McClintic Wildlife Management Area
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
I visited the McClintic Wildlife Management Area (TNT Area) twice - once on September 7, 2002 and again on April 12, 2003. Click on the following links to view the photos:
Back in 1966 and 1967 there were sightings of a huge moth-like creature in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Several of these sightings were near the TNT Area. This area got its name because of the 100+ domes located there. During World War II ammunition and chemicals were stored in these domes. Today most of the domes are locked and welded shut, but I have heard that some of the domes have been broken into. I'd love to find one so I could see the inside!
Anyway, back to the Mothman sightings. These sightings have been seen all over the world. The first known sightings of this bird-like or moth-like creature was back in ancient Babylon. These creatures are seen for a few months or weeks before a great tragedy. For example, the mothman was sighted in Mexico City, 1985 right before the big earthquake. There were also sightings in Chernobyl in 1986, right before the big nuclear disaster. Some even claim that the mothman was seen in Western Pennsylvania right before the plane crash in September, 2001.
On December 15, 1967 at 5:05PM the Silver Bridge that spanned over the Ohio River between Gallipolis, OH and Point Pleasant, WV collapsed. Forty six people were killed. After that disaster most of the mothman sightings in this area stopped.
Of course, not everyone believes that the Mothman sightings were true. One professor at a West Virginia university believed that the people who claimed to see this creature actually saw Sandhill cranes. However, these cranes are the wrong color (they're white and mothman was dark gray or black) and they're also too skinny.
Another theory is that the Mothman sightings were really just a mass hallucination. However, not everyone saw the exact same thing, so this seems doubtful.
There's also the theory that the bridge collapsing, the Mothman sightings, and all of the UFO sightings that occured during the thirteen months prior to the Silver Bridge disaster are a result of a curse placed on the town by Chief Cornstalk. Chief Cornstalk was defeated in Point Pleasant during the beginning of the Revolutionary War. They say that before he was killed he placed a 200 year curse on the town.
Another theory is that the Mothman is really an alien. There were several UFO sighting during this time. People kept seeing moving, multicolored lights in the sky. There were also these mysterious men in black that kept threatening people who claimed to see the Mothman or UFOs. They did NOT want these people to talk publicly about the things they had seen.
Quite a few people believe that the Mothman is some kind of mutation from all of the chemicals and pollution at the TNT area. This could be a valid explanation since the EPA had declared the area an environmental disaster!
One thing is for sure...LOTS of strange things happened during this time! People were being chased by the Mothman or a Sandhill Crane and it scared them to death. The Mothman really seemed to be attracted to blood. One time he attacked a blood mobile, and most of the cars he chased were driven by women who were on their period. Also, there were several cases of missing animals that were found drained of blood. Investigators also noticed that on most of these animals the anus was removed and there were traces of radiation around the area.
Most people believe that Mothman did have something to do with the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Some even claim to have seen him standing on or under the bridge right before it fell. Even today there still isn't a solid, clear reason as to why the bridge fell. The West Virginia Department of Transporation concluded that it was a badly manufactured pin. The pin that was supposedly bad was the thirteenth pin...and the Mothman sitings had been going on for thirteen months! Strange stuff, isn't it?!
In 2006, I received an e-mail from Ryan about his experiences at the TNT Area:
I read your file on the Mothman and how you visited the TNT area. This area is very close to my parents' house. I haven't been in the TNT area for several years, but you really need to experience it at night! With that area being so isolated, it truly is an experience that will leave an impression. Visit during mid to late August...when humidity is high during the day, but cools down some at night -- letting a fog blanket you.
In August 2009, I received an e-mail from Gene Galyean about his experiences at the TNT Area:
I went to the TNT Area of Point Plesent WV on June 8, 2009. I have visited the area several times, and thought I would take a cousin, Tamara, who was visiting from Muncie, Indinia. We went and visited three mounds in the area, and together we took about 300 photographs.
In November 2012, I received an e-mail from Dave about his experiences at the TNT Area:
I now live in Cleveland, Ohio but from 1985-1987 I lived near the Gallipolis area in Vinton, Ohio where I attended North Gallia High School. I grew up hearing about the Mothman. A lot of my friends and I would travel over to Point Pleasant on the weekends to see TNT. Back in the 80's some of the domes were not sealed closed so we would go there at night and hang out. The doors on the domes were wide enough to pull our cars into so we did. I never saw the Mothman while there, but I did hear strange sounds and felt the draft after something flew past us. Most of times I went there were at night, but I did go there once or twice during the day. At the very top of one of the domes in the center was something that appeared to be the shape of a moth. The ceiling in these domes were around 30' high, and I could not tell if it was painted or something like a mist but I definitely felt a presence and it was not a welcoming one! One night while there a friend and I were walking down one of the many dirt roads and witnessed what appeared to be some type of animal sacrifice by a small group of people dressed in robes. The one had a hat made from what looked like a goat's head with fur covering his groin. That night I could see the silhouette of something large flying across the moonlit skyline...that night was really creepy! Just thought I would share my story with you.