the movie Mothman Prophecies. It had a lot to do with the chief's murder from the history files I read. Good stuff!

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2005 at 7:30 AM

    Good work Lisa! I'm a little embarrassed by how little I know the events in your area...terrific well written history lesson. Now all you need is real Mothman photo and you'll be a celebrity ;-) Thanks...Tom


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