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Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire

Where We're Going: West Virginia

June 23, 2017

So, in an effort to get you all hyped up for Time to Kill, I've decided to compile a spiffy list of things about West Virginia, which is where you'll be going.  This is just general stuff, but I'll probably come up with more cool stuff in the future.

  1. West Virginia was the only state to be formed by separating from a Confederate state during the American Civil War.  It is the 35th state.  (Nevada also got statehood.)
  2. West Virginia is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world (that means it has a lot of caves).
  3. The average elevation of the state is 1,500, the highest of any state east of the Mississippi River.
  4. West Virginia experiences over 210 cloudy days a year.
  5. Charleston gets approximately 34 inches of snowfall a year while Snowshoe Ski Resort averages at 200 inches.
  6. The largest ancestral groups in WV are German, Irish, American, English, and Italian.
  7. WV's coal production is second only to Wyoming.
  8. In 2011, the top employer in WV was Walmart, followed by WV United Health System, Charleston Area Medical Center, Kroger, and Consol Energy
  9. Bob Evan's was 22nd, and Tudor's Biscuit Co. was 49th.
  10. Originally, the capital city was Wheeling, from 1863-1870.  Then it was moved to Charleston as it was more centralized.  In 1875, it was moved back to Wheeling.  Then Wheeling burned down in 1885 and the capital was returned to Charleston, where it remains to this day.

So, are you excited yet?  Keep checking back for more.

-Brooke Shaffer

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