ABOUT OLD CENTRAL CITY
Central City, before being settled, was an area where people would assemble for hunting parties and family gatherings along the banks of the Ohio River. Around 1890, a group of investors organized a land company and bought up several farms just west of Huntington, West Virginia. This area and the resulting town were called Central City. Reports indicated it was given this name because it was centrally located between the towns of Catlettsburg, Kentucky and Guyandotte, West Virginia. Almost immediately, Central City became a flourishing manufacturing town from what was originally farmland, to a population of nearly 2,500 in just one year.
Old Central City is rich in history that still touches our modern day lives. An example of this is Heiner's Bakery, started by Charles Heiner and his wife back in 1905. Today, Heiner's Bakery is one of the largest employers in the Tri-State and a leading bakery in the United States, now a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc.. Tours of the facility are available - please contact them for scheduled times. http://www.heinersbakery.com/history
Historic homes also add to the excitement of nostalgia in Old Central City. A walking tour brochure is available in many local shops. It provides background info and map for a casual self guided view of the community. To really learn the history of Old Central City, read Lola Roush Miller's fascinating history of Old Central City that she wrote in 1993. That booklet is still available at the West Huntington Library.
Today, Old Central City is known as the "Antique Capital"
of the Tri-State (Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia). You can enjoy shopping, eating, and experience our rich history at the nearby museums, including the Heritage Farm Museum & Village. It too provides an enjoyable day of community life as it was in yesteryears. Many a concert has taken place here, leaving fond memories of holiday events and other special occasions. Old Central City ... a proud past and a bright future ... preserved and flourishing for your enjoyment. Visit us for an enjoyable time in Old Central City. You'll be glad you did, and will want to come back again, and again.