West Virginia Geography
- Geographical Region: South
- Size: 24231 sq.mi., 41st rank overall.
- Admitted to Statehood: June 20, 1863
- Population: 1,819,777;37th rank overall.
- Capital: Charleston
- Other Major City: Huntington
- Abbreviation: WV
- Nickname: Mountain State
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- State Bird: Cardinal (opens window to 50states.com)
- State Flower: Rhododendron (opens window to 50states.com)
- West Virginia is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range. More specifically, about 75% lies within the Cumberland Plateau and Allegheny Plateau regions.
- The state is very rugged in most areas with an average elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level, the highest average elevation of any state east of the Mississippi River.
- The heavily forested mountains hide caverns and underground streams.
- Spruce Knob at 4,861 feet above sea level is the highest point in West Virginia
- Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests
Map: Relief Map of WV
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- West Virginia obtained its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States. It is the only state to do so.
- Mother's Day was first celebrated in Grafton on May 10, 1908 at Andrews Church.
- The state with the oldest population is West Virginia with a median age of 40.
- West Virginia was the first state to enact a sales tax on July 1, 1921.
- The first major land battle fought between Union and Confederate soldiers in the Civil War was the Battle of Philippi on June 3, 1861.
- Standing 69 feet tall and 900 feet in circumference, Moundsville is the largest cone-shaped prehistoric burial mound on the continent.
- West Virginia is home to the only house built entirely of coal in White Sulphur Springs. To no surprise it is called the Coal House.
- West Virginian, Chester Merriman was 14 when he enlisted for World War I. He was the youngest soldier.
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