Huntington, West Virginia, the seat of Cabell County; a small portion of the city is also in Wayne County. Huntington is on the Ohio River, 45 miles (72 km) west of Charleston, and is an important shipping point for coal from West Virginia mines. Huntington has factories that make metal alloys, chemicals, glass, and clothing. Marshall University is here. Huntington has the council-manager form of government.
Huntington was founded as a railway terminal in 1869 by Collis P. Huntington, then head of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. The city suffered several disastrous floods before a flood wall was built along the riverfront in the 1930's.