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Learn more about the Silver Bridge

Jan. 15, 2009 @ 08:45 AM

Here’s a look at some of the places in downtown Point Pleasant, W.Va., to learn more about the Silver Bridge. Go online at www.masoncountytourism.org for more info.

Point Pleasant River Museum:  Located at 28 Main St., Point Pleasant. On the second floor of the River Museum, there is a model of the exact number of cars and positions of the cars and trucks on the bridge and its ramps during the tragedy. The museum also loops a documentary about the tragedy as well. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Go online at www.pprrivermuseum.com or call 304-674-0144.

Silver Bridge Memorial: Located on Main Street, a small memorial plaque is located at the site of the Silver Bridge collapse. It is next door to the Iron Gate restaurant. The circular monument bears the name of each victim of the disaster. Of those who died, 19 were from West Virginia, 22 were from Ohio, three were from North Carolina and two were from Virginia.

There is a second memorial located on the river side of the floodwall near the former entrance of the bridge at 6th Street. That plaque contains many of the details of that tragic day.

Ohio’s Silver Bridge Memorial: A third memorial is in place at the rest area on Ohio 7 in Gallia County, Ohio, located just one mile north of where the original bridge stood.

Mothman Museum
:  Located at 411 Main St., in Point Pleasant, the Mothman Museum has tons of old clippings of news reports about the Silver Bridge disaster, as well as clippings, documentaries and information about the Mothman. There are also props, books and gear dedicated to the mysterious Mothman, that was sighted many times before the fall of the bridge. Go online at www.mothmanlives.com or www.mothmanmuseum.com.