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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.

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  • Eccles Mine Disaster On April 28, 1914, 183 miners died in explosion at Eccles No. 5 mine in Raleigh County Read More »

  • Luna Park On May 5, 1923, a fire started by welders destroyed most of this Charleston amusement park. Read More »

  • Opening night The Keith-Albee in Huntington showed its first movie on May 7, 1928, but it was the lavish theater itself that was the star of the show. Read More »

  • First Mother's Day The first official Mother's Day observance was held May 10, 1908, at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton and simultaneously in Philadelphia. Read More »

  • Hominy Falls On May 16, 1968, the final six miners were rescued after being trapped for ten days. Laws regulating preservation of mine maps were passed following this disaster. Read More »

  • Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike On April 18, 1912, the miners at Paint Creek and Cabin Creek went on strike. What followed was one of the most dramatic and bloodiest conflicts of what became known as the Mine Wars Read More »

  • Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

This Date in History

May 23, 1861: Decision for Virginia secession was to be ratified

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The creation of West Virginia was an outcome of the Civil War. Statehood was preceded by decades of sectional conflict between leaders of eastern and western Virginia, but sectionalism was a staple of politics in many other states (and still is in many places, including modern West Virginia). But while other states saw occasional calls for ‘‘dismemberment,’’ only one—Virginia—...

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