I cannot remember the source of my information but believe it was a Public Television documentary, “The Fallen Bridge,” which we have always referred to as the Silver Bridge, was actually named the Hoover Bridge, but took the Silver Bridge name due to its color. Now we have a New Silver Bridge, or is it the New Hoover Bridge?
I crossed the old bridge about 10 minutes before the collapse. My dad, Byron Dudding, a postal employee, was working in the Point Pleasant Post Office when the old bridge fell. Hearing the noise, he rushed to the top floor to look out. He then called the U.S. Coast Guard, who were, as yet, unaware of the disaster.