From Wikipedia: On November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry, and Steve and Mary Mallette, along with their young cousin, Lonnie Button, were traveling late at night in the Scarberrys' car. They were passing the West Virginia Ordnance Works, an abandoned World War II TNT factory, about seven miles north of Point Pleasant, in the 2,500 acre McClintic Wildlife Management Area, when they noticed two red lights in the shadows by an old generator plant near the factory gate. They stopped the car, and reportedly discovered that the lights were the glowing red eyes of a large animal, "shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back," according to Roger Scarberry. Terrified, they drove toward Route 62, where the creature supposedly chased them at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
A plaque on the Mothman statue provides a version
of the original legend: "On a chilly, fall night in November 1966, two
young couples drove into the TNT area north of
The following night, on November 16, several armed townspeople combed the area around the TNT plant for signs of Mothman. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wamsley, and Mrs. Marcella Bennett, with her infant daughter Teena, were in a car en-route to visit their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thomas, who lived in a small house near the igloos (concrete dome-shaped dynamite storage structures erected during WW-II) near the TNT plant. The igloos were now empty, some owned by the county, others by companies intending to use them for storage. They were heading back to their car when a figure appeared behind their parked vehicle. Mrs. Bennett said that it seemed like it had been lying down, slowly rising up from the ground, large and gray, with glowing red eyes. While Wamsley phoned the police, the creature walked onto the porch and peered in at them through the window.
On November 24, four people allegedly saw the creature flying over the TNT
area. On the morning of November 25, Thomas Ury, who
was driving along Route 62 just north of the TNT, claimed to have seen the
creature standing in a field, and then it spread its wings and flew away, and
Thomas sped toward the
A Mothman sighting was again reported on January
11, 1967, hovering over the town's bridge, and several other times that same
year. Fewer sightings of the Mothman were reported
after the collapse of the town's bridge, the
The Mothman Festival is a weekend
long event held in Point Pleasant on the 3rd weekend
every September. There is a variety of events that go on during the festival
such as guest speakers, vendor exhibits, and hayride tours focusing on the
notable areas of
The Mothman Prophecies is a 2002 film starring Richard Gere
as John Klein, a reporter who researches the legend of the Mothman.
It is based on actual events that occurred between November 1966 and December
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Mothman Statue located in downtown Point Pleasant.
Plaque on the Mothman Statue
Another view of the Mothman.
Close-Up of the big red eyes.
Legend has it that the Mothman appears before a tragedy.
The Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant was the site of such a tragedy after nearly a year of sightings.
Old photo of the Silver Bridge.
Memorial plaque near the site of the old Silver Bridge.