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Ritter Park

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1913 and later. South side of 13th Ave. between 9th and 12th sts.
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

This hundred-acre park is the keystone of Huntington's impressive park system. Opened in 1913 on a fifty-acre tract the city purchased in 1908, the park was enlarged by acreage donated by lumber baron C. L. Ritter. Landscape architect Gus Wofford embellished the park during the 1920s and 1930s, and many of his designs were executed under WPA auspices. Tenth Street formerly led directly into the park at 13th Avenue through a semicircular entranceway defined by WPA-era rusticated stone piers, walls, and portals. These remain, but the roadway is now closed.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Ritter Park", [Huntington, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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