Casto to Sign Books at Heritage Village

Edited from a Press Release
Casto to Sign Books at Heritage Village

Local historian James E. Casto will be signing copies of his newest book, Highway to History: A Midland Trail Scrapbook. Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Visitors Center at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington. Light refreshments will be served by the River & Rail Bakery.

The 112-page softback volume is a colorful word-and-picture look at the historic highway which stretches across West Virginia from White Sulphur Springs to Kenova.

 “In the country’s earliest years, the roadway – then little more than a dirt path – carried the tide of settlement westward,” Casto said. “During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate troops marched along it. In the years before World War I, it became a link in a great transcontinental road. When numbered highways were introduced, it was designated U.S. 60. Today, there’s history waiting around every bend of its 180 miles.” 

“Most of today’s motorists,” he noted, “prefer to stick to the easier, far quicker driving offered by Interstate 64. But those travelers who are willing to take their time and instead drive the two-lane blacktop of the Midland Trail can get a glimpse into history that’s denied those who hurry along the super-highway.” 

Surely the best way to learn about the Midland Trail is to jump in the family car and set off on a personal exploration. The next best thing, Casto said, is to take the armchair tour offered in Highway to History, with its 200-plus illustrations – including many vintage postcards and historic photographs – accompanied by an informative narrative.

 The author of a number of books on local and regional history, Casto was a reporter and editor at The Herald-Dispatch for more than 40 years before he retired.

              Highway to History is priced at $17.95. Casto also will have available a limited number of his earlier books.


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