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On This Date in 1967

On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge, that crossed the Ohio River between Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanauga, Ohio, collapsed during afternoon rush hour, killing 46 people. The eyebar suspension bridge opened in 1928. A similar bridge, upriver in St. Mary's, was immediately closed and demolished in 1971.

As a result of the tragedy, the NBIS was initiated, mandating that all bridges in the United States, longer than 20 feet, be inspected every two years.

Adding to the mystique of the region is "The Mothman Prophesies." Legend has it that the mysterious Mothman foretold the collapse. The Mothman Prophecies is a 1975 book by John Keel that was the basis of a 2002 movie of the same name.

For more about the collapse, see the listing for the Silver Bridge.

Comments  (3)

On This Date in 1967
Posted December 15, 2011, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

That'd be sometime around never. Not limited to, but including that past, the present, and likely in the future as well.

On This Date in 1967
Posted December 15, 2011, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Nothing of the film was shot in Point Pleasant. It was all shot in Pennsylvania, although several police officers from Point Pleasant participated in the filming as extras. Of course, when did Hollywood ever tell a "true story" that was completely accurate?

On This Date in 1967
Posted December 15, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

FYI, the bridge in the Mothman Prophecies movie is actually the Kittanning Bridge in Pennsylvania. http://www.historicbridges.org/pennsylvania/kittanning/