50 Interesting & Fun Facts About West Virginia State Story

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Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About West Virginia State Story

There are many interesting and fun facts about West Virginia state to learn, including weird...

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West Virginia Fun Facts

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The first Mother's Day was in West Virginia

In 1907, a Philidelphia woman named Anna Jarvis organized a day to honor her late...

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"Take Me Home, Country Roads" is the state song

John Denver's famous song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is about the artist's time in...

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The golden delicious apple was discovered here

In 1912, a West Virginia resident name Andrew Mullins came across an apple tree he'd...

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West Virginia was the 35th state

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia made history by becoming the 35th state in the...

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The first rural free delivery program began in West Virginia

In 1896, the United States Postal Service began the rural, free delivery program. This program...

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The New River Gorge Bridge is a record breaker

The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in the state...

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New River Gorge National Park is "new"

Of the over 400 national parks in the US, the New River Gorge National Park...

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It's called the "Mountain State"

Anyone who wants to brush up on state facts about West Virginia should learn the...

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West Virginia is a forested state

West Virginia is a highly wooded state. Within its territories, there are 70,000 acres of...

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The state is known for whitewater rafting

Due to the many natural rivers in the state, West Virginia has become popular with...

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A lot of coal is produced here

West Virginia is a close second to Wyoming regarding coal production. On average, over 70,000...

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John Brown fought for human rights

Before the Civil War, John Brown was a leader in the anti-slavery movement. Though he...

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There are a lot of outdoor recreation activities available

West Virginia is full of natural resources that make it a prime place for outdoor...

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The largest cut-stone masonry building is in this state

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic and Asylum was a psychiatric hospital that treated patients between 1864 and...

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The Greenbrier Resort is very exclusive

You can impress your friends with your knowledge of West Virginia facts and information by...

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Interesting Facts About West Virginia

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West Virginia University used to have a different name

Today, West Virginia University is one of the top research institutions in the country. As...

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Charleston is its most important city

As the state's capital, Charleston is the most important and most populated city in West...

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There are multiple state animals

When you remember how much of the state is undeveloped, it's no surprise that there...

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The sugar maple grows here

The West Virginia state tree might surprise you. The sugar maple may be more commonly...

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Charles Town was named after its founder

Many people might assume that Charles Town, West Virginia was named after King Charles II...

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Children chose the state flower

In 1903, the West Virginia state flower was the rhododendron, chosen by both schoolchildren and...

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Mountaineers are celebrated here

One of the most interesting West Virginia history facts is just how celebrated mountaineering is...

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The cardinal is popular

The West Virginia state bird was chosen in 1949. This was the year students, bird...

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The biggest fair is older than the state

Though West Virginia became a state in 1863, the first iterations of the modern-day state...

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There are a lot of state parks

Thirty-five West Virginia state parks are open to visitors. There are also nine protected state...

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West Virginia's highest and lowest points are near each other

The eastern panhandle of West Virginia has one of the most diverse landscapes in the...

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There's even a state tartan

In 2008, one of the most unique West Virginia state symbols was chosen. A state...

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People can visit George Washington's bathtub

George Washington's bathtub is the only monument of its kind. The landmark is meant to...

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Clay County is named after a Kentuckian

One of the interesting historical facts about West Virginia is that part of the state...

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West Virginia fought for the Union in the Civil War

If the American Civil War had never happened, West Virginia might not exist. While Virginia...

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West Virginia History Facts

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The West Virginia capitol is taller than the one in Washington

The current West Virginia State Capitol was constructed between 1924 and 1932. Before this location...

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Wheeling Suspension Bridge used to be the world's longest

In 1849, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was opened to the public after two years of...

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The state was almost named after a Native American tribe

West Virginia is a fairly obvious name for the state. Having once been part of...

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The state's flag is nearly 100 years old

If you find yourself in the area, you'll see the West Virginia state flag without...

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Huntington, West Virginia flooded historically

The 1937 Ohio River flood had devastating results all over the eastern part of the...

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The British settled the territory

A list that includes West Virginia history facts wouldn't be complete without mentioning the state's...

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A bridge in this state collapsed

In December 1967, West Virginia was struck by tragedy. The Silver Bridge, which crossed the...

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People have lived in West Virginia for 14,000 years

People of European descent have only been in West Virginia for a few hundred years...

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A West Virginian made Olympic history

At the 1984 summer Olympics, Mary Lou Retton from West Virginia made history. She was...

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No dinosaur fossils have been found

If you visit, you'll be able to see dinosaur fossils at many of the state's...

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Weird Facts About West Virginia

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There's a house made out of coal

In Williamson, West Virginia, you can find the Coal House. Constructed in 1933, the building...

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It was the first state with a sales tax

In 46 out of the USA's 50 states, you have to pay a sales tax...

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Tourism is a leading industry

One of the most unexpected facts about the state of West Virginia is how important...

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The youngest WWI soldier was from WV

In 1917, the US joined WWI, three years after it began. Though the war ended...

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The first spa opened in Berkeley Springs

Berkeley Springs is famous for having one of the first spas in the country. The...

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Cool Facts About West Virginia

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There are a lot of glass makers in the state

It might surprise you to learn that numerous glass makers reside in West Virginia. Glass-making...

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It's been called "almost Heaven"

While it's not an official state nickname, West Virginia has started to be called "almost...

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West Virginia's borders are natural

West Virginia is bordered by five other states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky. However...

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Weirton touches two borders

Weirton might seem like an unassuming city, but it's one-of-a-kind. Since it's in the narrowest...

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One of the largest diamonds was found here

A strange yet interesting fact about West Virginia has to do with diamonds. It is...

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