When we celebrate we think of cake . When Cable Huntington Hospital wanted to raise funds for the Hoop’s Children’s Hospital they came up with a cleaver plan to raise money while celebrating their community of Huntington, West Virginia as well as its area artist.
Huntington, WV was founded in 1871 and was the terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, and named for the railroads founder Collis Potter Huntington. The approximately 40 to 45 trains that were auctioned off last year to raise funds are scattered throughout town to celebrate this heritage.
For nearly a year, these trains have been displayed on Huntington streets, and it depends upon their owners how long they might be there .
The Souped Up Train by artists Tony Wheeler and Dan Kramerick features a bronze train being driven by a monkey, and was sponsored by Paris signs and currently sits outside the Marshall Cafe.
Walking around Pullman Square you find a number of trains, including:
The Rockabilly Express by artist Amber Marie was sponsored by Frostop Drive-in, and features a Drive Inn on its side.
The Space Shuttle Huntington by artist Deacon Stone is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, and features a train headed out to space.
Mountain State by artist Charlie Barager is sponsored by Dixon Hughes, with a West Virginia landscape.
Spectrum by artist Seth Cyfers is sponsored by Doug Reynolds.
So if you find yourself near Huntington, West Virginia, pull into town. Have lunch at the Marshall Cafe, or at one of the many restaurants of Pullman Square. Parking is plentiful and cheep, and you will have an enjoyable visit.