Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Mothman

"On a chilly, fall night in November 1966, two young couples drove into the TNT area north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when they realized they were not alone."

This is on a plaque in Point Pleasant West Virginia, at the Mothman Statue. According to local legend, a mysterious creature appeared in Point Pleasant and Charleston was seen several time between 1966 and 1967. The creature was described as being between 6 and 7 feet, with an enormous wing span, and glowing red eyes. The movie the Mothman Prophecies starring Richard Gere is roughly based on the Mothman legend. Fox Mulder refers to the Mothman as well in an episode of the X-Files. While no explanation has been agreed upon, many have made attempts to explain the Mothman. Aside from the supernatural explanation, some have gone as far to say the Mothman is an unidentified bird. Regardless, this is a nice juicy bit of local folklore. Every year the residents of Pleasant point celebrate The Mothman Festival, which takes place the third weekend of September. For a complete history, including all the documented sightings, go here.

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