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1726

First settlement near Bunker Hill, present West Virginia

1742

Coal discovered on the Coal River in present Boone County by explorer John Peter Salling

Other events that happened on or around 1742

1818

Commercial coal mining began

Other events that happened on or around 1818

Jun 20, 1863

West Virginia entered the Union as the 35th state

Other events that happened on or around June 20, 1863

1866

Jefferson and Berkeley confirmed as West Virginia by U.S. Congress

Other events that happened on or around 1866

1910

Number of farms in West Virginia stood at 97,000

Other events that happened on or around 1910

1950

West Virginia population peaked at 2,005,552

Other events that happened on or around 1950

1997

3/4th of market value of agricultural products sold originated in Ridge and Valley counties

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2000

The U.S. Census reported the state's population at 1,808,350

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2004

Number of farms in West Virginia decreased to 20,800

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