My state is West Virginia. It is called the Mountain State because it is made up of some of the most of rugged land in the country. The state motto is “ Montani Semper Liberi ” which translates to Maintaineers Are Always Free. The motto was adopted by the state of West Virginia as part of the state constitution that was signed in 1863. The phrase was suggested as the motto by Joseph H. Diss Debar, the artist who created the state's Great Seal.
West Virginia is part of the Appalachian Region in the eastern part of the United States. The land areas are characterized by the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region, and the Appalachian Plateau. The Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region is part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The Allagheny and Blue Ridge Mountains Ranges run diagonally across the eastern part of the state. The mountains have parallel ridges where streams run through the valleys between them. Much of this area is covered by forests and has many caves and underground streams. The Appalachian Plateau is west of the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region. The area covers 5/6 ths of the state and is very rugged. It is different in that it has more rounded hills and flat-topped highlands. West Virginia is bordered by Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky and Ohio.
The state capital of West Virginia is Charleston. The Governor is Earl Ray Tomblin. The total population is just under 1.9 million people. The state ranks number 37 out of 50. The three largest cities in the state are Charleston, Huntington and Parkersburg.
West Virginia has many state symbols. The state flower is the rhododendron. The state butterfly is the monarch. The state insect is the honey bee. The state fish is the brook trout. The state tree is the sugar maple. The state bird is the cardinal. The state fruit is the golden delicious. And the state animal is the black bear.
West Virginia is the 41 st largest state by area. It covers a total of 24,231 square miles. And only 145 square miles are covered by water. The state is about 240 miles long and 130 miles wide. West Virginia is the only state the lies completely within the Appalachian Mountain region. Major mountain ranges include the Alleghany Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Mountain. Major rivers include the Ohio River, the Guyandottee River and the Greenbriar River. Major lakes include Tygart Lake and Bluestone Lake.
The highest point of West Virginia is Spruce Knob at 4,863 feet above sea level. The lowest point it the South Branch Potomac River at Harpers Fairy at 240 feet above sea level.
West Virginia’s most valuable manufactured products include chemicals. This includes things like adhesives, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. Other manufacturing products include metals such as sheet steel, structural steel and aluminum. The state also produces lumber. The states top mining product is coal. Other mining products include natural gas, oil crushed stone, salt, sand and gravel.
Agriculture is also an important industry in West Virginia. 82% of the agricultural production is livestock products. The top two livestock products include broilers (young chickens) and beef cattle. Other products include chicken eggs, dairy products, turkeys, sheep, hogs, farm chickens, honey, farmed raised fish and wool.
18% of West Virginia’s agricultural production is crops. Hay is the number one crop and it is used to feed livestock. It makes up 2% of all crops grown in the state. Other crops include apples, corn for grains, soybeans, tobacco, peaches and wheat.
Showshoe is one of the most popular tourist attractions in West Virginia. It is a resort in the Allegheny Mountains for skiing, snow tubing and mountain biking. It comprises both Snowshoe and Silver Creek Ski area. Snowshoe is positioned where Cheat Mountain and Back Allegheny Mountain come together. The second highest point in the state, Thorny Flat on Cheat Mountain is located there. The elevation is 4,848 feet. More than 480,000 people visit the resort each year. It has 60 slopes and trails. Covering 11,000 acres, 244 acres are considered skiable terrain. Each year it receives about 180 inches of snow.
The Town of Harpers Ferry is located in the northern edge of the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley. The town is the site of three Civil War battles. It was the first command location for Stonewall Jackson, a confederate general during the Civil War. It was also the starting place of the Lewis and Clarke expedition. The town is also the location of the first academic college to educate freed slave. The college is called Storer College. Harpers Ferry was sited by art history experts as the most “painted town” in America because of its spectacular scenery. Less than 400 people live there.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located on Droop Mountain in Pocahontas County. It is the site of the last major conflict in the American Civil War. On even numbered years, a reenactment of the the Battle of Droop Mountain is held at the state park. There is a museum and lookout tower on the property that was built in 1930,
West Virginia was a special place for me to research because I have been there before and I enjoyed my visit. I learned there are lots of historical landmarks in the state related to the American Civil War. I think it is a great state because it has historical landmarks that can teach you things about the past and it has fun entertainment like Snowshoe and Sliver creek ski areas.
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Total Population: 1,855,413 State Capital: CharlestonGovernor: Earl Ray Tomblin Three Largest Cities inWest VirginiaCity PopulationCharleston 51,176Huntington 49,198Parkersburg 32,020CHARLESTONHuntingtonParkersburgRank: 37
State SymbolsFish: Brook TroutInsect: Honey BeeAnimal: Black BearTree: Sugar MapleFlower: RhododendronBird: CardinalFruit: Golden Delicious AppleButterfly: Monarch
GeographyMajor RiversOhio RiverGuyandottee RiverGreenbriar RiverMajor MountainRangesAllegheny MountainsBlue Ridge MountainsShenandoah MountainThe 41stlargest state by area.Covers a total of 24,231 squaremiles.Only 145 square miles arecovered by water.240 miles long and 130 mileswide.Only state that lies completely within the Appalachian Mountain Region.Major LakesTygart LakeBluestone Lake
Industry: Agriculture82% of agricultural production islivestock products.Top Livestock Products1)Broilers (young chickens)2)Beef Cattle
Industry: AgricultureHay is the #1 crop-It is used to feed thelivestock.-It is 2% of the cropsgrown in the state.18% of agriculturalproduction is cropsOther Crops Include:ApplesCorn for GrainSoybeansTobaccoPeachesWheat
A Resort in the Allegheny Mountains for skiing, tubingand mountain biking.11,000 acres; 244 skiable terrainHome to the second highest point – Thorny Flat on Cheat Mountain – at anelevation of 4,848 feet.Comprises both Snowshoe and Silver Creek ski areas.480,000 skiers per year60 slopes and trails 180 inches of snow each year.Positioned where Cheat Mountain and Back AlleghenyMountain come together.
The Town of Harpers FerryLocated in the northern edgeof the Blue Ridge andShenandoah Valley.Was the starting placeof the Lewis andClarke expedition.The first crossing of the Potomac River by a railroad.The first command location of StonewallJackson, a confederate general.The site of three Civil War Battles.The location of the first academic college to educatefreed slaves – Storer College.Was sited by art history experts as the most“painted town” in America because of itsspectacular scenery.It has less than 400 residents.
Located on Droop Mountain inPocahontas County.The site of the last major conflictof the American Civil War.On even numbered years areenactment of the Battle ofDroop Mountain is held at thestate park.There is a museum andlookout tower on the propertythat was built in 1930.
West Virginia was a special place for me to researchbecause I have been there before and I enjoyed my visit.I learned there are a lot of historical landmarks in the staterelated to the American Civil War.I think it is a great state because it has historical landmarksthat can teach you things about the past and it has funentertainment like Snowshoe and Silver Creek ski areas.