In 1972, the Logan County community of Buffalo Creek experienced the most destructive flood in West Virginia history, when a coal waste dam burst and 130 million gallons of water and sludge poured through nearby mining towns. During the Buffalo Creek Flood on Feb. 26, 1972, 125 people lost their lives, 1,100 were injured and 4,000 were left homeless.
On Jan. 27, 1937, the Ohio River crested in the Tri-State in the worst flood in local recorded history. The Flood of 1937 caused the river to reach a depth of 69.45 feet, more than 19 feet above flood stage in Huntington.
I grew up in Wayne County, in a little place, called Miller's Fork.
In the early 1970s, my sister Dorothy Goings and I had our very first job working at The Herald-Dispatch passing newspapers seven days a week in the evening.
I’m writing this in regard to the upcoming 100 year anniversary and the question what has The Herald-Dispatch meant to me.
Being the neighborhood paper boy was one of the best jobs I ever had in the early 1970s.
I am pleased to make a contribution to the editorial memorabilia for the 100th anniversary of The Herald-Dispatch.
HUNTINGTON — Through it all — the good, the bad, the great and the tragic — The Herald-Dispatch has been there. The publication celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009.
When people weren't tending to the farm or working in the new mass production factories, radio, books, art and baseball provided a forum of escape for early 20th century families.
Ernest Thorne remembers when Huntington's Ritter Park was a cow pasture, the Ohio River was shallow enough to wade across and Central City was the place to be.
During the 1920s, the nation and Tri-State underwent a tremendous growth spurt.
The 1930s were a time of great despair in the United States. Between 1929 and 1932, the income for the average American family was reduced by 40 percent.
The 1940s was a decade dominated by World War II, but it was still golden years for some.
During the eventful 10-year period of th 1950s, folks experienced first-hand some of the most written-about events of the 20th century.
The 1960s, a turbulent decade, was filled with events that shook the very foundation of this nation. It started with Camelot, John F. Kennedy and Jackie, moving into the White House, and ended with man's first walk on the moon.
Perhaps no decade in the 20th century got off to a more ominous start in the Tri-State than the 1970s.
The 1980s saw Huntington switching to a strong mayor, Marshall University growing and West Virginia struggling.
Lower unemployment, growth at MU and building of schools marked a turnaround in the 1990s.