Huntington, West Virginia’s advantage in the period after its founding into the twentieth century was its transportation and shipping facilities. With 35 miles of Cabell County bordered by the Ohio River, it was a center for river traffic. Four railroads passed through the city: the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O), the Norfolk & Western (N&W), the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O), and the Camden Interstate Electric Railway. Surface travel in the city’s early days was by horseback and horse-drawn vehicles. With the advent of motor-driven vehicles, surface traffic increased. With the opening of the Tri-State Airport, air transportation was added. This exhibit is only a sampling of the images in these various transportation categories housed in Marshall University’s Special Collection Department.

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Airplanes and Airports

Historic Tri-State Area Maps

Horses and Horse Drawn Vehicles

Motor-Driven Vehicles(autos, trucks, fire engines, motorcycles)

Railroads and Railroad Stations

River (ferryboats, steamboats, tugboats, wharf buildings)

Streetcars and Street Railways