Like the Sasquatch, Ogopogo and Loch Ness monster, the Mothman is now a part of those legendary, elusive creatures.
The first reported sightings were in West Virginia, in an area known as Point Pleasant. Between November 1966 to December 1967, dozens of people reported seeing a large winged human-like creature with glowing red eyes. the The local paper reported the sightings and description of Mothman and it made headlines around the world.
Witnesses reported it to be about 6 to 8 feet tall and that it could fly at incredible speed.
On December 15th, 1967 the Sliver Bridge, connecting Point Pleasant to Gallipolis, Ohio collapsed. Unfortunately, that day traffic on the bridge was heavy. It was close to Christmas and people were out and about doing last minute errands and Christmas shopping. The bridge collapsed into the water, taking the lives of 46 people.
Since this was the second bizarre incident to happen in a year in this normally quiet, unassuming place, locals began connecting Mothman to the bridge disaster.
The town, unheard of by most people, was now famous. They had a large monument of Mothman erected to immortalize the legend. The chrome plated statue is complete with red eyes and wings. It stands 12 feet tall and attracts visitors to this day.
Several theories have come to light from non believers. One suggests it was a Sandhill Crane that was out of its natural migration path. Others suggest it came from a nuclear power plant, located on the outskirts of town, which leaked toxins. Of course there was also the UFO theory.
There have since been books written and movies made to heighten the curiosity of Mothman believers.