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  • Back to school in the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

  • The Mountaineers West Virginia University football got its start in 1891 when two students raised $160 to buy uniforms and a rule book and recruited players for the team. Read More »

  • Summersville Lake September 3, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson dedicated the Summersville Dam and Lake. Read More »

  • The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy In September 1974, picket lines formed at schools as parents protested new textbooks selected for their students. Read More »

  • Home of the Mountaineers The new Mountaineer Field opened on September 6, 1980, with a 41-27 win over Cincinnati. It was the first game for Coach Don Nehlen, who became the most successful coach in West Virginia University history. Read More »

  • Hatfield patriarch Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield was born September 9, 1839, in Mingo County. The patriarch of the Hatfield clan led the family in a prolonged vendetta against the family of Randolph McCoy. Read More »

  • The Great Bend Tunnel September 12, 1872, the Great Bend Tunnel was completed. Legend has it that John Henry defeated the steam drill here. Read More »

  • Fool's Parade On September 21, 1970, filming began in Moundsville for Fool's Parade based on Davis Grubb's novel. The movie starred James Stewart, George Kennedy, Strother Martin and Kurt Russell. Read More »

  • Tuskegee Airman Born September 24, 1918 in London, Kanawha County, George Spencer "Spanky" Roberts was the first African-American military pilot from West Virginia and a member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen Read More »

This Date in History

September 22, 1970: Brinkley Bridge in Wayne County collapsed under weight of an overloaded truck

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A Wayne County bridge entered West Virginia political lore during the 1960 presidential primary between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. While covering the hotly contested campaign, NBC-TV newsman David Brinkley filmed a report at the old one-lane bridge across Twelvepole Creek on what was then U.S. 52 (now U.S. 152) just outside Wayne. Brinkley h...

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