Thursday, February 16

Facts about West Virginia

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Are you ready to learn about West Virginia?

Have you ever been to West Virginia? Maybe you already live there? Whichever it may be, you can learn some cool facts about West Virginia right here; just keep on reading. Joey and Jinger love learning cool facts about each of the different states in the United States. They would like me to share some of those cool facts with you! Each and every Thursday, I will be posting cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical (ABC) order! Last week we posted facts about Washington state. This week we are posting cool facts about West Virginia. The countdown is on, only two (2) more states to blog about! That means there is just two more weeks to go… Yippie!!!

Did you know that West Virginia was the thirty-fifth (35th) state to join the union? Yep, that is right! West Virginia officially joined the union on June 20,1863. West Virginia is located in the Eastern region of the United States. West Virginia shares a border with five (5) states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky. West Virginia is the forty-first (41st) largest state in the United States. That means West Virginia is one of the smaller sized states in the United States of America. There are about 1,775,155 people that live in the state of West Virginia.

Did you know that the population of the United States is estimated to be about 334,389,159 people? (At the time of this writing)


West Virginia famous person alert:

Did you know Mary Lou Retton was born in Fairmont, West Virginia? Mary Lou Retton is a famous gymnast. She competed in the Olympics. She won several medals on of which was a gold medal. To learn more about Mary Lou Retton: CLICK HERE

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Quick Facts about West Virginia:

1. A few things West Virginia is known for are: the beautiful mountains, coal mining, and of course biscuits and gravy. West Virginia has a few state nicknames, and they are: the Mountain State and the Panhandle State. The West Virginia state motto is “Montani semper liberi” is a Latin word that means, “Mountaineers are always free”. The abbreviation for West Virginia is WV.

2. The capital of West Virginia is Charleston. Charleston officially became the capital of West Virginia in 1875. Charleston has an estimated population of about 48,860 people.

3. The West Virginia state bird is the American Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch was officially chosen as the state bird for West Virginia on March 7, 1949. The male American Goldfinches are a bright beautiful yellow bird. They have black on their forehead and wings. They have some white on their tails and wings. You can look at pictures of and read more about the American Goldfinch here: CLICK HERE

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4. West Virginia’s official state flower is the rhododendron. The rhododendron is a perennial evergreen shrub/bush that can be found growing in various places throughout the state of West Virginia. The rhododendron is a beautiful pink colored flower that blooms on the evergreen shrub/bush!! The flowers start blooming in the months of April and May. It became the official state flower in 1903.

5. The current state flag of West Virginia was officially adopted on (abt.) March 7, 1929. West Virginia’s state flag has a white background with a blue border. West Virginia’s state seal appears on the center of the flag.

6. Some crops that are grown in West Virginia are: apples, blackberries, cantaloupe, corn, potatoes, soy beans, and wheat.

7. Some awesome places to visit while in West Virginia are: Harpers Ferry, Hawks Nest State Park, and the Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

8. Some animals that live in West Virginia are: bats, beavers, copperhead snakes, porcupines, skunks, and white-tailed deer.

9. West Virginia can get very hot and very cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in West Virginia was 112 degrees Fahrenheit in Moorefield, West Virginia on August 4, 1930. The coldest temperature ever recorded in West Virginia was -37 degrees (negative 37 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Lewisburg, West Virginia on December 30, 1917.



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Get your free printable West Virginia worksheet here:

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Books about West Virginia:

1. Goodnight Mountaineers by Samantha Hawthorne

2. Kids' West Virginia Activity Book by Erin Turner

3. Santa Is Coming to West Virginia by Steve Smallman

4. Love Is All Around West Virginia by Wendi Silvano

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You can Click here to purchase the 50 states workbook on Amazon.

You can also utilize the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states post in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some cool facts about Wisconsin! Thank you for taking the time to learn some quick facts by reading my blog post!! If you find a mistake, please let me know. "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." Albert Einstein



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Here's to you Grandpa! Take Me Home, Country Roads. We love and miss you so much! I know you are soaring high above Wild Wonderful West Virginia!

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