West Virginia

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Martí Micolau

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The State of West Virginia it reaches a population of just under two million inhabitants, this is because it is a state with a particular geographic conformation, almost entirely covered with mountains and plateaus which are also rather inaccessible to reach. In fact, the state also takes the name of State Mountain.

The borders of West Virginia are as follows: Maryland and Pennysilvania to the north, Ohio and Kentucky to the west, Virginia to the east.

West Virginia separated from Virginia during the American Civil War. Currently its main resources are agriculture but above all the extraction of coal in mines alongside the timber industry. This productive activity is very strongly followed by the unions and West Virginia has often been a territory of bitter clashes for the defense of the rights of miners and related workers.

Historical notes

West Virginia was occupied by mostly British pioneers and anti-slavery who remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War. Following a vote that saw almost all the preferences for the constitution of a separate state, the western part of Virginia became independent from the rest of the territory.

To visit

The capital is Charleston which, however, does not have a great artistic interest, if not for colonial-era palaces and for the festival of arts and crafts which is the largest in the entire chain of the Appalachian mountains.

Of greater artistic but above all historical interest it is Harpers ferry, a town almost entirely rebuilt after the Civil War but which today boasts a central urban nucleus in which to relive the atmospheres dating back to America in the 1600s.

Also to Lewisburg numerous nineteenth-century houses can be admired.

But the main attractions of West Virginia are related to its natural landscape and the possibilities it offers in terms of outdoor sporting activities and extreme adventures such as paragliding or bungee jumping from the numerous suspension bridges, climbing and hiking.


Undoubtedly the natural landscape is the one that is most noteworthy in the state. There are numerous forests of oaks, conifers, long rivers with rapids and mountains that allow excursions and walks in the name of adventure. The Allegani Mountains, in addition to the Appalachians, also attract many visitors who are not looking for well-equipped tourist places. The small urban centers offer the bare minimum, to safeguard a natural landscape that enjoys its uncontaminated being. Waterfalls, winding and inaccessible canyons, breathtaking views, marshes to be overcome on wooden bridges 800 meters long, mountain bike trails, limestone walls 18 meters high, all this and more can be experienced in those mountains.

The parks can also be reached through some ancient lines in which old steam trains still operate, to make known the charm of ancient movements in a territory that still breathes a wild air.

ABNAMED: “The Mountain State”
ORIGIN NAME: The formation of the state dates back to the Civil War, when Virginia sided in favor of the Southern army.
CAPITAL: Charleston
MEMBER UNION FROM: 20 June 1863 (35th state)
POPULATION: 1.806.928
POOR PEOPLE: 16,8 % water content
MOTTO: “Montani semper liberti (Mountaineers are always free)”
TREE: Sugar Maple
BIRD: Cardinal
FLOWER: Rhododendron
SONG: West Virginia, My Sweet Home
FLAG: The West Virginia flag has a white field with dark blue borders. The flag of West Virginia shows a rock engraved with the date June 20, 1863, the day the state joined the union. A ribbon in the flag bears the motto "the Montanari are always free".
- AGRICULTURE: Livestock, dairy products, poultry, apples.
- INDUSTRY : Chemicals, Mining, Primary Metals, Stone, Clay, Glass Products, Tourism.
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