There are certain images that are so recognizable that you don’t need any context to know what they are. Some of these have started to define West Virginia. They reflect our stories and folklore and some of our favorite places in the state. I bet all West Virginians will recognize these images.
Of course we all recognize our favorite monster, Mothman, with those red eyes and silver wings.
2. The WVU Mountaineer
Even if you've never seen a Mountaineer game in your life you probably recognize WVU's mascot, the Mountaineer, with its buckskins, coonskin cap and rifle.
3. The New River Gorge Bridge
This bridge is definitely one of the most photographed places in the state and was even featured on our state quarter.
4. The Tudor's Biscuit sign
The yellow Tudor's Biscuit logo, with its brown lettering and sunrise, is especially appealing for those who are hungry and craving a biscuit.
5. Seneca Rocks
Seneca Rocks is probably the state's most recognized rock formation.
6. Marshall University's M
Marshall grads and others know this green M as the university's logo.
7. Our coat of arms
The West Virginia coat of arms as well as our motto "Montani Semper Liberi" (Mountaineers are always free) is featured on our flag and instantly recognizable.
8. The state Capitol
The Capitol's gold dome is iconic West Virginia.
9. Signs with West Virginia's "Wild and Wonderful" motto
I love this motto and the fact that these signs welcome us back whenever we leave our borders.
10. WVU's Flying WV logo
The Flying WVY has been called one of the most recognizable logos in college sports.
11. Blackwater Falls
Blackwater Falls in Davis is another one of those places that defines the state. You can find its image on all sorts of things, from post cards to puzzles.