Bridge Across the Ohio
The bridge seen in the distance is across the Ohio River immediately downstream from the mouth of the Kanawha. The bridge was hurriedly constructed after the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The Silver Bridge collapsed December 15,1967 while packed with vehicles of Christmas shoppers and travelers on U.S. Route 35. Forty-six people lost their lives in this tragedy which still haunts Point Pleasant. Thirty-seven vehicles were on the bridge when it collapsed.
The construction of the old bridge was unique and used an eye-bar much like a bicycle chain. Cause of the failure was attributed to failure of an eyebar that had weakened as a result of corrosion. Because of the collaspe of this bridge, the President ordered that all bridges be inspected for corrosion. An example of this eye-bar can be seen at a rest area across the Ohio River near where the bridge once stood.
It was named the "Silver Bridge" because it was the first silver-painted bridge in the country.
Collapse of the Silver Bridge was dramatized in the movie "Mothman Prophecies." In the movie the bridge took much longer to drop than it did in 1967.