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Point Pleasant, West Virginia

TNT Area

Scene of the infamous Mothman sightings. 

For a brief period in late 1966 and early 1967 the West Virginia Ordnance Works, better known to locals as the TNT Area, was home to one of America’s most famous mythical creatures - the Mothman. The creature was first seen at the gate of the abandoned munitions storage facility, and sightings in the area continued until the collapse of the Silver Bridge in December, 1967. The Mothman and the circumstances around its appearance in Point Pleasant would later be chronicled in John Keel’s 1976 book “The Mothman Prophecies” and its 2002 movie adaptation.

While there seems to be no established theory explaining the mass sightings, nor a theory as to why the creature would choose the TNT Area as its home, the rows of World War II-era igloo-like bunkers and dilapidated laboratories give it all the ambiance a discerning monster could want. The TNT Area became a Superfund site in 1983, and is still undergoing cleanup and decontamination.


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