Charleston is the inspiring capital of West Virginia. It is located where the Elk and Kanawha Rivers meet in Kanawha County. West Virginia was part of Virginia before it became its own state in 1863 and Charleston was chosen as its capital.
Iroquois Native Americans are known to have lived in the area before the American Revolutionary War. Charleston was later founded in 1788 and incorporated in 1794. Early industries important to Charleston were salt and natural gas. Coal as a resource added to the city’s economy.
Charleston is in a transitional zone between a humid subtropical climate and a humid continental climate. All four seasons are distinct. Winters are cold and snowy. Summers are hot and often humid. Spring and fall are transitional and there is precipitation throughout the year. Thunderstorms often occur in the spring and summer. Tornadoes have been known to occur at this time as well.
Today, the economy is centered on trade, utilities, government, healthcare, and education. The McLaughlin Air National Guard Base is in Charleston. Kanawha County Schools is the school system in the area. West Virginia University has a Charleston campus for medical and dental students. The University of Charleston is a private college in the city.
There are many annual events and fairs in Charleston. Several historic structures and museums are in the area as well. Parks and multiple outdoor attractions attract people to the city. Baseball, soccer, and Women’s American Football attract fans. Charleston Town Center is a three-story mall adding to the shopping available to residents and others in the area.
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