Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Guyandotte Rivers, Guyandotte’s first industries were logging and steamboat travel. In 1911, after the Civil War’s Battle of Guyandotte resulted in most of the town being burned, Guyandotte’s residents officially voted to become a part of the newer and larger city of Huntington. Today, Guyandotte is a historic neighborhood with several antebellum homes and landmarks that still stand proudly. Despite floods that ravaged the area in 1907, 1913, and 1937, the community hosts two major industries—Special Metals Corporation, maker of nickel alloys, and Grief Brothers Corporation, a producer of shipping containers. Along with images of the Guyandotte United Methodist Church congregation and the ever-popular Moore’s Hardware, which dates from 1947, Guyandotte shares stories of the people and places that have shaped this historic Huntington neighborhood.
Author Bio: Bob Withers is a retired reporter and copy editor for the Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia, and a Baptist pastor. He has authored or coauthored 15 books and numerous articles in internationally circulated magazines. Most of the images in this book, including an 1823 painting and a few ancient daguerreotypes, came from the attics and scrapbooks of longtime local families (as well as his own), the archives of the Herald-Dispatch, and the Special Collections Department of Marshall University.
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