Huntington in Cabell County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Erected 2012 by West Virginia Department of Archives & History.
Location. 38° 25.144′ N, 82° 26.759′ W. Marker is in Huntington, West Virginia, in Cabell County. Marker is on 5th Avenue (U.S. 60) east of 7th Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntington WV 25701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Virginia State Road (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cabell County Cavalcade (within shouting distance of this marker); James River Company (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huntington Mine Rescue Car (approx. ¼ mile away); Elk River Coal & Lumber Company #10 Steam Locomotive (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blues & Gospel Singer (approx. 0.4 miles away); B&O Railroad Depot / Heritage Village (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntington.
1. An important passenger train facility
By 1925 Huntington was a major stop for Chesapeake and Ohio long distance trains from New York, Washington, Newport News and Richmond to Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago and St. Louis. Because of the terrain, they were not the fastest trains from, say, Washington to Chicago, but they held their own because they were well-known for their service and comfort. Using December 1925 timetables here are the trains that stopped at Huntington, West Virginia
Westbound train No. 1, The West Virginian, left the seaport of Newport News Virginia at 5 PM and also left Washington at 2 PM, combining into one train in Charlottesville Virginia at 5:15 PM. It reached Huntington at 8:05 AM the next day and continued to Cincinnati Ohio, arriving there at 11:30 AM.
Eastbound train No. 2, The F. F. V. (for Fast Flying Virginian) left Cincinnati at noon, reaching Huntington at 4:35 PM. The train split in Charlottesville with one section continuing on to Richmond and Newport News, arriving at Newport News at 11:33 AM the next day; and the other section arriving in Washington at 7:40 AM. Distance from Cincinnati to Washington on C&O tracks in 1925 was 665 miles, and this train took 23 hours to travel that distance, including station stops and engine changes. The math works out that The F.
Today’s Amtrak train No. 90, the Cardinal, makes the Cincinnati to Washington run on mostly the same route as the C&O Trains in about 15¼ hours, averaging 40 miles an hour. The Cardinal track length is now 603 miles due to new more direct trackage and diesel engines that don’t need to be watered and changed out.
There is only one Amtrak train in each direction on former C&O tracks today, but the C&O had more, in order to provide multiple arrivals and departures throughout the day. Westbound train No. 3, also called The F. F. V., has cars that originated in New York at 5:45 PM bound for Louisville Kentucky and Cincinnati and cars that left Richmond at 11:15 PM bound for Louisville. The two sections combined in Charlottesville at 2:20 AM stopping in Huntington at 1:15 PM where the Louisville cars were transferred another train, arriving there at 8:25 PM. The F. F. V. continued on to Cincinnati, arriving at 5 PM.
Train No. 4, the Old Dominion Limited, Originated in Cincinnati, leaving at 9 PM. It carried passenger cars from Chicago to Newport News that had started their trips at 1 PM that day. Meanwhile sleeping cars from Louisville set out for Huntington
Train No. 5 was called the Mid-West Limited originating as two separate trains in Washington and Newport News at 2 PM and 10 AM, combining into one train in Charlottesville at 5:15 PM and stopping at Huntington at 4 AM, where the New York to Louisville sleeping car would be carefully separated from the train to avoid waking up its passengers and sent on its way to Louisville, arriving there at 11:15 AM. Train No. 5 itself would arrive in Cincinnati at 9 AM, where cars to Chicago and St. Louis would continue on separate trains, arriving in those cities at 5 and 6 PM respectively.
The final named train passing through Huntington was C&O train No. 6, the Resort Special, that ran westbound arriving Huntington 35 minutes after noon. It had originated in Cincinnati at 7:50 that morning and had sleeping cars bound for Washington and New York. An additional sleeping car was
In addition to these six named trains, six local trains ran to or through Huntington. The station was busy at all hours of the day with trains arriving and departing at 3:00, 4:00, 5:15, 6:20, 7:30 and 8:05 AM and 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:25 5:45 and 6:00 PM. Some of these local trains that ran at night also carried sleeping cars. In 1925 timetables showed Pullman sleeping cars between Cincinnati and Charleston West Virginia, between Charleston and Pittsburg via Wheeling, and between Richmond and Louisville. C&O also carried sleeping cars between other points on their lines that did not include Huntington, such as between Charleston and Bluefield on the WV/VA border, between Chicago and Muncie Indiana,
Huntington was a significant passenger train facility during the heyday of train travel in the 20th century. There were many hotels convenient to the C&O station for those passengers with business or pleasure in Huntington and for those who wanted to break their journey.
— Submitted November 8, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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