Dec 06, 2014, 02:01 PM

I recently had the opportunity to visit Ohio near a small town right over the silver bridge in West Virginia. This is what I learned.

In November 1966 strange things began to occur in the small town of Point Pleasant West Virginia... Strange lights in the skyes.. mysterious men in black.. and a flying, red eyed creature called Mothman.....

More than 40 years after the first reported sighting of the mysterious creature later dubbed "Mothman,"

Residents here have embraced his legend, helping to turn the town into a tourist destination.

The first sighting was reported on Nov. 15, 1966, by a group of people in an area of the town known as TNT, the site of a former World War II munitions plant.

Others said later that they'd seen a large creature with bright red eyes and wings like a bird.

The sightings ended abruptly on Dec. 15, 1967, the day of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which linked Point Pleasant to Ohio. Forty-six people were killed, and since then people have speculated the sightings were connected.

Point Pleasant held its first Annual Mothman Festival in 2002 and a 12-foot-tall metallic statue of the creature, created by artist and sculptor Bob Roach, it was unveiled in 2003.

The Mothman Museum and Research Center opened in 2005.

The Festival is a weekend-long event held on the 3rd weekend of every September. There are a variety of events that go on during the festival.

To learn more you can visit these websites.