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November 11, 1924: Laying the Cornerstone for Huntington’s Memorial Arch

Memorial Arch
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The cornerstone for Huntington’s Memorial Arch was laid on November 11, 1924—the sixth anniversary of Armistice Day. The arch was built in honor of Cabell County soldiers who had fought in World War I.

Huntington architect Jerry DeYoung designed it after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The arch was the project of a local association, which also drafted plans for Huntington’s Memorial Park and Memorial Boulevard. The arch cost $40,000 to build. It took nearly 10 years to raise the funds, and much of the labor and materials were donated.

After eight years of off-and-on construction, the Memorial Arch was dedicated on November 11, 1929. It stands 42 feet tall, 34 feet wide, and nine feet thick. The exterior is made of Indiana limestone and features an American eagle, the seal of West Virginia, and a facsimile of a service button of a discharged soldier. For many years, World War I artillery pieces graced the grounds near the arch but have since disappeared.

The Memorial Arch, the only one of its kind in West Virginia, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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