The largest Sycamore tree in the world is located on the back fork of the Elk River in Webster Springs.
The first state sales tax in the United States came into force on July 1, 1921 in West Virginia.
On January 26, 1960, Danny Heater, a student from Burnsville, scored 135 points in a high school basketball game, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
The first federal women-only federal prison in the United States was opened in 1926 in West Virginia.
Cecil Underwood is the nation's oldest governor. He became 77 years old on 5 November 1999.
The New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville is the second tallest steel arch bridge in the United States. The bridge is also the world's longest steel arch bridge (1,700 feet). Every October on the day of the bridge, the road is closed and individuals parachute and bungee rope jump 876 meters from the bridge. It is the largest one-day event in West Virginia and attracts approximately 100,000 people annually.
The first major land battle between the Union and the Confederates in the Civil War was the Battle of Philippi on 3 June 1861.
One of India's oldest and largest 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 at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
West Virginia's nickname is the Mountain State and its motto is "Mountaineers Are Always Free."
Some famous West Virginia celebrities include: Pearl Buck (author), Peter Marshall (television host), Chuck Yeager (test pilot / General of the Air Force),
Don Knotts (actor), Mary Lou Retton (Olympic gold medalist), and
Kathy Mattea (country singer).
Almost 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests.
West Virginia covers about 24,000 square miles and has a population of about 1.8 million.
15% of the country's total coal production comes from West Virginia.
According to the 1997 crime index, West Virginia had the lowest crime rate in the country.
West Virginia Memorial Tunnel was the first in the nation to be watched by television. It was opened on November 8, 1954.
On October 6, 1896, the first shipment of free rural mail was launched in Charles Town and then distributed in the United States.
West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax. It came into force on 1 July 1921.
The first steamer was launched on 3 December 1787 by James Rumsey at the Potomac in New Mecklensburg (Shepherdstown).
During the civil war, a naval battle was fought in West Virginia. The armored steamers of the United States Navy were active on 19 July 1863 at the Battle of Buffington Island near Ravenswood.
On February 14, 1824, at Harper's Ferry, John S. Gallaher published the Ladies Garland, one of the first newspapers in the nation dedicated to the interests of women.
West Virginia Fast Facts & TriviaGene Wright
West Virginia Fast Facts & Trivia