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Point Pleasant, West Virginia

"Where History and Rivers Meet"

May 27-29 , 2011
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I hadn't really intended to explore Point Pleasant - this was just going to be a quick stopver at the Krodel Park Campground on my way to Michigan. Once I got here, besides liking the park, I then heard things that intriqued me about Point Pleasant (including the Mothman sightings, I admit), so I ended up staying 3 nights and really enjoyed my time in this area.

When he was surveying this area in 1770, George Washington named this point of land where the rivers Ohio and Kanawha meet "a pleasant point." Point Pleasant Tourism Information
After Main Street, the first thing I did was stroll along the riverfront park that fronts the Ohio River with great views of the Railroad Bridge to the north (shown here) and the Silver Memorial Bridge to the south.

All along this riverwalk are the Floodwall Murals at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. In the background here is the back of the Lowe Hotel, the largest landmark in Point Pleasant. It was opened in 1901 and said to be haunted by guests who have decided not to check out. Read more at Haunted Lowe Hotel.

The murals are absolutely beautiful and depict the early history of the area from the early Indian settlements to the Revolutionary War.

The statues here are of Chief Cornstalk and General Andrew Lewis. Lewis defeated Cornstalk at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, depicted in the mural in the background.

Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is at the end of Main Street where the two rivers meet. The park's name is taken from the Indian name meaning"point between two waters."

There are monuments here that honor the early frontier people and Revolutionary War soldiers. Also here are the remains of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk who survived his defeat here in 1774. The Chief later sided with the Virginians over the British, but he was kidnapped and then killed by soldiers at the garrison during what started out to be a friendly visit in 1777. Legend says that he cursed the land before dying and some believe that the Silver Bridge Collapse in 1967 was part of this "Curse of the Cornstalk."

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