History

2002 - Ground-breaking for Pullman Square. read more...

2001 - Ground-breaking for Kinetic Park project.

1984 - Harris Riverfront Park is dedicated in hopes of helping area residents get reacquainted with the Ohio River.

1979 - Gannett Corp. merges the Afternoon Advertiser with the Herald-Dispatch.

1971 - Gannett Corp. buys the Herald-Dispatch .

1961 - Marshall College is officially designated a university and renamed Marshall University.

1960 - On May 6th, John F. Kennedy campaigns (by train) in Huntington and visits Jim's Spaghetti House (a local eating landmark).

1956 - Cabell-Huntington Hospital is opened.

1955 - The second TV station, WHTN - TV (now WOWK), is established.

1949 - The first TV station, WSAZ , is established.

1937 - In the midst of the Great Depression, Huntington is again flooded. It is called the "Great Flood of 1937" and spurred the construction of the current flood wall.

1928 - On May 8th, the Keith-Albee Theater opens.

1924 - St. Mary's Hospital opened

1913 - On September 11th, Ritter Park is officially opened.
- City of Huntington is flooded by the Ohio River again.

1911 - Guyandotte becomes part of Huntington.

1909 - C. L. Ritter donates more land for the above park and the park is named after him.
- The Herald and The Dispatch merge.
- Central City becomes part of Huntington.

1908 - A city park is established along Four
Pole Creek. read more...

1904 - The Huntington Dispatch is started.

1902 - The Cabell County Public Library is opened, and was funded by Andrew Carnegie.

1901 - First long distance telephone service available.

1893 - Central City is incorporated. read more...

1891 - Huntington gets telephone service. read more...
- Central City (just west of Huntington) laid out and settled.

1890 - The Huntington Herald is started by G.A. Northcott and five other men.

1889 - The Advertiser is now published daily.
- First Huntington Independent School Board elected to manage the Huntington Independent School District. read more...

1887 - The first daily newspaper, The Evening Times , is established.
- Cabell County seat moved to Huntington.

1886 - First electric street lights.

1884 - Huntington experiences it's first serious flood.

1875 - The Independent merges with The Cabell Press (Guyandotte paper) and is called The Weekly Advertiser .

1873 - The first locomotive comes through the area. read more...

1872 - Another paper, The Commercial , is established.

1871 - On Feb. 27th, the West Virginia Legislature approved an act incorporating the City of Huntington.
- On Dec. 31st, Peter Cline Buffington (grandson of Thomas Buffington) is elected as the first mayor. read more...
- The first flatbed press comes to Huntington.
- A weekly paper, The Independent, is published.

1870-71 - City plan for Huntington laid out. read more...

1869 - Collis P. Huntington buys the ailing C&O Railroad for $850,000 and surveys Holderby's Landing and the area just west of Guyandotte as the base for the C&O Railroad. read more...

1867 - State of West Virginia takes over operation of Marshall College.

1861 - In June, a landmark battle of the Civil War takes place in Guyandotte. This battle helps to spawn the new state of West Virginia. read more...

1858 - Virginia General Assembly makes Marshall Academy a college and changes the name to Marshall College.

1842 - Charles Dickens visits the United States and cruises down the Ohio River past the future site of Huntington, WV. read more...

1840's - Steamboats replace keel boats on the Ohio River.

1838 - Marshall Academy is incorporated as an academy.

1837 - Marshall Academy founded by John Laidley in honor of his friend, US Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall.

1821 - James Holderby (1782-1855) purchased a farm between what is now 14th and 17th Streets on the eastern edge of Huntington.
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1810 - The Virginia General Assembly granted an official charter to Guyandotte.

1809 - Cabell County is created. read more...

1806 - First official settlement of Guyandotte; a small trading post was opened.

1775 - Guyandotte christened by surveyors. read more...

Thanks to --

Baumgartner, Rick. First Families of Huntington. Privately printed, 1977. This paperbound volume bring together an eighteen-part newspaper feature series published in The Advertiser from October 18, 1976, through March 24, 1977. Not a "genealogical tracing of individual families," the series is simply intended, as Baumgartner explains in a brief preface, "to bring to life a sampling" of those who were important to the city's founding and early growth.

Cartwright Nance, Karen N. for her contributions to the City of Huntington historical pages.

Casto, James E. Huntington, An Illustrated History. 1985, Windsor Publication, Inc.

Guyandotte Civil War Days, Fifth Annual Commemoriative Program, The 133rd Anniversary of the Raid on Guyandotte, VA. Sponsor: Guyandotte Civil War Days & Raid on Guyandotte, Inc. (with many co-sponsors)

Miller, Doris C. A Centennial History of Huntington, W.Va., 1871--1971. Huntington: The Huntington Centennial Commission, 1971. A brief highly readable account of the city's first 100 years.

Wallace, George Selden. Huntington Through Seventy-five Years. Privately printed, 1947. Especially useful for its histories of major Huntington businesses and industries.

 

 


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