Ohio Valley Electric

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
March 18, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 346

the city street car lines in Huntington and interurban con-
nections with the surrounding territory. The total mileage
operated by the company is forty-six miles.

Very excellent street car service is provided on the lines,
which extend from the heart of the city over the principal
thoroughfares to all out-lying points, and the cars operated
are of a commodious, modern type, being all steel in con-
struction. Much of the system is double tracked. A
schedule of frequent headway of ears is maintained so as to
convenience the needs of the traveling public on the various

This company also operates an interurban system which
extends west along the Ohio River through the cities of
Ceredo and Kenova, West Virginia, and Catlettsburg and
Ashland, Kentucky, a distance of sixteen miles. Through
this populous territory is maintained a service which has a
headway of fifteen minutes between cars.

The Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company operates also
an electric line from Coal Grove, Ohio, through Ironton to
Hanging Rock, Ohio, and connection is made with this Ohio
line by ferry at Ashland, Kentucky.

Electric current is purchased by the Ohio Valley Electric
Railway Company from the Consolidated Light, Heat and
Power Company, which furnishes electric light and power
in Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia. The Con-
solidated Light, Heat and Power Company also sells at
wholesale electric current to the Boyd County Electric Com-
pany, which serves Catlettsburg and Ashland, Kentucky,
and the Ironton Electric Company, which serves Ironton,
Ohio. The central power station of the Consolidated Light,
Heat and Power Company is in Kenova, West Virginia.

In the very rapid industrial growth in all of this terri-
tory these lighting companies have been a most potent fac-
tor, as the rates for current are very equitable to every class
of service. Practically all industrial plants in this terri-
tory use electric current for power, and the availability of
ample electric current at reasonable rates has been instru-
mental in the low cost production of manufacturing plants
in this territory as compared with other sections.