May 28, 2011 – Even though I’ve always been fascinated with oddities and any manner of weird stuff, I had never heard of The Mothman. But when I mentioned to my friend Tab that I was passing through Point Pleasant, WV on my way to see him and Deanna, he got me interested enough about this guy to convince me to stay and visit downtown Point Pleasant. I also don’t remember ever hearing of The Mothman Prophecies movie that came out in 2002 despite the fact that I absolutely love Richard Gere.
Sign on statue: “On a chilly, fall night in November 1966, two young couples drove into the TNT area north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when they realized they were not alone. What they saw that night has evolved into one of the great mysteries of all time; hence the Mothman Legacy began. It has grown into a phenomenon known all over the world by millions of curious people asking questions: What really happened? What did these people see? Has it been seen since? It still sparks the world’s curiosity – the mystery behind Point Pleasant West Virginia’s MOTHMAN.”
Side view of the red eyed wonder who terrorized people here from 1966 to 1967 and whose appearances are said to have foretold or been seen at disasters, including the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina as well as the collapse of the local Silver Bridge in 1967 (which pretty much put an end to the local sightings).
Right around the corner from the statue is the shop “The Point Where the Rivers Meet” at 330 Main Street. I had fun visiting with shop owner John, who is happy to fill you in on anything Mothman related, including the fact that The Mothman really did receive 3 votes when his name was entered as a write-in on the ballot.
This cutout is in front of the store so I had to see what I would look like as the “Bride of Mothman!”
Point Pleasant is the home of “The World’s Only Mothman Museum” (and, really, could the world stand more than one??). Here you can find all sorts of history, facts, personal accounts of encounters, as well as memorabilia from the movie, including “One of three paint cans carried out of the paint store by Will Patten when Richard Gere talked to him on the sidewalk.” I could hardly stand the thrill! 😉
Actually, I enjoyed the 45 minute documentary and looking over some of the school projects that were done on the subject. Turned out to be a really fun day in Point Pleasant!