DescriptionHuntington lies in a semicircle between low hills and the Ohio River. Eleven miles of floodwalls protect the city. Founded in 1871 by Collis P. Huntington, who was then president of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, the city has become a busy industrial center and trans-shipping point. Among the products manufactured in the area are chemicals, clothing, glass and steel.
The city's Big Sandy Superstore Arena, One Civic Center Plaza, draws convention business to Huntington and plays host to entertainment events; phone (304) 696-5990. Marshall University offers guided campus tours through its Recruitment and Welcome Center; phone (304) 696-3646 or (877) 464-3731. In partnership with Marshall University Department of Dietetics, Huntington's Kitchen offers lectures and cooking classes at 911 Third Ave.; phone (304) 522-0887. The community kitchen was started by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver during the first season of “Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.”
The rose garden in Ritter Park, on McCoy Road between 8th and 12th streets, displays four species and 87 varieties of roses. Virginia Point Park, at the mouth of the Big Sandy River, has a boat-launching ramp and a camping area. The Ohio River also offers recreational opportunities. Public launching ramps and a marina provide boaters access to the river.
Camden Park, an amusement park just west of the city on US 60, offers more than 30 rides, including two wooden roller coasters and a 1907 carousel, as well as shows by nationally known recording artists; phone (304) 429-4321 or (866) 822-6336.
Visitor InfoCabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau 210 11th St. Suite 15 HUNTINGTON, WV 25701. Phone:(304)525-7333 or (800)635-6329
ShoppingHuntington Mall, off I-64 exit 20B, counts JCPenney, Macy's and Sears among its stores. Heritage Station, a restored railway yard at 11th Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard, offers shops and restaurants housed in old warehouses and boxcars and a farmer's market in summer months. An array of antique stores and restaurants occupy downtown's Old Central City on West 14th Street.
Things to SeeHeritage Farm Museum and Village