Point Pleasant, West Virginia: Mothman Statue
A sleek, glinting monument to a mythical creature with glowing eyes and an appetite for dogs. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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For a small town, this statue is quite popular! It's large and in charge. Shiny and fierce! Beware those red eyes![Kristi Dorson, 08/16/2012]
The gleaming metal statue of the Mothman, Point Pleasant's own cryptozoological mystery, stands menacing locals and visitors alike. For the real history of what happened in Point Pleasant in 1966 and 1967, visit the Mothman Museum across the street.[Greg Brown, 06/21/2011]
From the Laura Linney/Richard Gere movie The Mothman Prophecies and the famous John Keel book, the Mothman statue stands some twelve feet tall. The giant football sized red eyes were supposed to be lit up from behind for night effects, but sadly sponsorship funding came up short.[Todd Wiseman, 01/18/2005]
Sightings of the terrifying Mothmen began in 1966, around an old TNT storage area. The bridge collapse, which killed 50 people, was on December 15, 1967. The movie premiered in 2002; Point Pleasant has been promoting Mothmen ever since -- they even landed some promo funding from WV's governor in 2004. Point Pleasant has an annual Mothman Festival, a mothman-themed visitors' center, and this statue (unveiled in Gunn Park in 2003, which may have been renamed Mothman Park). The sculpture was rendered in stainless steel by artist Robert Roach. The photo was provided by Jerry Waters of Talk Radio WVTS am950.