The New River Gorge Bridge, in Fayetteville (WV), is the longest steel-arch bridge in the United States spanning 1, 815 feet across the New River Canyon. Ironic to its name, the New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the World and flows south to north, opposite from most rivers because it was formed before the mountains. West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States.
West Virginia Day is a state holiday celebrated every June 20 in the American state of West Virginia. The day celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the state as a result of the secession of several northwestern counties of Virginia during the American Civil War.
During the Civil War, the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond chose to join the Confederate States of America, much to the chagrin of most of the inhabitants in the trans-Allegheny region of the state who had long expressed their resentment toward the political elites in Richmond. Loyal unionists gradually pushed for the creation of a new state. After two years of legal maneuvering, West Virginia was formally admitted to the United States of America on June 20, 1863.
June 20 had been informally celebrated across West Virginia over the next six decades until the West Virginia Legislature gave the holiday formal recognition in 1927. The day has traditionally been celebrated with festivities at the state capitol complex in Charleston and at other locations across the state.
Fun Facts about West Virginia: West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax. It became effective July 1, 1921. According to the crime index for 1997, West Virginia had the lowest crime rate in the country.
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