In a fit of bodily unawareness, I was probably not two miles outside of Gallipolis when I realized I needed to use a restroom. Luckily I immediately found a little rest area with bathroom facilities just north of Kanauga.
Next to the bathrooms was this thing. The thing being an eye-bar from the Silver Bridge, which collapsed on December 15th, 1967, killing 46 people. Instead of using twisted wires for suspension cables the Silver Bridge used a suspension chain. The eye-bars linked segments of the chain together. The cause of the collapse was determined to be a crack, one-tenth of an inch deep, in one of the eye-bars near the top of the tower on the Ohio side. The bridge collapsed about a minute after the link broke. There are a couple of country songs that explain the disaster better than I can.
At least, that's what the engineering report would have you believe. Some locals believe the collapse was from a sonic boom generated by the Mothman, not the dude from The Watchmen, but a twelve-foot high mothman, that had been terrifying people on the West Virginia side for a year before the bridge disaster. There is a statue, museum and festival for the Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which seems like as good a reason as any to return to the Ohio Valley someday, perhaps next September.