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History Along America’s Highways
West Virginia

In 1861, Virginians in the northwestern part of the state defied Virginia's secession from the United States.  The region chose to remain in the Union and form a new state. West Virginia was admitted into the Union in 1863, after conditions requiring the gradual emancipation of slaves had been met.

The state motto is "Mountaineers are always free," and West Virginia lives up to its nickname of the "Mountain State." With an average altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level, it's the highest of any state east of the Mississippi River.

For a long time, West Virginia was a leading producer of coal in North America, but many people left to pursue better employment opportunities. That trend has turned around, and now the state's economy is in a more stable condition.

The capital is Charleston, and the state flower is the big rhododendron.

National Historic Landmarks in West Virginia

  1. ANDREWS METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH

  2. BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD MARTINSBURG SHOPS

  3. CAMPBELL MANSION

  4. CLOVER SITE

  5. DAVIS AND ELKINS HISTORIC DISTRICT

  6. ELKINS COAL AND COKE COMPANY HISTORIC DISTRICT

  7. GRAVE CREEK MOUND

  8. GREENBRIER, THE

  9. MATEWAN HISTORIC DISTRICT

  10. OLD MAIN, BETHANY COLLEGE

  11. REBER RADIO TELESCOPE

  12. TRAVELLER'S REST

  13. WADE, ALEXANDER, HOUSE

  14. WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENCE HALL

  15. WESTON HOSPITAL

  16. WHEELING SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Counties in WV

Barbour - Berkeley - Boone - Braxton - Brooke - Cabell - Calhoun - Clay - Doddridge - Fayette - Gilmer - Grant - Greenbrier - Hampshire - Hancock - Hardy - Harrison - Jackson - Jefferson - Kanawha - Lewis - Lincoln - Logan - Marion - Marshall - Mason - McDowell - Mercer - Mineral - Mingo - Monongalia - Monroe - Morgan - Nicholas - Ohio - Pendleton - Pleasants - Pocahontas - Preston - Putnam - Raleigh - Randolph - Ritchie - Roane - Summers - Taylor - Tucker - Tyler - Upshur - Wayne - Webster - Wetzel - Wirt - Wood - Wyoming

 
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