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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

e-WV is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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  • West Virginia Turnpike On August 29, 1952, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the West Virginia Turnpike 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 »

  • Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. 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 »

  • New Capitol dedicated Built for slightly more than $9 million, the new state capitol was officially dedicated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1932. Read More »

  • Deadly twister A tornado that struck the Shinnston area of Harrison County June 23, 1944, killed more than 100 people and destroyed numerous homes. Read More »

  • State Parks West Virginia has 36 state parks and resorts, including Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County. The parks offer hiking, biking, camping, and many other activities. Read More »

  • The Sesquicentennial West Virginia celebrated its 150th birthday with a 3-D show and fantastic fireworks display at the Capitol. Read More »

This Date in History

August 29, 1952: The West Virginia Turnpike Commission held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Turnpike


The state’s only toll road originated in 1947 with the legislature’s creation of the West Virginia Turnpike Commission. The commission envisioned a four-lane highway from Charleston to Princeton to open the southern counties of the Mountain State. The route chosen varied only a few miles from a straight line between Charleston and Princeton. It was estimated the new road woul...

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