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Learning About the U.S. State of West Virginia

In 1861, when Virginians in the northwestern part of the state defied Virginia’s secession from the United States they chose to create the new state. West Virginia. The state motto is “Mountaineers are always free.” Its nickname is the “Mountain State.” It’s the highest in altitude of any state east of the Mississippi River. The state has many different mountains which are all part of the Appalachian Mountain range. It is also home to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. West Virginia is a leading producer of coal in North America. The capital is Charleston, and the state flower is the big rhododendron. In 2014 West Virginia got a new state song “Take Me Home Country Roads” by John Denver.

  • What is the state’s motto?

    • Mountains are for climbing
    • Coal miners live here
    • Mountaineers are always free
  • What is the state nickname?

    • Mountain State
    • Blue Ridge Mountain State
    • Coal Miner State
  • What is it a leading producer of?

    • Horses
    • Timber products
    • Coal
  • What is its capital?

    • Martinsburg
    • Charleston
    • Fairmont
  • Does West Virginia have mountains that are part of the Appalachian Mountain range?

    • Yes
    • No
  • It is the highest in altitude of any state east of the Mississippi River?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Are the Blue Ridge Mountains part of this state?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is the state song?

    • Take Me Home, Country Roads
    • My Mountain Home
    • West Virginia Is Home
  • What is the state flower?

    • Rose
    • Rhododendron
    • Chrysanthemum
  • What is the state bird?

    • Northern Cardinal
    • Carrier Pigeon
    • Red Robin
  • What is the state tree?

    • Great Oak
    • Chestnut
    • Sugar Maple
    • Sugar Maple
  • What is the state animal?

    • Yes
    • No
  • What is the state animal?

    • Black bear
    • Muskrat
    • Beaver

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    • Congrats Norman. You know those trees get to me too. I chose the right photos but if I had to know how to tell one tree from another that would be another thing entirely. I was madly in love with oaks in Latvia while I lived there and I had a might oak in my garden I fondly called Henry.

        • For 20+ years I live in the capital Riga, Latvia in the suburbs with forests, country roads, and a large garden in an old two-story house just 45 minutes from the city center. When my soul mate and love of my life died in August of 2017 I sold the house, packed up and came home to my homeland the US but you know if it wasn’t for memories around every corner I miss that little corner of paradise we lived in.

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