Huntington is West Virginia's second largest city. It was founded in 1871 by Collis P. Huntington, president of the Cheasapeake and Ohio Railroad. It lies on the Ohio River in the southwestern corner of West Virginia in a semicircular valley between low hills and the Ohio River. Eleven miles of floodwalls protect the city from high water.
Huntington is an industrial center manufacturing products such as steel, railroad cars, chemicals, glass, and clothing. It serves as a shipping hub for the millions of tons of bituminous coal mined to the south and southeast. It is also a regional health care center, the home of Marshall University, and the seat of Cabell County.