Hello and Happy Friday! I hope that you’re having a wonderful day, and how could you not? The weekend is upon us (that’s always good news in my book).
For today’s edition of Fun Fact Friday, I’m going to tell you a little bit about me starting with where I’m from. I was born and raised in Wellsburg, West Virginia. Wellsburg is a small town located in the northern panhandle of the state. So here are some fun facts about the state of West Virginia.
- West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States.
- West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state.
- Mother’s Day was first observed at Andrews Church in Grafton on May 10, 1908.
- The first state sales tax in the United States went into effect in West Virginia on July 1, 1921.
- The first federal prison exclusively for women in the United States was opened in 1926 in West Virginia.
- The New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville is the second highest steel arch bridge in the United States. The bridge is also the longest steel arch bridge (1,700 feet) in the world. Every October on Bridge Day, the road is closed and individuals parachute and bungee cord jump 876 feet off the bridge. Its West Virginia’s largest single day event and attracts about 100,000 people each year.
- The first major land battle fought between Union and Confederate soldiers in the Civil War was the Battle of Philippi on June 3, 1861.
- One of the nation’s oldest and largest Indian burial grounds is located in Moundsville. Its 69 feet high, 900 feet in circumference, and 50 feet high. An inscribed stone was removed from the vault and is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
- Some famous individuals from West Virginia include: Pearl Buck (author), Peter Marshall (television host), Chuck Yeager (test pilot /Air Force General), Don Knotts (actor), Mary Lou Retton (Olympic gold medallist for gymnastics), and Kathy Mattea (country music singer).
- Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests.