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Aerial photo of the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. At left is Kanauga, Ohio. At upper right is Point Pleasant, W.Va. At lower right is Henderson, W.Va. The date of this photo is possibly around 1953. Of the two bridges crossing the Ohio River, the one in front is 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.

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.