West Virginia Flag
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Rhododendron
State Song: The West Virginia Hills
Listen to Midi
State Nickname: Mountain State
Admission to Union: 35th state (June 20,
The fifth and final quarter to be released in 2005 commemorates the
State of West Virginia. On June 20, 1863, the "Mountain State" became the
35th state to be admitted into the Union, making this the 35th coin to be
issued in the United States Mint’s popular 50 State Quarters® Program.
This coin captures the scenic beauty of the State with its depiction of
the New River and the New River Gorge Bridge. The coin bears the
inscription "New River Gorge."
Prior to gaining statehood, the area that is now West Virginia formed the
western part of Virginia. Settlers in the western part of the "Old
Dominion" began their efforts to join the federal Union when Virginia
announced its secession in 1861. In the western part of the State, the
Restored Government of Virginia in Wheeling drafted a state constitution
in 1862. The new state called West Virginia applied to Congress for
admission into the Union. Congress approved the request with one
condition, that the new state abolish slavery. President Lincoln signed
the West Virginia statehood bill and on June 20, 1863, West Virginia
officially became the 35th state to be admitted into the Union.
The design chosen to represent West Virginia is one that combines the
natural physical beauty of the State and the triumph of the human
intellect exemplified by the engineering wonder that is the New River
Gorge Bridge. At 3,030 feet long and 69 feet wide, the bridge is the
world’s largest steel span and the second highest bridge in the United
States, rising 876 feet above the New River Gorge in southern West
Virginia. In 1978, 53 miles of the New River was added to the National
Park System as the New River Gorge National River.
For years, crossing the New River Gorge meant long detours along narrow,
winding mountain roads. The completion of the bridge in 1977 reduced this
dangerous 40-minute trip to a smooth and scenic one-minute drive.
On March 31, 2004, West Virginia Governor Bob Wise announced his selection
of the New River Gorge as the design he would submit to Treasury for final
approval. The Department of Treasury approved the design on May 4, 2004.
More than 1,800 design concepts were submitted from around the State, and
students from the Governor’s School for the Arts narrowed the field to
five finalists. Other designs considered included "Appalachian Warmth,"
"Bridge Day / New River Gorge," "River Rafters," and "Mother’s Day / Anna
Montani Semper Liberi
... which means ... Mountaineers Are Always Free.
Bear Mountain Jitney
Time Gilley writes: "I am attaching a couple of clippings which go back to
the August 31, 1968 issue of West Virginia Hillbilly, dealing with the
Bear Mountain Jitney, etc. Not associated with Coalwood, but of interest at
The newspaper clippings are reproduced below. You may click on them to
West Virginia Coal Mining Facts
Official Web Site of West Virginia
State of West Virginia, Division of Tourism
Order a free West Virginia Travel Guide
from the State of West Virginia
Fun Places to Bike in West Virginia
http://www.wvbike.org/tan/index.html (West Virginia, Then & Now page)
http://www.wvbike.org/ (Home page)