Point Pleasant is a city in
Virginia, United States, at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha
The population was 4,637 at the 2000 census.
It is the
county seat of Mason
County and the principal city of the Point Pleasant, WV-OH
Pleasant is most famous for the 1967 collapse of the Silver
Bridge, which killed 46 people.
It is also known for a series of local legends centered on the
collapse of the bridge. According to these legends, a winged humanoid creature
was seen by several Point
Pleasant residents in the weeks leading up to the disaster. The
creature is said to have predicted the collapse. This is the source
of the book and movie, The
is also noted for the October 10, 1774, Battle of Point
Pleasant, in which Virginia militiamen led by Colonel
Andrew Lewis defeated an
Algonquin Confederation of Shawnee and Mingo warriors led by
Shawnee Chief Cornstalk.
is celebrated in Point Pleasant as the first battle of the American Revolutionary War
in 1908 the US Senate authorized erection of a monument to
commemorate Point Pleasant as the site of the first battle of the
American Revolution. Most historians, however, regard it not as a
battle of the Revolution but instead as a part of Lord Dunmore's
It was the final home of Confederate
, the next-to-last
Confederate General to die. He died at his farm at Grimm's Landing on
January 23, 1927, and is buried in nearby Henderson.
Point Pleasant is located at (38.857527, -82.128571) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), of which, 2.4 square
miles (6.2 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles
(1.8 km²) of it (22.73%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 4,637
people, 2,107 households, and 1,310 families residing in the city.
The population density
1,945.6 people per square mile (752.3/km²). There were 2,313
housing units at an average density of 970.5/sq mi
(375.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.57% White
, 1.90% African American
, 0.09% from other races
, and 0.69% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.54%
of the population.
There were 2,107 households out of which 26.3% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples
living together, 14.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families.
34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age
of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to
64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
43 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,022, and the
median income for a family was $33,527. Males had a median income
of $31,657 versus $16,607 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$16,692. About 22.2% of families and 24.2% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 37.9%
of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.
Paranormal enthusiasts flock to Point Pleasant in search of
, a creature said to inhabit an
abandoned TNT plant from World War II. It has become more than an
urban legend, and it is believed to be a harbinger of immenent
disaster, now being seen around the globe before great tragedies.
John A. Keel
published a book in 1975 entitled The Mothman Prophecies
, and a
inspired by the
novel was released in January 2002. There is even a Mothman Museum,
run by Jeffrey Wamsley.