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State Flag The West Virginia state flag was adopted by the legislature on March 7, 1929
Carnifex Ferry March 14, 1931: Noting interest in the annual reunion of Carnifex Ferry battle veterans, the legislature created the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield Park Commission
West Virginia State University On March 17, 1891, West Virginia State University was founded as the West Virginia Colored Institute
Marshall University March 30, 1838, Marshall Academy was incorporated in what is now Huntington
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See WV: Skiing West Virginia is the only state that lies entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, so it’s not surprising it has some of the best skiing in the East.
Buffalo Creek Disaster On February 26, 1972, the Buffalo Creek Flood killed 125 people and left thousands homeless. Whole communities were destroyed and never rebuilt.
This Date in History
March 28, 1868: Eli C. "Rimfire" Hamrick was born in Bergoo
Eli C. ‘‘Rimfire’’ Hamrick (March 28, 1868-April 1, 1945) was the Mountain State’s prototypical mountaineer. Born in Bergoo, Webster County, Hamrick was one of the best woodsmen of his time and was friend and guide to the coal and lumber barons who used the mountains for hunting expeditions. Originally thought to be the model for the ‘‘Mountaineer’’ statue on the grounds of the state capitol, he later revealed that his younger brother, Ellis, had also posed.
In 1907, Hamrick was emp...
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