Introduction to Huntington, West Virginia
Huntington is located along the Ohio River in Cabell County across from the state of Ohio. The city has an active inland port, primarily due to the vast amount of coal and petroleum products that are transported out of the area. Huntington serves as a link between the products delivered by trains and the Ohio River/Mississippi watershed. Huntington's economy is significantly bolstered by the service sector including medical services as well as Marshall University's research activities.
The city was formerly known as Holderby's Landing. The town took its name in tribute to Collis P. Huntington who established the town in 1870. It served as the western terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and contained a significant railroad maintenance facility. The region was earlier part of the French and Indian War Veteran's Savage Grant. Huntington was a major center for passenger train service during the early portion of the 20th Century. During the 1950's its population experienced significant growth, primarily due to the thriving coal and chemical industries.
The city is served by the Tri-State Airport. The East End Bridge, West Huntington Bridge, Robert C. Byrd Bridge and the Chesapeake Bridge cross the Ohio River.
- The Huntington Museum of Art showcases Appalachian folk art and other varieties.
- The Museum of Radio and Technology.
- The historic Cabell County Courthouse.
- Old Main, located at the Marshall University campus is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Keith Albee, formerly a Vaudeville palace is a superb architectural structure.
- Adena Native American burial mound.
- Harris Riverfront Park.
- Ritter Park.
- Benjy's Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum.
- Heritage Farm Museum & Village.
- The historic Carnegie Library.
- West Huntington is known for antique shops.
- The riverfront area provides excellent views of the Ohio River.
- Pullman Square is a major center for shops and restaurants.
Events and Fairs
- Greek Fest celebrates Greek traditions and history and features a variety of Greek food.
- The Chili Fest is a noteworthy event that includes contestants for all over West Virginia and other states.
- Guyandotte Civil War Days is a popular event featuring a wide variety of activities and entertainment.
- Hilltop Festival.
- X-Fest features rock and alternative types of music.
- Huntington Dogwood Arts and Craft Festival.
- Old Central Days.
Huntington is home to Marshall University, Robert C. Byrd Institute and Huntington Junior College.