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Photo courtesy James E. Casto In the late 1920s, B&G Lines offered bus service between Huntington and a number of communities in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

Editor’s Note: This is the 335th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.

HUNTINGTON — The history of the Greyhound buses that now travel West Virginia begins with the Midland Trail Transit Co., established by Arthur Hill of Charleston in 1924 after he purchased two other small bus lines, the White Transportation Co. and the Huntington-Charleston Motor Bus Co.

Hill’s new company ran buses between Huntington and Charleston along the Midland Trail, later designated U.S. Route 60.

In 1927, Hill incorporated the Blue and Gray Transit Co. to buy his own Midland Trail firm and at least three other highway carriers, thus increasing his route network, expanding it into Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In the late 1920s, B&G Lines, as it was known, offered bus service from Huntington to Wayne, Fort Gay, Logan, Charleston, Rainelle, Montgomery, Beckley, Princeton and Bluefield in West Virginia; to Ironton, Portsmouth, Chillicothe and Columbus in Ohio; and to Catlettsburg, Ashland, Louisa and Prestonsburg in Kentucky.

In 1929, B&G Lines joined with the Camel City Coach Co. of Winston Salem, N.C., to form the National Highway Transport Co., based in Charleston, W.Va. In 1932, NHC was renamed Atlantic Greyhound.

Huntington’s first bus terminal was on 9th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues. Next, the terminal moved to the Hines Building in the 900 block of 5th Avenue. Later, the old Lyric Theater in the 800 block of 4th Avenue was remodeled as a terminal. Still later both Greyhound and its rival, Continental Trailways, operated out of Huntington’s old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad passenger station, which today is home to the Huntington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In 1953, when Greyhound built a new terminal at 4th Avenue and 13th Street, Trailways moved to a former garage just one block away, at 4th Avenue and 12th Street. Trailways shut its doors there in 1974. Trailways next briefly used the Greyhound terminal before discontinuing its Huntington service. In 1994, the Tri-State Transit Authority purchased the Greyhound terminal. Today, you can catch a TTA bus or a Greyhound there.

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