Huntington rests by a picturesque stretch of the Ohio River, at the spot where West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio meet. Known as “the Jewel City” and “the River City”, Huntington occupies both Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia.
Huntington is Cabell’s county seat. With a population of more than 49,129, it is the second-largest city in West Virginia. Huntington is 18 square-miles with an elevation of 821 feet. The town is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Huntington has hot humid summers and cool winters reflecting its humid subtropical climate.
Huntington is home to a variety of festivals and family amusements. The last Saturday of July, Huntington holds its Hotdog Festival in scenic Pullman Square. Attendees can sample the wares of 10 of the top hot dog businesses in Huntington. Another food fair is Huntington’s Rib & Music Fest, promising four days of “world-class ribs,” live entertainment and family fun.
In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control reported that based on 2006 survey data, Huntington was statistically among the unhealthiest cities in the U.S. Also in 2008, an MSNBC report rated Huntington as “the unhealthiest city” in America. Their study was based on data regarding obesity rates, toothlessness and levels and availability of health care. In 2008, the number of pizza parlors in Huntington exceeded the number of health clubs in the entire state of West Virginia.
Huntington is also known for its social experiment with television chef Jamie Oliver and his award-winning ABC reality show, "Food Revolution," in which he tried to persuade citizens that a healthy diet could taste good. Tours of the now-famous Huntington Kitchen are available, along with healthy-cooking classes and nutritional education.
Take a step back in time with Huntington’s Tristate trolleys. These vintage streetcars are available for charter. Equally nostalgic is the Museum of Radio & Technology, “one of the largest antique-radio museums in the country.” Heritage Station, once Huntington’s B&O Railway station, now houses a locomotive and a restored Pullman car, and features unusual boutiques. Heritage Farm Museum and Village offers guided tours through the museums of Progress, Transportation, Industry, and Appalachian Heritage. A children’s petting zoo and activity museum are included.
This “turn-of-the-century railroad kingdom” was named after its founder, railroad baron Collis P. Huntington. Known as “the great persuader,” Huntington was a skillful salesman who convinced the U.S. Congress to assign central California as the West Coast end of his envisioned transcontinental railroad (built from (1863-1869). A sculpture of Huntington’s founding father is located at the CSX Railroad Station. The statue of Huntington was made by Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum.
The New River Train features a 300-mile round trip from Huntington to Hinton, W.Va. The all-day trip meanders through the picturesque New River Gorge. The train stops in the center of the New River National Park in Thurman,W.Va. The stop includes a tour of a refurbished railroad station. Premium and private-car accommodations are available. Cruises down the Ohio River are also available on the stern-wheeler The Mark Twain. Sightseeing cruises and dinner cruises are available, and generally last a few hours.
For outdoor fun, the Ritter Park Public Recreation Center offers a hiking and biking path, tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater, terraced garden of roses, and a peaceful reflecting pond. West Virginia’s nationally celebrated municipal rose garden is home to more than 1,000 plants and is renowned for its All-American Rose Selections. It is an accredited test garden and a romantic spot for weddings.
Established in 1903, Camden Park is a traditional amusement park with about 30 rides and attractions. Catered picnics for groups of 50 to
5,000 are their specialty, they say. Ritter Park Playground has been honored by Child magazine as "one of the 10 best play spaces in the U.S." The award-winning playground has b