West Virginia: Point Pleasant

Hello! This is going to be the last of my holiday snaps for now. Luckily I’ve been able to just embed them from Instagram, so it’s saved me a bunch of time – BUT it means they’re kind of scrambled up because Instagram isn’t the best medium for posting photos in groups thanks to the inability to mix vertical and horizontal.

So, Point Pleasant. In my mind, it’s most famous for the Mothman cryptid, but maybe that’s just me. (Amy was surprised I’d ever heard of Mothman, so there you go.) But once I realized it was in the general vicinity, I knew we had to stop!

One sad thing, so my camera started doing this weird thing where after you take the photo, instead of showing it in the view screen (like normal) it would flash back to an older photo. I checked the thumbnails, and they showed all the photos, so I wasn’t worried. But, eventually, it got annoying, so I powered off ejected the card and popped it back in, and when I did that, all of those disappeared, so I have zero photos of the statue without us in them, and lost several building photos, etc. that I didn’t notice until much later.

But on to these. This is hubby and I in front of the statue, of course, and then the rest are the Mothman Museum (I had no idea there was a museum!). The museum has displays on all the different components – I’ll try to keep this short. There is a lot on the UFO sightings and the Mothman sighting (of course), that went on for two years. Then there is the Men in Black, who were these strange men who showed up during those two years, talking to anyone who had seen any of those aforementioned UFOs or the Mothman (called the Birdman, btw, by the press at the time), then they cover the collapse of the Silver Bridge (that killed 46 people I think it was), which many people think was connected to those UFOs/Mothman. I have no idea if it really was all connected or not, but regardless, it’s all there, along with a section of items from the movie Mothman Prophecies that came out in the early 2000s.

Anyway, the photos. The second is the entrance inside the store, the third is a Mothman costume, fourth is all about the Men in Black, some more Mothman costumes, then a piece of “broken glass” from the movie (they had a lot of movie stuff there), a model of the bridge, some newspaper clippings from the bridge disaster (they have a massive collection of clippings on all the different elements!), and a piece of metal from the bridge that collapsed.

Yeah, how cool is that? After that we went hunting for the bridge site. The first photo is the replacement bridge – the Silver Memorial Bridge – taken coming back into WV from Ohio (of note, it now goes into Henderson, not Point Pleasant. You have to cross it, then cross that green bridge to get into Point Pleasant.) Second is a mural that I *think* is where the bridge used to be because the plaque (which is supposed to be posted where the onramp for the bridge was) is straight back from it. Speaking of the plaque, its #3. Then there’s the new bridge viewed from the river front, and finally another shot of driving over it because we ended up hopping back over to Ohio for lunch at Bob Evans, haha!

While looking for bridge stuff, we ended at the riverfront walk and wow! There was so much there! I had no idea, I guess. I didn’t think about the fact that West Virginia used to be Virginia, but it has so much old history – like Revolutionary War history! Coming from an area that wasn’t really settled until the 1850s/60s, I don’t really think about it. Anyway, the third photo is of a tiny piece of the crazy long mural that runs along the river (it’s fantastic!), then there’s a barge in the river, then there are statues of Chief Cornstalk and General Andrew Lewis from the Battle of Point Pleasant. At the end of the river walk is an amazing park, that has some of the best placed benches I’ve ever seen (this is the big monument in the middle that Instagram chopped off because, vertical.). A shot of that green bridge from the river, and another shot of the Silver Memorial Bridge, then a few more historical markers. Imagine living somewhere that has that many historical places/events! We have a single axe murder in 1912 here, and the town I grew up in had nothing.

There was also an amazing little cemetery – again divided into portrait and landscape shots:

And that wraps up what I’ve got to share with you. Hope you at least enjoyed a few of them.

Have a surprise museum kind of day!

Jo πŸ™‚

About Joleene Naylor

An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at http://JoleeneNaylor.com or drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com

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