We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.
We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.
These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives with the year 1961 written on the outside.
Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.
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Workers demolish the Huntington Memorial Hospital at 6th Avenue and 1st Street (where Food Fair is now) on Feb. 5, 1961. With Huntington's current status as a regional center for medical care, it's hard to imagine that the first hospital hereabouts didn't open until 21 years after the city was founded, and in an old schoolhouse at that. But it wasn't long until hospitals began popping up everywhere. One of them was the Kessler Hospital and Sanitarium, which was founded by Dr. A.K. Kessler and housed in a fine stone structure at 4th Avenue and 5th Street. The property was turned over to Mount Hope Hospital when Kessler moved to this facility at 6th Avenue and 1st Street. After Dr. Henry D. Hattfield, a former West Virginia governor, joined the staff in 1917, it became Kessler-Hatfield Hospital. Later, the business was known as Memorial Hospital, which closed Aug. 13, 1958. It was razed in February 1961 to make room for a shopping center.