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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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  • USS West Virginia On December 7, 1941, the USS West Virginia suffered massive damage in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship was raised from the sea in time to see service in the final year of the war. Read More »

  • FDR's filmmaker "Pare" Lorentz, known as “FDR’s filmmaker,” was born in Clarksburg December 11, 1905. He created The Roosevelt Year: 1933 documenting Roosevelt's first year in the White House. Read More »

  • Silver Bridge disaster Fifty years ago, 46 people were killed on December 15 when the Silver Bridge collapsed, sending vehicles plummeting into the Ohio River and onto the riverbank. Read More »

  • Charleston established On December 19, 1794, a 40-acre tract of George Clendenin's land was designated a town that became Charleston Read More »

  • 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. Read More »

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

  • Winter Weather The coldest day on record in West Virginia was December 30, 1917. The thermometer dropped to 37 degrees below zero at Lewisburg. Read More »

  • Death of a legend Country singer Hank Williams was to perform in Charleston on New Year’s Eve, but he never made it. He died in Oak Hill the next day. Read More »

This Date in History

December 14, 1910: The date of Billy Richardson's fatal last train ride

A popular train song commemorates the death of a locomotive engineer in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia. Billy Richardson, an engineer on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad from 1878 to 1910, was known to run fast and on time. People along the C&O recalled that Richardson would wave and whistle as his train sped by, his long beard flying in the wind. The affable engineer developed a habit of leaning far out of the right cab ...

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