Today is June 20th and it is West Virginia’s 145th birthday. We are thankful that we are free mountaineers. West Virginia is in the heart of the Appalachian Highlands. It is a very beautiful place to live and is nick named the Mountain State. West Virginia entered the union on June 20, 1863 as the 35th state. The state capital of West Virginia is Charleston which is the largest city in the state. West Virginia ranks 41st in size with a total area of 24,231 sq mi. including 145 sq mi of inland water. The mountain state is 1,500 ft above sea level which makes it the highest state east of the Mississippi River. West Virginia has warm humid summers and cold humid winters and is a great place for sledding 🙂 79 percent of West Virginia has hardwood forest with commercial species of oak, yellow poplar, maple, birch, beech, black walnut, hickory, and gum. But it also has softwoods including pines and hemlock firs. There are also flower trees such as wild crab apple, dogwood, hawthorn, and redbud. Among the many flowering bushes and plants are the rhododendron, which is the state flower, the laurel, blueberry, hepatica, wild geranium, and black-eyed Susan. There are deer, black bear, bears, cougars, beaver, otter, marten, raccoon, mink, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rabbit, bobcats, foxes, and ground hogs. And there was buffalo and elk in West Virginia at one time. Maybe that’s where the name of our hill, Buffalo Calf, came from. Birds and fish are also numerous.
We are very proud of all our inventions. One of the most widely used is the toothbrush. We know it was invented in West Virginia because if it had been invented anywhere else it would have been called a teethbrush 🙂
West Virginia state symbols.
State Animal-Black Bear
State Butterfly-Monarch butterfly
State Colors-Old gold and blue
State Fish-Brook Trout
State Soil-Monongahela Silt Loam.
State song-“West Virginia Hills”
Our state motto is : Montani sempre libere – Mountaineers are always free. Just as our forefather’s dreamed and fought for political freedom, so there is a need in our day for spiritual and moral freedom from the bondage of sin.