AWESOME FACTS about WEST VIRGINIA: State Motto: Mountaineers are Always Free Capital: Charleston Statehood: 1863 Interesting Facts: Chuck Yeager, born in 1923, from West Virginia became the first person in the world to break the sound barrier. Base jumpers in West Virginia are privileged to have the longest steel-span bridge in the western hemisphere in their state. West Virginia hosts one of the world’s oldest rivers, which meanders through the state heading towards Virginia before reaching North Carolina. The New River takes the number two spot after the world-famous River Nile. Frank Buckles who was the last surviving veteran of World War I was a resident of Charleston. He died in 2011 aged an astonishing 110 years old. In 1787, West Virginia made history by launching the first steamboat in the Potomac River at New Mecklensburg. Grafton, West Virginia, was the venue for the world’s first Mother’s Day celebrations. The occasion took place on May 10, 1908. In 1928, Minnie Buckingham Harper became the first African-American woman to join the House of Delegates.
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