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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 »

  • Ken Hechler turns 100 Ken Hechler, born September 20, 1914, has been a teacher, historian, activist, congressman and secretary of state. 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 »

  • 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 »

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September 21, 2011: A parade was held in Logan to honor Landau Murphy


Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., a singer from Logan, won the nationally televised America’s Got Talent in 2011. His prize was $1 million and the opportunity to perform at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Murphy was born August 11, 1974, in Logan. In his early teens, he moved to Detroit where he was surrounded by crime and violence. By the time he was 20, he was unemployed, homeless, and living out of his car. His life improved over time, but in 1999, he returned to Logan. Murphy was...

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