West Virginia State Facts and Symbols

West Virginia became the 35th state in 1863 and is the 38th largest state by population with about 1.8 million residents. It is also the 41st largest state by land and water area with a total area of 24,230 square miles.

West Virginia is the only state to be formed as a result of the Civil War.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state songs and views of the West Virginia State Quarter.



West Virginia State Flag

West Virginia State Flag


West Virginia State Facts

West Virginia State Capital - Charleston

State Nickname - The Mountain State

State Motto - “Montani Semper Liberi” (Mountaineers Are Always Free)

State Flower - Rhododendron Maximum

State Tree - Sugar Maple

State Butterfly - Monarch Butterfly

State Bird - Cardinal

State Fish - Brook Trout

State Animal - Black Bear

State Insect - Honeybee

State Reptile - Timber Rattlesnake

State Gemstone - The Silicified Mississippian Fossil "Coral Lithostrotionella"

State Fossil - Megalonyx Jeffersonnii

State Rock or Stone - Bituminous Coal

State Soil - Monongahela Silt Loam

State Colors - Old Gold and Blue

State Fruit - Golden Delicious Apple



West Virginia State Map:

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West Virginia State Map


West Virginia State Songs:

"The West Virginia Hills"

"This Is My West Virginia"

"West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home"


West Virginia State Quarter

West Virginia State Quarter - FrontWest Virginia State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)





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