HUNTINGTON - Back before corporate chains came to dominate the pharmacy business, it seemed like downtown Huntington had a drug store on virtually every other street corner.
HUNTINGTON - John Beckwith (1909-1998) started in the food business on July 1, 1939, when he invested $500 to open a small open-air produce stand at 2651 5th Ave.
HUNTINGTON — In 1954, what initially was called the Gateway Hotel opened on U.S. 60 East with 18 guest rooms. By 1956, when the vintage postcard shown here was mailed, it had grown to 22 units. In the mid-1960s, the hotel dramatically expanded with construction of a 250-room wing. A conference center was added in the 1980s and the property became known as the Gateway Inn and Conference Center.
Editor's note: This is the 64th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington landmarks.
HUNTINGTON — The January 2015 Fourth Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Huntington Museum of Art will include a tour of the exhibit titled Mary H. Hodges, In Memory of J. Churchill Hodges, Presents, "Collection Wisdom: Emeritus & Honorary Trustees Select."
HUNTINGTON - With the outbreak of World War II, American industry rolled up its sleeves and went to work. Virtually overnight, plants switched from making automobiles and other civilian goods to turning out guns and tanks and airplanes.
HUNTINGTON - In 1871, the year of the city's birth, Bradley W. Foster came to Huntington and built a two-story wooden hardware store on the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and 9th Street. In 1894, he replaced the wooden structure with a three-story brick and stone building. Foster's original retail store ultimately evolved into the Foster-Thornburg Hardware Co., a major wholesale firm.
HUNTINGTON — In 1904, Dr. Archibald Kenton Kessler, who was operating a private hospital at Clarksburg, West Virginia, decided to come to Huntington to build a second institution.
Editor's note: This is the 59th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington landmarks.
Long before Walmart ventured into West Virginia, the state had its own homegrown chain of discount department stores.