2.West Virginia's boundary continues for 1365 miles.
4.The earliest permanent colony by Caucasians in the Mill Creek area was built by Morgan Morgan. It is situated in what is now known as Berkeley County and was established in 1731.
5.Oakhurst Links was set up in White Sulphur Springs in 1884. It was the earliest organized club for playing golf in the country.
6.Cardinals are the official birds of this state.
7.Majority of earliest indigenous residents of West Virginia had lost their lives during the later part of 1500s thanks diseases or wars fought between tribes. Later on only the Cherokee, Shawnee and Delaware people inhabited the state.
8.At the time of American War of Independence the West Virginian region started to create an economy by developing its abundant resources of minerals. It also took part in an active manner at the war.
9.Black Bear is the officially accepted animal of West Virginia.
10.Sugar maple is the officially recognized tree in the state.
11.Adena Indians were the earliest residents of West Virginia.
12.The officially approved flower of West Virginia is rhododendron.
13.The discovery of the West Virginia's coal resources was made in 1742. Coal later on became an integral part of the southern state's history.
14.During American Civil War, Virginia defected from the Union. This happened in 1861 - till then West Virginia was a part of this state.
15.Justice John Marshall was from 1801-1835 the Chief Justice. He was also the main judicial authority when Aaron Burr was tried for treason in 1807. The Marshall University that is situated in Huntington, has received its name from him.
16.Earlier in the state's history the prominent industry of West Virginia was coal. Its place has now been taken by tourism.
17.Wheeling was the earliest capital of West Virginia. It was replaced in 1870 by Charleston. In 1875 again Wheeling was promoted to being the capital but Charleston got its position back in 1885.
18.In a public voting held on 24th October 1861 participants largely favored a fresh state that was to be named Kanawha. In November a meeting was held at Wheeling, whereby the name West Virginia replaced Kanawha. The same advice was given in 1961 by a newspaper based in Beckley. They opined that the state should either be named Lincoln or Kanawha as many people thought that the state was not an independent entity but the western region of Virginia.
19.Memorial Tunnel in West Virginia was inaugurated on 8th November 1954. It was the earliest passageway to have been watched over by television.
20.It is the sole American state to have been anointed by a declaration that had Presidential sanction.