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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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  • West Virginia Turnpike On August 29, 1952, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the West Virginia Turnpike 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 »

  • New Capitol dedicated Built for slightly more than $9 million, the new state capitol was officially dedicated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1932. 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 »

  • The Sesquicentennial West Virginia celebrated its 150th birthday with a 3-D show and fantastic fireworks display at the Capitol. Read More »

This Date in History

August 29, 1952: The West Virginia Turnpike Commission held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Turnpike

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The state’s only toll road originated in 1947 with the legislature’s creation of the West Virginia Turnpike Commission. The commission envisioned a four-lane highway from Charleston to Princeton to open the southern counties of the Mountain State. The route chosen varied only a few miles from a straight line between Charleston and Princeton. It was estimated the new road woul...

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