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Book now available on the Silver Bridge Disaster

Sep. 30, 2012 @ 11:20 PM

POINT PLEASANT -- One of the nation's worst bridge collapse tragedies will be honored in a new book that will be release Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Arcadia Publishing is releasing, "The Images of America book "The Silver Bridge Disaster of 1967." It will be available at the Point Pleasant River Museum beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Using the archives of the Point Pleasant River Museum as a launching point, Stephan Bullard, Bridget Gromek, Martha Fout and Ruth Fout weave together period photographs and firsthand eyewitness accounts to create a compelling narrative of this horrific tragedy.

On Dec. 15, 1967, at the height of rush hour the Silver Bridge, which was built in 1927, collapsed.

Forty six people lost their lives that night as cars crashed into the icy waters of the Ohio River.

There will be a reception at the Point Pleasant River Museum on Dec. 15, the 45th anniversary of the fall of the bridge where all the authors are expected to be there to sign books.

If you purchase your book early at the museum and want to bring it back to be signed by all the authors you may do so. Several family members of those who were on the bridge, some of the survivors of the collapse along with retired State Trooper Rudy Odell who was the first law enforcement officer on the West Virginia side, to arrive on the scene will be at the museum that day.

The book will sell for $21.99 plus tax and there will be a small charge for postage if mailed.

With a credit card you can make the purchase over the phone. If you have questions, call Martha or Ruth at the museum at 304-674-0144.