June 20, 1863 is the day West Virginia became the 35th State in the Union, the only state born out of the armed conflict of the Civil War. Declared a state by President Abraham Lincoln, West Virginia is the only state to be designated by Presidential Proclamation. West Virginia has a mean altitude of 1,500 feet, giving it the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi. The state’s seal contains the Latin motto, Montani Semper Liberi, which means "Mountaineers Are Always Free." A variety of the yellow apple, the Golden Delicious, originated in West Virginia.
This information was drawn from the WV.gov website, where you will find more detail on West Virginia's history and culture.
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