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20 Interesting Facts About West Virginia

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Here are some interesting facts about West Virginia.

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West Virginia is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of the United States. Report Abuse
This phrase refers to West Virginia's mountains.
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West Virginia was admitted to the Union by presidential proclamation. Report Abuse
President Abraham Lincoln was the president at the time. West Virginia was originally part of Virginia and is the only state to become part of the Union by separating from a Confederate state.
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Before any other city had brick streets, West Virginia had them. Report Abuse
The year was 1870 and the street was Summers Street in Charleston, West Virginia.
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The longest steel arch bridge in the world is located in West Virginia. Report Abuse
The New River Gorge Bridge is 1,700 feet.
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West Virginia has the world's largest sycamore tree. Report Abuse
It is located on the Back Fork of the Elk River in Webster Springs.
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John Brown's bad decision to raid the federal armory happened in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Report Abuse
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West Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I. Report Abuse
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Stone for the Washington Monument came from West Virginia. Report Abuse
The town of Hinton to be exact!
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West Virginia is home to the world's first electric railroad. Report Abuse
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15 percent of the nation's coal comes from West Virginia. Report Abuse
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The Greenbier Resort at White Sulphur Springs has underground bunkers that are designed to house the United States Congress in the event of nuclear war. Report Abuse
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West Virginia was one of the first states to have sales tax. Report Abuse
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West Virginia is well-known for its fine glass manufacturing. Report Abuse
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Before Europeans arrived, West Virginia was home to the Cherokee, Delaware and Shawnee Indian tribes. Report Abuse
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The original capital of West Virginia was Wheeling. Report Abuse
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West Virginia is the 35th state. Report Abuse
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Seventy-five percent of West Virginia is covered by forests. Report Abuse
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West Virginia's nickname is the Mountain State. Report Abuse
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West Virginia is home to the first 4-H Camp in the United States. Report Abuse
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West Virginia was the first state to observer Mothers's Day. Report Abuse
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