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History of West Virginia, USA

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 West Virginia, USA

West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States.

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.

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  • 1841 - First commercial use of natural gas, in Malden, West Virginia

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1862 - December 31 – American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia into two.

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 31, 1862

  • 1863 - West Virginia was admitted to the Union - June 20, 1863
    www.datesandevents.org/ american-timelines/ 48-west-virginia- history-timeline.htm

    West Virginia formed from 50 western Virginia...Read MORE...


  • 1870s - Industrial expansion in West Virginia attracted Black immigrants from southern states and European immigrants from overseas.

    familysearch.org/ learn/ wiki/ en/ West_Virginia_History

  • 1884 - First U.S. golf course opens in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1895 - West Virginia
    West Virginia, an E. central state of the American Union, lying in the Appalachian region, and bounded N. by Pennsylvania and Maryland, E. by...Read MORE...


  •  West Virginia, USA
    Ruffner Hotel, Charleston, West Virginia
    Postcard
  •  West Virginia, USA

    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  • News 1907 - December 6 – Monongah Mining disaster: A coal mine explosion kills 362 workers in Monongah, West Virginia, United States

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 6, 1907

  • 1917-1918 - World War I - over 58,053 men and women from West Virginia serve during the war.

    familysearch.org/ learn/ wiki/ en/ West_Virginia_History

  •  West Virginia, USA
    Main Building, Broaddus Colleage, Philippi, W. Va.
    Postcard
  • 1921 - On July 1, 1921, West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ west-virginia.html

  • News 1924 - April 28 – An explosion in a mine at the Wheeling Steel Corporation in Benwood, West Virginia kills 119 men.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 28, 1924

  • 1930s - Many factories and mills in West Virginia closed. Many small farms were abandoned, and many families moved to cities.

    familysearch.org/ learn/ wiki/ en/ West_Virginia_History

  •  West Virginia, USA
    Fifth Ave. West From 6th Street, Huntington, W.V.
    Postcard
  • News 1950 - February 9 – Second Red Scare: In his speech to the Republican Women's Club at the McClure Hotel in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with 205 Communists.

    www.wikipedia.org
    February 9, 1950

  • 1954 - West Virginia's Memorial Tunnel was the first in the nation to be monitored by television. It opened November 8, 1954.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ west-virginia.html

  • News February 26, 1972 - The Buffalo Creek disaster occurred in the Buffalo Creek Hollow of Logan County in West Virginia.
    A coal slag dam on the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek burst sending a fifty foot wall of water down a narrow valley killing 125 persons and causing 51...Read MORE...




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Ruffner Hotel, Charleston, West Virginia
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

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Main Building, Broaddus Colleage, Philippi, W. Va.
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Fifth Ave. West From 6th Street, Huntington, W.V.
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  • 1841 - First commercial use of natural gas, in Malden, West Virginia

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1862 - December 31 – American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia into two.

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 31, 1862
  • 1863 - West Virginia was admitted to the Union - June 20, 1863
    www.datesandevents.org/ american-timelines/ 48-west-virginia- history-timeline.htm

    West Virginia formed from 50 western Virginia... Read MORE...

  • 1870s - Industrial expansion in West Virginia attracted Black immigrants from southern states and European immigrants from overseas.

    familysearch.org/ learn/ wiki/ en/ West_Virginia_History
  • 1884 - First U.S. golf course opens in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
  • 1895 - West Virginia
    West Virginia, an E. central state of the American Union, lying in the Appalachian region, and bounded N. by Pennsylvania and Maryland, E. by... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - December 6 – Monongah Mining disaster: A coal mine explosion kills 362 workers in Monongah, West Virginia, United States

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 6, 1907
  • 1917-1918 - World War I - over 58,053 men and women from West Virginia serve during the war.

    familysearch.org/ learn/ wiki/ en/ West_Virginia_History
  • 1921 - On July 1, 1921, West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ west-virginia.html
  • News  1924 - April 28 – An explosion in a mine at the Wheeling Steel Corporation in Benwood, West Virginia kills 119 men.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 28, 1924
  • 1930s - Many factories and mills in West Virginia closed. Many small farms were abandoned, and many families moved to cities.

    familysearch.org/ learn/ wiki/ en/ West_Virginia_History
  • News  1950 - February 9 – Second Red Scare: In his speech to the Republican Women's Club at the McClure Hotel in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with 205 Communists.

    www.wikipedia.org
    February 9, 1950
  • 1954 - West Virginia's Memorial Tunnel was the first in the nation to be monitored by television. It opened November 8, 1954.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ west-virginia.html
  • News  February 26, 1972 - The Buffalo Creek disaster occurred in the Buffalo Creek Hollow of Logan County in West Virginia.
    A coal slag dam on the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek burst sending a fifty foot wall of water down a narrow valley killing 125 persons and causing 51... Read MORE...

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