Ten fun facts about West Virginia


Fact 1
The US holiday known as Motherís Day was first celebrated on May 10, 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia at Andrews Church.

Fact 2
The very first 4-H Camp in the United States was located at Jacksonís Mill in West Virginia.

Fact 3
Out of all of the states in the US, West Virginia is known to have the oldest population with the general age of its population being 40.


Fact 4
The largest sycamore tree in the world is located along the Elk River in the Webster Springs area of this state.

Fact 5
The first state tax to be instituted in the United States was adopted by West Virginia on July 1, 1921.

Fact 6
On November 5, 1999 the first prison that was established for women prisoners only opened in the state.

Fact 7
The Battle of Philippi that took place on June 3, 1981 was the first battle between the Union and Confederate soldiers that took place during the Civil War.

Fact 8
75% of the total area of this state is covered by forests.

Fact 9
The third largest cave in the United States is located near Ronceverte. Organ Cave is also the largest cave in the state of West Virginia.

Fact 10
The idea of outdoor advertising was born in West Virginia when a tobacco company began placing written advertisements on the sides of barns.


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Short about West Virginia
Is a state located in southern US near the Appalachian part of the United States.


Fast facts
Number of households
742,674
Population
1,856,680
Per capita income
$22,482
Life expectancy in number of years
75.4
Statehood
June 20, 1863
Capital
Charleston
Largest city
Charleston
Number of billionaires
0
State color
Old Gold and Blue
State bird
Northern cardinal
State mammal
Black bear
State fish
West Virginia golden brook trout
State tree
Sugar Maple
State flower
Rhododendron

Sources
Forbes Magazine - List of billionaires by US state
US Census Bureau - State and County QuickFacts
USNA - State Tree and Flower Chart



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