Below are links to Malia’s Miles full web pages I did on my visit to this area. I had a blast but am heading out tomorrow!
On the way to my Michigan Summer of 2011, I planned just a quick stop in Point Pleasant. But I wound up really liking the city park campground there, Krodel Park, and then couldn’t resist a trip into downtown Point Pleasant to see if I could spot The Mothman.
The historic Lowe Hotel crowns the Historic District at the corner of 4th and Main Streets.
I was glad to have been told not to miss the Floodwall Murals at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. I was so impressed with this wonderful historic display that ran from downtown to the end of Main Street, where it ends at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park at the point where the Ohio and the Kanawha rivers meet.
There are wonderful renditions depicting early Indian life, the first white settlers, and up to Revolutionary War times.
OK, and I also have to admit, I became fascinated when I heard about The Mothman, and I went into this shop that featured this cutout in front…
me as Mothwoman!
Try as you may (and as some of the locals wish), you really can’t escape The Mothman as he’s everywhere around town in some form or another…
One of their busiest (and most profitable) times of year is the annual Mothman Festival which draws tourists from all over the country.
I ate at Harris’ Steak House, “The Mothman Diner” and had the Mothman burger (it was delicious!) and visited with the incredibly nice owner, Carolin, who has owned this diner since 1969. It really was a trip back in time as I sat at the counter that had the look and feel of the old soda fountains I grew up with.
I wasn’t about to pass up a chance to go inside “The World’s Only Mothman Museum” either! I spent a good amount of time here reading the handwritten accounts of people who swear they actually saw this creature, some who think he was created from the chemical pollution produced by the making of explosives during WWII in the “TNT Area” where most of the local sightings took place. It was closed in 1945, but residual contamination was obvious when red water was seen bubbling to the surface and in the 1980’s this site was listed as one of the most polluted sites in the U.S. I guess it has supposedly been cleaned up, being referred to now as the McClintic Wildlife Management Area…
I watched the 45 minute documentary that also talked about the movie, The Mothman Prophecies, which I don’t remember hearing of before this, even though it starred Richard Gere, an actor I love. There are all sorts of props and costumes from the movie, obviously a very big deal for Point Pleasant, even though none of the movie was actually filmed here, but was shot in Kittanning, PA.
After local interest died down there, the town donated the entire collection of props they had gathered to The Mothman Museum here. I really got a kick out of a blanket that had a card saying, “The blanket that came in contact with both Richard Gere and Debra Messing in the motel scenes.” Wowee!
And just for grins, this was my favorite postcard.
Really a fun day for me in Point Pleasant, WV!