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West Virginia was named for England's 'Virgin Queen', Elizabeth I
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New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, with a span of 1,700 feet, is the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere.


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West Virginia became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. It is the first of two states that joined the Union during the Civil War (Nevada is the other)
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Two apple varieties originated in West Virginia: the Grimes Golden apple, discovered on a farm near Wellsburg in the early 19th century; and the Golden Delicious apple, found on a farm in Clay County in the early 20th century. In 1995, the Golden Delicious apple was designated the official state fruit of West Virginia.
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Governor Cecil Underwood was the West Virginia’s youngest governor when he was first elected, at the age of 34, in 1956, and then he was elected again, at the age of 84, in 1996 making him the nation’s oldest governor
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The first state sales tax established in the United States went into effect July 1, 1921 in West Virginia.

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Coal House, the only residence in the world built entirely of coal, is located in White Sulphur Springs.
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In 1928, Minnie Buckingham Harper of Welch, West Virginia became the first black woman legislator in the United States. She was appointed by the Governor to the House of Delegates to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband.
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The first brick street in the world was laid in Charleston, West Virginia, on October 23, 1870, on Summers Street, between Kanawha and Virginia Streets.
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Weirton is the only city in the U.S. that extends from one state border to another.
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During WWII, 1700 people from foreign countries, many of them diplomats, were held as prisoners at the Greenbrier resort. The Greenbrier, a luxurious resort in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, was used at the outset of World War II to house diplomats from Germany, Italy and Japan until American diplomats detained overseas could be returned home safely in exchange. In 1942, the U.S. Army purchased the hotel and converted it into a hospital where, over the course of four years, more than 24,000 soldiers were treated.
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The first commercial electric railroad in the world was constructed in West Virginia between Huntington and Guyandotte.
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The 1500 Block of Virginia Street in Charleston is considered the longest city block in the world.
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Moundsville is the site of the continent’s largest cone-shaped prehistoric burial mound. It is 69 feet high and 900 feet in circumference at the base and was opened on March 19, 1838.
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On October 24, 1861, in a public referendum, voters overwhelmingly supported the creation of the new state, to be called Kanawha. The following month, a convention at Wheeling changed the name to West Virginia.
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Wheeling was West Virginia’s first capital. It was moved to Charleston in 1870, back to Wheeling in 1875, and back to Charleston in 1885.
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Underneath the Greenbrier resort at White Sulphur Springs existed a huge, two-story bunker designed to house the entire United States Congress and support staff for forty days in the event of a nuclear attack.
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Princeton in Mercer County of West Virginia is named for Princeton in Mercer County of New Jersey. Both counties are named after Gen. Hugh Mercer, who died in the Battle of Princeton in the Revolutionary War.
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In November 2014, 18-year-old Saira Blair was elected to the West Virginia Hoouse of Delegates, becoming the youngest elected lawmaker in the United States. She trounced her 44-year-old opponent 63 percent to 30 percent. She beat a two-term incumbent in the primary when she was still 17 years old, too young to vote for herself.

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Mother's Day originated in West Virginia, having been first celebrated in 1908 at Andrews Church in Grafton.
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Hallie Davis Elkins was the only woman in American history to be the daughter, wife, and mother of United States' senators. Her father, husband and son represented West Virginia in the United States Senate
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There are no traffic lights in Calhoun County or in Clay County.
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The citizens of Mole Hill, West Virginia collectively decided to change the name of the town to “Mountain” and successfully made 'Mountain' out of the Mole Hill. Now the town is known as Mountain, West Virginia
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West Virginia is the second-largest coal producing state in the United States (Wyoming is the largest coal producing state)
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Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, West Virginia is the busiest airport in West Virginia. The airport is named after Chuck Yeager of West Virginia who piloted the world's first supersonic flight in the Bell X-1