In 1893, a few businessmen purchased some land just west of Huntington, West Virginia, to develop a new community. Eventually, Central City—as it was called—bustled with industry, thriving on the five major factories that became the nucleus of the small city. Because of the booming job market, the community grew: families settled; homes, schools, and churches were built; and a government was established. When Central City was annexed into Huntington in 1909, the old industrial town all but disappeared, losing its own identity and rich history. Luckily, Central City's heritage was saved in the late 1980s, when a reunion for early families was organized and funds were allocated by the City of Huntington for the community's rebirth. Today Old Central City is touted as the Antique Capital of West Virginia and hosts Old Central City Days annually to commemorate the vibrant heritage of this almost-lost West Virginia town.
About the Author:
Lola Roush Miller came to Huntington as a student at Marshall College (now Marshall University). She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in library science and education from Marshall. She met her husband while both were students, and together they raised four children. In June 1982, Lola became a branch manager at the West Huntington Public Library, Central City Branch, where she became a student of Central City history. She retired in 2004 with the goal of writing this book.