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  • Statehood The creation of West Virginia was an outcome of the Civil War. Read More »

  • Battle of Philippi The first land battle of the Civil War took place at Philippi, June 3, 1861 Read More »

  • Glass Sand Mining June 7, 1926: An explosion at a glass sand mining operation in Morgan County killed six men. Read More »

  • Cass Scenic Railroad The first passenger trip on Cass Scenic Railroad was June 15, 1963, during West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. Read More »

  • Blind Alfred Reed Born June 15, 1880, Blind Alfred Reed was a street singer and fiddler in Summers County. He sometimes performed with his son and a fiddler neighbor as the West Virginia Night Owls. Read More »

  • West Virginia Day West Virginia Day is celebrated each year on June 20, the anniversary of the day West Virginia became the 35th state, June 20, 1863. 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 »

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June 18, 1949: The river at Moorefield crested at 16.10 feet, more than six feet above flood stage

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With an area of 584.6 square miles, Hardy County is divided by South Branch Mountain. Four rivers penetrate its boundaries. On the west lies the South Branch of the Potomac, which is joined by the South Fork at Moorefield and flows north from there through the Trough and into neighboring Hampshire County. On the east is ...

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