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Kanagua in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Silver Bridge Disaster

 
 
The Silver Bridge Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, March 26, 2006
1. The Silver Bridge Disaster Marker
Inscription. On December 15, 1967, about one mile downstream from this historic marker, a national tragedy occured. Forty-six interstate travelers lost their lives when the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River during five o'clock rush hour traffic. The 2,235 foot two-way vehicular bridge connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanagua, Ohio via U.S. Route 35. The West Virginia Ohio River Bridge Company built the structure in 1928 for $1.2 million. The bridge, unique in its engineering conception, was the first of its design in America and the second in the world. Instead of woven-wire cable, the bridge was suspended on heat-treated eye-bar chains. It was named the "Silver Bridge" because it was the first in the world to be painted with aluminum paint. In 1969, two years later, its replacement, the Silver Memorial Bridge, was dedicated.
 
Erected 1992 by Gallia County Historical Society O. O. McIntyre Park District and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-27.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 38° 51.851′ N, 82° 8.54′ W. Marker is in Kanagua, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker can be reached from
The Silver Bridge Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, March 25, 2006
2. The Silver Bridge Disaster Marker
This marker lists the names of all those who died due to the bridge collapse.
Ohio Route 7 0.1 miles north of Georges Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Silver Bridge Eye-Bar (here, next to this marker); Kellian V. Whaley (approx. 1.1 miles away in West Virginia); Dr. Jesse Bennett (approx. 1.2 miles away in West Virginia); Early Graves (approx. 1.2 miles away in West Virginia); Seventh Street (approx. 1.3 miles away in West Virginia); Daniel Haymond Polsley (approx. 1.3 miles away in West Virginia); Silver Bridge Collapse (approx. 1.4 miles away in West Virginia); Point Pleasant (approx. 1.4 miles away in West Virginia).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Silver Bridge Collapse - YouTube. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Mothman
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsDisastersIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
 
Mothman of Point Pleasant image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, March 25, 2006
3. Mothman of Point Pleasant
Across the river in the town of Point Pleasant stands this statue of The Mothman. Beginning approximately 14 months prior to the Silver Bridge collapse, this strange creature and other paranormal events (including UFOs and Men in Black) were seen and experienced in and around the town of Point Pleasant. In all there were 100s of sightings, which all mysteriously ceased after the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Many people believe that either the Mothman was responsible or that its appearance was a warning for the impending disaster. In Point Pleasant there is also a museum dedicated to the history of the Mothman
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,342 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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