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On December 15, 1967, the Point Pleasant Bridge (Silver Bridge), a roadway connector between Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed into the Ohio River, killing 46 people, and injuring many more. After the catastrophe, the federal government created a task force to investigate the accident.

 

 

NIST (then called the National Bureau of Standards, or NBS) was asked to join the investigation because of its metallurgy and failure analysis expertise. The NIST Museum has a display of artifacts related to the NBS investigation into this disaster. Items in that display include the piece of the bridge that failed, causing the collapse, and a model of the bridge. This special digital collection includes images of those artifacts, as well as NBS Reports published after the collapse investigation, an excerpt about the collapse from a NIST history volume, and a synopsis of the investigation from a NIST Technical News Bulletin.

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