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Rural Free Delivery Rural Free Delivery, the U.S. Post Office’s program to provide direct delivery of mail to every household in the country, began on October 1, 1896, in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
Faster than sound On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
New River Gorge Bridge After three years of work, the New River Gorge Bridge was dedicated on October 22, 1977.
Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom.
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.
West Virginia Turnpike On August 29, 1952, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the West Virginia Turnpike
Ken Hechler turns 100 Ken Hechler, born September 20, 1914, has been a teacher, historian, activist, congressman and secretary of state.
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.
This Date in History
October 31, 1877: Herman Guy Kump was born in Capon Springs
Herman Guy Kump (October 31, 1877-February 14, 1962) was the 19th governor of West Virginia. He was born in Capon Springs, Hampshire County, the son of Margaret Rudolph and Benjamin Franklin Kump. He grew up on a 500-acre farm devoted to stock raising. Educated in local schools through the eighth grade, Kump then attended Shenandoah Normal School near Winchester, Virginia. As a young man, he taught two terms in his former school in Hampshire County, worked briefly as a deputy county clerk,...
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