Gage Vint 1/30/18 5th period 3 page essay The Moth Man The Moth man legend is about a thing that happened at Point Pleasant and it was pretty bad at West Virginia on December 15

Gage Vint
5th period
3 page essay
The Moth Man

The Moth man legend is about a thing that happened at Point Pleasant and it was pretty bad at West Virginia on December 15, 1967. On that day in December, at around 4 p. m., the U. S. Highway 35 Bridge, or the Silver Bridge, collapsed. The Silver Bridge connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanauga, Ohio. Thirty-seven vehicles were on the Silver Bridge when it collapsed, making 31 of those cars fall into the river. Forty-six people died and nine were seriously injured. For 13 months before to the incident, residents in the Point Pleasant area had witnessed sightings of a man-sized bird creature called The Moth man. Many claimed to have seen The Moth Man not far from the bridge, and some believe that this creature was involved with the collapse of the Silver Bride. Shortly after the Silver Bridge collapsed there were a couple of sightings, then the Moth man disappeared. The first Moth man sighting happened in the early 1960s, a woman driving her car near the Chief Cornstalk Hunting Grounds stopped to avoid hitting what she thought was a man in the road. The figure turned to face her, its eyes glowing red from the headlights. It spread two large, thin wings and started flying away or something. Another sighting took place in 1965. A woman living on the banks of the Ohio River informed police that her son had come in from playing and told her that he had seen an angel in the yard. A year later, a doctor’s wife reported seeing what she described as a giant, thin butterfly. And in November of the same year, five men digging a grave reported seeing a brown human being with wings fly out of the trees. Later that same month, Mr. and Mrs. Scarberry and their friends the Mallettes were driving towards Point Pleasant when they saw a tall figure on the side of the road in an area known as TNT. They told the cops that it stood at least seven feet tall. They also stated that it had large wings folded behind its back. As they drove on, the figure took to the air and flew above the car. They reported the incident to the Mason County Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff returned to the scene with the four witnesses, but although his snag alarm acted up, nothing else happened. The TNT area became known as the home of the Moth man. TNT is a large part of land that has many concrete domes that were used to store ammunition during World War II. The TNT land tract sits next to the 2,500-acre McClintic Wildlife Station. The whole area is covered in dense forest and steep hills and has a lot of tunnels. Only three sightings were recorded in 1967. Then in 1968 the Moth man came back for some more. It was said to have been seen several times on Jericho Road. The Moth Man made its last reported appearance on September 18, 1968, when several people witnessed the moth lookin thing, again in the TNT area. Long-time residents of Point Pleasant say that the Moth Man sightings, UFO sightings and encounters with “men in black” are all somehow related. Meanwhile, researchers, investigators and monster hunters have descended on the small town. Between 1966 and 1967, all told over 100 people stated that they saw the winged Moth man. All reports had the creature standing close to seven feet tall, with bat like wings used to glide rather than flapping. Reports also say that the Moth man’s eyes were near the top of its shoulders. By 1969, most of the sightings had come to an end, and the Moth man faded away just as quietly as it had appeared. However, the Moth man’s legacy lives on in Point Pleasant. In the middle of the Gunn Park, in the center of Point Pleasant, stands an imposing stainless steel statue by local sculptor Robert Roach. Every year in September, the Moth man Festival is held, drawing thousands to the small town. One of the highlights of the festival is the creepy TNT-area haunted hayride. The TNT area is unchanged since the Moth man sightings from throughout the 1960s. Nobody knows who or what was The Moth man, and what was behind the mysterious events that took place in Point Pleasant in that time? Whatever it was, many historians believe that it was not a hoax. There were just far too many credible witnesses to dismiss it in this way. Yet whatever the Moth man is or was, it has marked its place in West Virginia’s history and traditions. Many people still think that The Moth Man is still alive and going and people are looking for it too. There has been shows, movies, and books about

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