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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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  • 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. Read More »

  • Turkey hunting season The wild turkey – the largest game bird in West Virginia – presents a great challenge to hunters. The season begins in October but varies by county. Read More »

  • Rocket man On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier by flying a Bell X-1 rocket airplane 700 miles per hour Read More »

  • Submarine West Virginia October 20, 1990, the current U.S.S. West Virginia, an Ohio Trident Class ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned. Read More »

  • White tail deer Traditional buck hunting season begins around Thanksgiving. Read More »

  • WV Scenery at Babcock State Park Babcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks. Read More »

This Date in History

October 20, 1990: The submarine USS West Virginia was commissioned


The USS West Virginia was badly damaged at Pearl Harbor, but rose from that disaster to take revenge on the Japanese navy.

The battleship was christened on November 19, 1921, the second ship to be named for West Virginia. On December 1, 1923, the West Virginia joined the fleet. The new battleship was 624 feet long, 94 feet wide, and had a displacement of 33,590 tons. The main battery was eight 16-inch guns in four turrets, with 12 five-inc...

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