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Moving to West Virginia
West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States, granted by Abraham Lincoln. Civil War history, Appalachian arts/craft/music, scenic railroads and coal heritage; whitewater rafting, kayaking, boating, and other water sports; downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, family winter fun; romantic getaways, cozy cabins, spas, B&Bs, golf resorts; scenic highways and byways; truly something for everyone. West Virginia has so much to offer and stunning landscapes around every bend to take your breath away.
State capital and largest city is Charleston.
State Motto: "Montani semper liberi" - Mountaineers are always free.
West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state.
The first state sales tax in the United States went into effect in West Virginia on July 1, 1921.
Outdoor advertising had its origin in Wheeling in 1908 when the Block Brothers Tobacco Company painted bridges and barns with the wording: "Treat Yourself to the Best, Chew Mail Pouch."
State Bird is the Cardinal.
West Virginia’s Memorial Tunnel was the first in the nation to be monitored by television. It opened November 8, 1954.
There are no traffic lights in Calhoun County.
The first patent for a soda fountain was granted in 1833 to George Dulty in Wheeling.
State Animal is the Black Bear.
Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests.
The first federal prison exclusively for women in the United States was opened in 1926 in West Virginia.
One of the nation’s oldest and largest Indian burial grounds is located in Moundsville. It is 69 feet high, 900 feet in circumference, and 50 feet wide. An inscribed stone was removed from the vault and is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
West Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I of England (she was known as the Virgin Queen).
WV has three State Songs: "West Virginia My Home," "The West Virginia Hills," and "This Is My West Virginia."
15% of the nation’s total coal production comes from West Virginia.
WV is bordered by Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
More than 500 factories have manufactured glass in West Virginia throughout the state’s history.
There are more than 200,000 acres of state parks, forests and wildlife management areas scattered throughout West Virginia.
Enjoy your new home - West Virginia!
West Virginia became the 35th on June 20, 1863. With a land area of 24,231 square miles, it is the 41st largest state. Its population as of the 2000 census was 1.8 million, making West Virgin the 37th most populous state in the nation. Major industries are coal mining, livestock, chemical manufacturing, glass products, and tourism.
Now that you are moving to the Mountain State, impress your friends and family with these fun facts: