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The Ohio River floods Point Pleasant, W.Va. The bridge at left is the Shadle Bridge, according to James Casto. The bridge, which carried Route 2, crosses the Kanawha River from Point Pleasant, W.Va. (shown), to Henderson, W.Va. (to the left, not shown). The two bridge at top are the Silver Bridge, which was built in 1928 and collapsed Dec. 15, 1967, killing 46 people. The bridge in back is a railroad bridge, which is still standing. In 1969, the Silver Memorial Bridge was completed. It crosses the Ohio River about a mile south of the original bridge, connecting Gallipolis, Ohio, with Henderson, W.Va. Date is unknown.

Gallery: Historical photos of the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge

Dec. 15, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Photos related to the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant and its collapse on Dec. 15, 1967.

Thirty-seven vehicles were on the bridge when it fell into the Ohio River. Forty-six people died, and nine others were seriously injured.