Gallipolis, Ohio: Silver Bridge Disaster Eye-Bar

The Silver Bridge collapsed in 1967, taking 46 lives, after structural supports like this large metal eyebar failed. The bridge collapse has been tied in with lore and historical sightings of Mothman.
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Hwy 7, Gallipolis, OH
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Two miles north of Gallipolis, Ohio on Route 7. In a rest area north of the intersection with Georges Creek Rd..
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Silver Bridge Eyebar. Silver Bridge Eye-Bar

The Silver Bridge Eye-Bar is located at a rest area two miles north of Gallipolis, Ohio on Route 7. The Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967, taking 46 lives. This particular eye-bar doesn't seem to have been used on the actual Silver Bridge but this appears to be the only memorial to the bridge located in Ohio (there are several in nearby Point Pleasant, West Virginia).

[Greg Brown, 06/23/2011]

The bridge fell when one of its suspension "eyebars" mysteriously snapped (it used chained-together eyebars rather than suspension cables). The one on display is "similar to the one that fractured," according to its plaque -- a visual aid, close enough.

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