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West Virginia

Entered the Union: June 20, 1863 (35) Capital: Charleston
Origin of Name: In honor of Elizabeth, "Virgin Queen" of England
State Motto: Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)
State Nickname: Mountain State State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Flower: Rhododendron State Bird: Cardinal
State Animal: Black Bear State Fish: Brook Trout
State Fruit: Golden Delicious Apple State Butterfly: Monarch
State Colors: Old Gold and Blue State Gem: Fossil Coral
State Songs: “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home"
• "The West Virginia Hills" • "This is My West Virginia"
National Forest: 1 • State Forests: 9 • State Parks: 37
Famous For: Harpers Ferry, Cass Scenic Railroad, Greenbrier and Berkeley Springs Resorts
Famous West Virginians: George Brett (baseball), Pearl S. Buck (author), Martin Delany (first black army major), Billy Dixon (frontiersman), Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Confederate general), Don Knotts (actor), Peter Marshall (TV host), Kathy Mattea (singer), Mary Lou Retton (gymnast), Jerry West (basketball), Chuck Yeager (test pilot, Air Force general)


 

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