West Virginia is inspirational. West Virginia was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on June 2o, 1863. West Virginia’s nickname is Mountain State. It is located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. The capital is Charleston. Pennsylvania and Maryland border West Virginia to the north and northeast. Virginia is to the southeast. Kentucky is to the southwest. Ohio is to the northwest.
Mounds from prehistoric mound builder cultures survive in the area. Iroquois and other Native American tribes later lived and hunted in the region. Various groups of European Americans, like previous Native American tribes, claimed and contested claims of the region. West Virginia was part of the British Virginia Colony from 1607 until 1776. Next, it was part of the state of Virginia from 1776 until 1863. Residents of northwestern colonies were unhappy and the idea of seceding from the Union during the Civil War was the final “straw” that led them to setting up their own government. West Virginia became a state, drafted a state constitution, and abolished slavery.
Mineral resources have benefited West Virginia’s economy. Limestone caverns with calcium nitrate and saltpeter caves employed many residents. A quarry industry led to lime being used for agriculture and construction. Salt mining became important. The second half of the 19th century coal mining projects and railroads strengthened the economy. Miners and workers associated with the industry continue to be important to the economy.
While some statistics paint a negative picture of West Virginia in terms of economy, education, and health among other aspects of culture, there are positives as well. Morgantown, West Virginia was ranked as a top small city to do business. West Virginia University was ranked favorably as a public university. It is ranked as a fast growing state.
West Virginia is almost completely mountainous. Approximately 75% of the state is part of the Cumberland Plateau and the Allegheny Plateau regions. Forests and canyons carved by rivers are present. Biodiversity and scenic beauty is abundant. The climate is mostly considered a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot, humid summers and chilly winters. Some areas have a mountain temperature climate which is generally milder.
Appalachian folk music is part of West Virginia’s folk heritage. Classical music, including Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb, showcase West Virginia’s musical innovation. Performing arts and other styles of music from the state have impacted our collective culture. Be inspired! Have a bright day!