Take one part Ohio, one part Kentucky and three parts West Virginia, and you've got Huntington, the spot on the Ohio River where the three states converge.
Founded in 1871 as the western terminus of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, Huntington remains a river port and railroad center. The coal, glass and chemical industries also contribute to an economy that supports some 300,000 residents from the town and its surrounding areas.
Huntington is also home to Marshall University and its 10,000 students. Marshall's Thundering Herd is a perennial power in NCAA football, and Herd games make for one of the city's premier pastimes. The team won a national championship in 1992.
Nearby lakes, state parks and national forests offer variety in outdoor recreation, including skiing and other winter sports just a few hours to the east. City venues like the Huntington Museum of Art and the Civic Center keep the cultural options coming.