Cabell County


Named for Collis P. Huntington, the town was established in 1870 and incorporated the following year. It replaced Barboursville as the county seat in 1887.

Population 2010 Census: 49,138
Median Age: 35.4 years

Courthouse: Completed 1901; additions 1924 and 1940
Architect: Gunn and Curtis (1901); Robert L. Day (1924); and Frampton and Bowyers (1940)

Home of Marshall University

Hover mouse over a dot on the map for details on Huntington.

Formed: 1809
Named: In honor of William H. Cabell, Governor of VA from 1805 to 1808.
County Seat: Huntington
Land in Square Miles: 281.02
Population 2010 Census: 96,319
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 342.8

Primary Sources Online
Completion of C&O Railroad to Huntington
Raid of Offices of the Socialist and Labor Star
West Virginia Colored Orphans Home
1960 Presidential Campaign in Cabell County
President Lyndon Johnson in Huntington to launch his War on Poverty
Formation of Students for a Democratic Society at Marshall
Marshall Plane Crash
Presidential candidate George McGovern campaign in Huntington
Irene Broh

Photo essay on the Mud River Covered Bridge, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Photo essay on the Cabell County farmers market, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Goat cheese maker Sarah Reed, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Soap collection of Bonnie Akers, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Dinosaur collection of Allen Bias, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Toymaker Richard Sutphin, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Classic car owner David McDonnie, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Yeager's strawberry field in Huntington, 1985   (dialup)    (broadband)
First aid competition, Ona Elementary, 1985   (dialup)    (broadband)
Former tournament archer in Huntington, 1985   (dialup)    (broadband)
Clock repairman Frank Hardin of Culloden, 1985   (dialup)    (broadband)
The tobacco market, 1985   (dialup)    (broadband)
Business at the Arcade in Huntington, 1987   (dialup)    (broadband)
Premiere of Rain Man, 1988   (dialup)    (broadband)
Langley Austin, Ona Speedway owner, 2004   (dialup)    (broadband)
Band at Guyandotte Civil War Days, 2006   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
The Fight at Barboursville, 1861
The Fight at Guyandotte, 1861
Escape of Major K. V. Whaley from the Jenkins Cavalry, 1861
A Good Beginning, 1862
The Rebel Clarkson in Cabell County, 1862
Small Raid, 1863
The Election in Cabell County, 1863
Cabell County, 1863
Convention in Cabell County, 1863
Cabell County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1
Cabell County Union Militia Letters, Folder 4
Cabell County Union Militia Letters, Folder 5

Photographs of Schools in Cabell County
Tom Hash's truck, hauling lumber in Cabell County
Douglass High School (Huntington) students, 1931
Douglass High School (Huntington) students, 1931
Huntington Homestead Grays, 1933
Revella Hughes and the Barnett School Orchestra, Huntington, circa 1933
Douglass High School (Huntington) Orchestra, Revella Hughes, director
Douglass High School (Huntington) basketball champs, 1934
Colonial banquet, 1st Baptist Church, Huntington, 1935
West Virginia State College Club of Huntington, 1935
Douglass High School (Huntington) football banquet, 1948
Douglass High School (Huntington) Camera Club
Woodson family tombstone, Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington
Statue of Carter G. Woodson, located on Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington
Carl E. Barnett, a black schoolteacher and photographer, was also the architect/builder of many residences in Huntington
Greenbottom, the home of Confederate general Albert Gallatin Jenkins

Secondary Sources Online
List of Cabell County Legislators
Barboursville, Agricultural Extention Community History
Cabell Creek, Agricultural Extention Community History
Davis Creek, Agricultural Extention Community History
Ona Creek, Agricultural Extention Community History
Little Seven Mile, Agricultural Extention Community History
Martha, Agricultural Extention Community History
Cabell County Once Rich in Relics of Early Race of Moundbuilders
"The Tragic Fate of Guyandotte," by Joe Geiger Jr. (West Virginia History)
"The Civil War Record of Albert Gallatin Jenkins," by Flora Smith Johnson (West Virginia History)
"Struggle for Recognition: The Marshall University Students for a Democratic Society and the Red Scare in Huntington, 1965-1969," by John Hennen (West Virginia History)
William H. Copley

History of the American Negro Biographies
Arthur Stewart Adams
Andrew Minor Baker
Constantine Clinton Barnett
Isaac Vinton Bryant
Robert Daniel Witty Meadows
Charles Edmond McGhee
Simpson Alexander Smith
Vincent Samuel Smith
Margaret Anastasia (Washington) Thompson
Benjamin Franklin White

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Alison Wright Adkins
Amon Adkins
David Rickey Carson
Robert Gray Clatworthy Jr.
Robert Edward Femoyer
John William Garrett Jr.
John C. Hammat Jr.
Homer Harold Hash
Philip Herschel Hazelett
Dale Henry
Ronald Eugene Hesson
Aubrey Festus Hughes
Earl Norman McClure
Hobart Wilson McComas Jr.
Ronald Keith Neal
Edwin R. Nelson
John Ira Pinkerman
Glen Hubert Sharp
Oral Raymond Sharp
Clarence E. Simms
Michael Dale Thomas
Vernon Watkins
Carl Emmons West
Walter Cline Wetzel
George Lewis Winkler

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