Cabell County Timeline
Cabell County Chronology
- January, 1813 Barboursville was chartered by an Act of the
Virginia General Assembly.
- The James River Turnpike traversed the frontier from Lexington,
Kentucky to Charleston, Virginia. In 1814, the road was extended
to Barboursville in present-day Cabell County.
- Marshall Academy, predecessor of Marshall University, was
- The first engagement during the Civil War in Cabell County was
the Battle of Barboursville on Fortification Hill in 1861.
- The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway completes its line across the
state, from White Sulphur Springs to Huntington.
- Joseph Harvey Long purchases the Huntington Herald.
installed and operated the first stereotype and linotype in
- The Ohio River floods Huntington.
- Telephone exchanges are installed in Huntington and
- Huntington replaces Barboursville as the Cabell County seat.
- The Huntington Advertiser begins publication.
- The Huntington Herald, later the Herald-Dispatch,
- A pavilion is built in Huntington for picnics, square dancing,
family reunions. It eventually became Camden Park.
- March 27 - 30. Huntington and Parkersburg
are flooded by
the Ohio River. Thousands were left homeless.
- Oct. 14. A glass manufacturing plant, later part
Owens-Illinois Company, begins operations in Huntington.
- Main Street, which was once James River-Kanawha Turnpike
and later U.S. Route 60, became the town's first brick street
- May. International Nickel Company plant begins
- Huntington became home to the state's first radio station.
- Huntington's first span across the Ohio River, the Sixth Street
- May 7. The Keith-Albee Theater, one of the largest
in the nation,
opens in Huntington. The Opening program featured a comedy
called "Good Morning, Judge" a newsreel, and five stage acts.
But the theater itself, with its elaborate Interior, clearly was
the star of the evening.
- Morris Harvey College moves from Barboursville to Charleston.
- Jan. 26 - 27. Huntington's worst flood paralyzes
city and leaves 6000 homeless.
- Oct. 24. WSAZ-TV in Huntington begins regular
It is the first television station in the state, operating on
- Nov. 14. A Southern Airways plane carrying almost
Marshall University football team, coaches, and other athletic
department personnel, crashes on a hillside as it approaches
Tri-State Airport in Huntington. All 75 aboard were killed.
- A medical school is established at Marshall University, giving
West Virginia a second major medical training center.
- Dec. The Marshall University Thundering Herd win's
NCAA I-AA National Championship at Marshall Stadium.
- March 12 - 14. A blizzard paralyzes West Virginia,
least a foot of snow in every county. Nine are killed in the state,
In a 24-hour period, there are 28 inches of snow in Beckley,
24 inches in Bluefield, 24 inches in Morgantown, 22 inches in
Huntington, 20 inches in Parkersburg, and 18 in Charleston.
- Nov. 3. Marie Redd, a professor at Marshall
University, is elected
to the state senate from Cabell County. She is the first female
African American to serve in the senate.
- Source: Excerpts from Jeff Miller's "Timeline of WV"