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Throwback Thursday: Happy birthday, West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va.

Charleston, W.Va.

Susquehanna Bank has branches in four states and one of them celebrates a very important birthday today.

That’s right; West Virginia is 150 years old. It officially became the 35th state on June 20, 1863 after a proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

The state will celebrate its sesquicentennial [say that five times fast, I dare you] from June 20-23 on the grounds of the State Capitol in Charleston. There will be concerts, musicals, a chili cook-off, civil war reenactments, a 5K run and a parade.

Some of you may not know Susquehanna Bank actually has three branches in The Mountain State: Gerrardstown Road in Inwood, Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg and West Burke Street in Martinsburg.

Here are other interesting facts about Pennsylvania’s neighbor to the south.

  • Tourism is the state’s leading industry. For many years, coal was the leading industry.
  • The world famous Greenbrier Hotel and Resort, in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, was used as an Army Hospital during World War II.
  • The New River Gorge Bridge, in Fayetteville, is the longest steel-arch bridge in the United States spanning 1,815 feet across the New River Canyon.
  • Ironic to its name, the New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the World and flows south to north, opposite from most rivers because it was formed before the mountains.
  • The dome on the capitol is 292 feet high, higher than the dome on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Every year, thousands of people flock to West Virginia to take in the state’s natural beauty, its winding roads and breathtaking overlooks; hike its mountainous trails and enjoy nature in its purest form. To find more things to do in West Virginia, visit the state tourism website.

It’s been more than four decades since John Denver penned the lyrics to “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” a song celebrated by many West Virginians. The lyrics still ring true today.

“Almost heaven, West Virginia,

Blue Ridge Mountains

Shenandoah River –

Life is old there

Older than the trees

Younger than the mountains

Growin’ like a breeze …”

 Do you have any West Virginia memories? Share them in the comment section below!

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One Response to Throwback Thursday: Happy birthday, West Virginia

  1. bonnie daisy says:

    Some of my best Mountain biking trips and hiking trips were in West virginia in and around Davis and Thomas. Black water falls state park is a beautiful park with a nice lodge to stay in. I have very fond memories of early summer vacation there and late fall ones.

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