Mothman looms over small US town
A quick walk up Main Street is enough to learn who this US river town's most famous resident is: His name is on signs, and there's even a museum devoted to him.
And the sculpture in the middle of town shows his enormous wings and glowing red eyes.
More than 40 years after the first reported sighting of the mysterious creature later called "Mothman," residents in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, have embraced his legend. They've helped to turn this town into a destination for people in search of an offbeat tourism experience.
But while there's no local consensus on whether the stories are true, most agree that Mothman is good for business.
"It's helped the town," said Ruth Finley, who owns the 106-year-old Lowe Hotel on Main Street along with her husband. "People come because of Mothman and they stay at the hotel, they go to the restaurants."
Every September, Point Pleasant hosts the weekend-long Mothman Festival, which draws about 2,000 people a year to this town of about 4,500.
Walking along Main Street, conventioneers can have their picture taken near the statue, drink a "Mothman Frappachino" and drop into the Mothman Museum.
Inside, they can look over everything from accounts of Mothman sightings to props from the 2002 Richard Gere film The Mothman Prophecies, which helped boost interest in the creature.
The first sighting was reported on Nov. 15, 1966. Others later came forward to say they had seen a gray creature about 2.1m tall with bright red eyes and wings like a bird.
The sightings ended on Dec. 15, 1967, the day of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which linked Point Pleasant to Ohio.
Forty-six people were killed, and ever since people have speculated on whether the sightings were connected to the tragedy. (AP)
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