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.
Witnesses reported it to be about 6 to 8 feet tall and that it could fly at incredible speed.
The local paper reported the sightings and the description of Mothman and it made headlines around the world.
The Silver Bridge
On December 15th, 1967 the Sliver Bridge, connecting Point Pleasant to Gallipolis, Ohio collapsed.
Unfortunately, that day the 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. There seemed to be no reasonable answer as to why the bridge collapsed.
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. Tourist and reporters flocked to the town in hopes of getting a glimpse of him.
A large monument of Mothman was erected in the center of town to immortalize his legend.
The chrome plated statue is complete with red eyes and a set of wings.
It stands 12 feet tall and it still attracts visitors to this day.
Is Mothman Real?
Many people believe to this day that Mothman is real! There have since been books written about him and movies have been made to heighten people’s curiosity.
Non believers have their own theories on the Mothman legend.
One theory suggests that it was a Sandhill Crane that was out of its natural migration path.
Still others suggest that it came from a nuclear power plant, located on the outskirts of town, which leaked toxins. Of course there was also the UFO theory and that indeed Mothman could be an alien!
BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
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