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.
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.
Herald-Dispatch photo archive -
The old 29th Street bridge, connecting U.S. 60 to 8th Avenue, closed Dec. 3, 1996, because its lower end had dropped about 2 inches. The replacement bridge, which opened Aug. 15, 1997, is perpendicular to 8th Avenue. The bridge crosses over the C&O (now CSX) right of way. This photo is likely from 1938 or 1939, as it shows Huntington East High School under construction in the center of the photo (it opened in the 1939-40 school year). "I once saw a circus with tents and sideshows in that field (to the right)," said Richard McCoy. "Most likely, the circus unloaded from the railroad spur going diagonally through the vacant field." About 1955, a Sears was built in the field, according to McCoy. (It was later the location for Big Bear/Harts. Now, St. Mary's Center for Education occupies the building.) On top of the hill to the right is Rotary Park. The factory in the upper left is Special Metals (formerly INCO). Thanks to McCoy, Ken Reffeitt and Rusty Dillon for the information.