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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wild and Wonderful

Mother's Day was first observed at Andrews Church in Grafton on May 10, 1908.

West Virginia has the oldest population of any state. The median age is 40.

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 World Records.

(My personal favorite) 
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.

West Virginia's nickname is the Mountain State and its motto is "Mountaineers Are Always Free."

Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests.

According to the crime index for 1997, West Virginia had the lowest crime rate in the country.

West Virginia has an mean altitude of 1,500 feet, giving it the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi.

Outdoor advertising had its origin in Wheeling about 1908 when the Block Brothers Tobacco Company painted bridges and barns with the wording: "Treat Yourself to the Best, Chew Mail Pouch."

The first spa open to the public was at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in 1756 (then, Bath, Virginia).

The first brick street in the world was laid in Charleston, West Virginia, on October 23, 1870, on Summers Street, between Kanawha and Virginia Streets.

The Christian Church was begun in West Virginia by Alexander Campbell in Bethany.
(Praise God for your work, Mr Campbell. I am proud to be a member of The Christian Church.)

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