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By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2018
First Cabell County Court House Marker
West Virginia, Huntington — First Cabell County Court House
This tablet marks the square where the First Cabell County Court House was erected in 1809. Dedicated in loving memory to my father and mother Mr. & Mrs. James Lewis Caldwell by Ouida Caldwell Watts, Ex-Regent Buford Chapter D.A.R., September 17, . . . — Map (db m125942) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — B&O Railroad Depot / Heritage Village
B&O Railroad Depot. Passenger station completed 1887, freighthouses 1890 with additions 1898, 1911 & 1916. B&O, oldest U.S. line, acquired in 1901. Superior location in business district gave B&O edge over C&O in city. Heritage Village. . . . — Map (db m73740) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Battle of GuyandotteFederal Retaliation
After capturing Guyandotte on November 10, 1861, and rounding up civilian Unionists and Federal recruits, Confederate forces under Col. John Clarkson and Col. Albert G. Jenkins began the next day to leave the town with their prisoners. At the same . . . — Map (db m73715) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Battle of Guyandotte"Massacre of the 9th Infantry"
When the Civil War began, few of Guyandotte’s residents were slaveholders, buy many townspeople resented any infringement on their right as Virginians to own slaves. Guyandotte was reportedly the only town on the Ohio River that voted in favor of . . . — Map (db m73717) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Blues & Gospel Singer"Diamond Teeth" Mary McClain — August 28, 1902--April 4, 2000
Born and raised in Huntington, WV, Mary hopped a train and left town at age 13 to become a singer and dancer. She spent the 1920’s and 30’s performing in medicine and minstrel shows. During the 1940’s, Mary had diamonds removed from a bracelet and . . . — Map (db m73736) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Cabell County Cavalcade1809-1959
This Tablet Erected to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Cabell County Formed from Kanawha County in 1809. Included Wayne, Mingo and parts of Logan, Boone, Putnam and Lincoln. Named in honor of Governor William H. Cabell of . . . — Map (db m126799) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Carter Godwin Woodson
Historian, author, educator. Founder of the Assoc. for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1915. Began Journal of Negro History, 1916. In 1926 began Negro History Week, later Black History Month. A graduate and later principal, Douglass H.S., . . . — Map (db m73733) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Chesapeake & Ohio 1308
The 1308,built in 1949, was one of the last working steam locomotives built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for a Class 1 railroad in the USA. It primarily hauled coal from Logan Co. Retired from C&O Railway service in 1956. Moved in September 1962 to . . . — Map (db m60349) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Elk River Coal & Lumber Company #10 Steam Locomotive
Built by American Locomotive Company in 1924, the #10 was used to haul mine waste from Rich Run Mine in Widen, WV. Retired from Elk River Coal and Lumber in 1959 and moved to its present location on May 27, 1977. Placed on National Register of . . . — Map (db m62334) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Guyandotte
Indian name. Founded in 1810. Site chosen as county seat, 1809, and court first met here, October, 1810. Important point in river traffic, connecting with the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. Burned during the War between the States. — Map (db m73705) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Huntington
Originally called Holderby’s Landing. Laid out as a town, 1869, by Collis P. Huntington of the C&O Railroad, and named for him when incorporated in 1871. Western end of C&O when the first trains came from Richmond in 1873. — Map (db m126030) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Huntington Mine Rescue Car
One of the original 7 US Bureau of Mines train cars was headquartered near C&O tracks, 1911–1933. The wooden car, with crew & supplies, traveled the WV region to give mine safety & rescue training and to aid in mine disaster . . . — Map (db m126017) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — James River Company
George Washington was made president in 1785 of the James River Company. His plan of communication to the West eventually resulted in the construction of the Midland Trail, U.S. 60, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. — Map (db m126041) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — John S. Witcher
Born 1839 in Cabell County, Witcher was clerk of the court, and in 1862 he began distinguished service with the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry and was appointed brevet brigadier general by end of war. Served as state delegate, secretary of . . . — Map (db m125938) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Lavinia Norman, FounderAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Born on December 14, 1882, in Montgomery, WV. Lavinia Norman later attended Howard University in Washington, DC. In 1908, with eight other students, she founded Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest Greek-lettered organization for African American . . . — Map (db m125986) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Madie Carroll HouseSaved from Destruction
During the Civil War, this was the home of Mary Carroll, who narrowly managed to save it from destruction when much of Guyandotte was burned on November 11, 1861. After capturing the town on November 10, 1861, and rounding up civilian Unionists . . . — Map (db m73708) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall Memorial
In lasting remembrance of the members of the Marshall University Football team, the coaches, staff, and devoted fans who died in the plane crash November 14, 1970. — Map (db m73731) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall Memorial Boulevard
On November 14, 1970, a chartered jet crashed on approach to Tri-State Airport near Huntington, claiming the lives of seventy-five members of the Marshall University football team, coaches, fans, pilots & crew. This boulevard, named in honor of . . . — Map (db m73729) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Marshall University
Named for John Marshall, Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court, 1801–1835. Founded as Marshall Academy, 1837, and chartered as Marshall College, 1858. Established as a state-supported institution, 1867. Granted university status, 1961. — Map (db m125985) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — One Room School Museum
Union School, nicknamed "Punkin Center School," was located on Guyan Creek Road near Glenwood, Cabell County. Served grades 1 thru 8 from 1899 to 1955. Schoolhouse donated by Mrs. Bill (Tina) Bryan; relocation and renovation funded by Phil Cline. On . . . — Map (db m23026) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Raid on Guyandotte / Burning of Guyandotte
On the night of November 10, 1861, Confederate cavalry led by Colonels John Clarkson and Albert Jenkins raided the town of Guyandotte and surprised Union recruits of the 9th WV Infantry. Following a heated battle, Confederate soldiers . . . — Map (db m125979) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — The Virginia State Road1787-1939
Authorized by an act of 1786 was extended in December 1787 from Richmond Va. past this point to the mouth of the Big Sandy River entering the city over Norway Avenue. By 1832 this road became the James River and Kanawha Turnpike opening west to . . . — Map (db m73741) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — War Between the States Generals / Spring Hill Cemetery
War Between the States Generals Two of seven War Between the States generals buried in W. Va. interred here: Albert Gallatin Jenkins, C.S.A., in Confederate plot; John Hunt Oley, Union, and over 200 soldiers. Confederate Monument dedicated in . . . — Map (db m73730) HM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — Welcome to West Virginia
Airborne Dedicated to the Paratroopers and Glidermen who have served our country in war and peace. This memorial donated by members of the 82nd all Airborne and Special Forces chapters of WV — Map (db m74417) HM WM
West Virginia (Cabell County), Huntington — West Virginia Colored Children's Home
Rev. Charles McGee chartered WV Normal Industrial School for Colored Orphans, 1899. Opened, Central City, 1900, moved to 190-acre farm near Huntington & Guyandotte R. Served African-American orphans and indigent. Bought, 1911, operated until 1956 . . . — Map (db m73742) HM
West Virginia (Wayne County), Huntington — Marshall Plane Crash Site
On Nov 14, 1970, 75 people died in the worst sports related air tragedy in U.S. history, when a Southern Airways DC-9 crashed into the hillside nearby. The victims included 36 Marshall University football players, 9 coaches and administrators, 25 . . . — Map (db m73743) HM

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