West Virginia State Geography

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Population (1994): 1,822,000 (35th in size)

State size: 24,231 square miles (41st in size)

State Capital: Charleston (named after Charles Clendenin, a Revolutionary War soldier and owner of the land on which the settlement was built)

Major cities: Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown and Wheeling

Admission to union: The 35th State

Date entered the union: June 20, 1863

Origin of state name: So named because it was originally part of Virginia.

Nicknames: The Mountain State

Bordering states: Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia

State bird: Cardinal

State flower: Great Rhododendron

State tree: Sugar Maple

Motto: Mountain People, Always Free


Geographic Landmarks

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  The Allegheny Mountains


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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  Primary industries include forestry and timber production. Natural resources include oil, gas and coal. Agriculture includes dairy farming, apples and peaches. Manufacturing includes iron, steel, glass and chemicals.


Historical Highlights

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  West Virginia separated from Virginia when Virginia joined the Confederacy. West Virginia wanted to stay with the Union.


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about West Virginia

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West Virginia State Flag


West Virginia State Government home page

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