About West Virginia

After the American Civil War, West Virginia separated from the state of Virginia and gained its statehood on June 20, 1863, making it the 35th state in the Union. Since its inception, the state's natural and mineral resources have been a huge part of the economy. In particular, mining - from saltpeter and limestone to salt, and of course coal - made the State of West Virginia what it is today, and mining continues to be a huge part of the culture of the Mountain State. Known throughout the USA as "Wild and Wonderful", West Virginia's mountains, rolling hills, lakes, and rivers make it the perfect place for skiing, rafting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hunting.

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