Submitted by the Memorial Coordinators
The Silver Bridge was one of the greatest additions to the region, joining Gallipolis, Ohio (actually Kanauga, Ohio) and Point Pleasant, W.Va. Construction began in 1927 and was completed in 1928, with the actual opening of the Silver Bridge occurring on May 30th, 1928. The celebration that day was one of the biggest ever to take place in the region. No one, at that point, would have been able to predict the tragedy that would occur 39 years later, on December 15th, 1967, when a corroded eye bar on the suspension bridge broke and the bridge collapsed into the Ohio River.
The tragedy happened during the rush hour, when the bridge was full of cars and trucks. 31 vehicles and 64 people were dropped into the Ohio River’s frigid water, making rescues extremely difficult and actually impossible for 46 victims of this almost indescribable disaster.
In observance of the 50th Anniversary of the collapse, Gallipolis and Point Pleasant will host memorials.
The Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gallia County Chamber of Commerce and Bossard Memorial Library will host a memorial for the 50th Anniversary of the Silver Bridge Collapse on December 15th, 2017 at Bossard Memorial Library, 7 Spruce Street, Gallipolis. Ohio State Representative Ryan Smith is scheduled to speak.
Point Pleasant’s observance will be held at the site of the disaster on 6th Street at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
As a part of the memorial program the group would like to request written accounts of that day to be submitted to the GCCVB to be displayed at the Memorial.
These may be sent to the GCCVB at 441 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, OH 45631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.