West Virginia March 18, 2015
Here Are 20 Reasons Why West Virginians Are Proud – And Rightfully So
If you have ever broken down on the side of the road (which I have many times), I hope that you break down somewhere like WV. I wouldn’t even be stopped on the side of the road for 5 minutes before people would start pulling over asking what they could do to help! Not only that, while you’re sitting there waiting on your ride, take in some of the beautiful scenery that more than likely surrounds you. Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests, so you will more than likely have some nature to gaze upon! Here are twenty reasons why us West Virginians should be proud!
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1) There is nothing more beautiful in the world than West Virginia in the fall.
2) I couldn't imagine anything more exciting than a super huge teapot! This over-sized kettle is located in Chester, WV!
3) Jackson's Mill, located near Weston, WV, was established in 1921 as the first statewide 4-H camp in America. This is Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's boyhood home. If only those walls could speak!
4) Coalwood, WV is home of the Rocket Boys which was made into a film in 1999 entitled October Sky.
5) Organ Cave is one of the most beautiful (and creepy) caves in our state. Organ Cave is the third longest cave in West Virginia at 38.4 miles! Talk about a walk.
6) The State Capitol of West Virginia is one of the most beautiful buildings that our state has, as it should be- it cost just under $10 million! At 292 feet, the capitol dome is approximately 4.5 feet taller than our nation's capitol dome in Washington, D.C.
7) Poca High School in Poca, WV was recently selected by ESPN as having the #1 sports nickname in the country, the Poca Dots! I've always thought that it looked like the red M&M after he had the pretzel crammed into him!
8) 15% of our entire nation's coal comes from our wonderful state! Considering how small our state is compared to how large our country is, that is pretty impressive.
9) Marshall University, located in Huntington, WV, is the focus of the movie We Are Marshall starring Matthew McConaughey.
10) J.R. House was a top high school football player. J.R. was a student at Nitro High School when he set a national high school record with 10 touchdown passes in a single game in 1998. He also set a national record with 14.457 career passing yards! He went on to MLB.
11) Almost anywhere you go, if you utter the name Don Knotts, someone will know who you are talking about! This Andy Griffith star was from our mountain state.
12) In the same town as West Virginia University, one of the top party schools in America, ironically resides Mountain Moonshine. What fun would a party be without moonshine?
Mountain Moonshine has only been opened since 1999. Until then, finding moonshine was like trying to find Waldo. You really just had to know someone that either made it themselves or knew someone that did. If you have never had moonshine, just imagine drinking what tastes like rubbing alcohol flavored something like "grape" or "apple pie" and then in less than a minute, feeling more drunk than you have ever felt in your entire life! P.S. If my mom is reading this, I've, uh... only heard that this is what its like.
13) Anywhere you go in West Virginia, you can simply hum the tune of Country Roads by John Denver and within minutes, everyone within earshot has the same tune stuck in their head and they have more than likely joined you in humming.
14) Jennifer Garner is a native West Virginian! I've actually had a teacher that had Jennifer in class for science!
15) I can only imagine that Brad Paisley is considered to be one of the top country singers of his time, so to be able to say that we share West Virginia as a home state is an honor!
16) West Virginia is known for having some of the best and most loyal fans! This is because we have one of the greatest universities one could possibly attend right here in Morgantown, WV!
17) Here in WV, we are proud of even our food! Two words: pepperoni rolls. If you grew up in West Virginia and you went to public school, you know exactly what I mean.
West Virginia public schools have announcements in the morning where they tell the entire school of any important dates or reminders, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and tell the school what is on the menu for lunch that day. Typically, about once or twice a month, when the announcer uttered the words "pepperoni rolls," all of our mouths were watering. The lunch room would be packed, and the scent of pepperoni rolls filled the halls. Never did you see someone leaving the lunch room on pepperoni roll day without a smile on their face, because nothing can compare to them!
18) Chuck Yeager, born in West Virginia, became the first pilot confirmed to have traveled faster than sound!
19) Near Fayetteville, WV, is the steel arch New River Gorge Bridge. For many years, it was the world's longest steel single-span arch bridge, and it is now the fourth longest. It remains to be one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world and is famous for Bridge Day!
20) One thing that West Virginians always have to be proud of is the sense of home that our beautiful state has.
No matter where I travel to or hear about, nothing seems better to me than my home state. We have a reputation of being cousin-loving and being obese, sure, but that really isn't what this state is all about. This state has the nicest people that you will ever meet, the most helpful, and the kindest. These people have the warmest hearts. No matter where life takes me, I'll never be able to call anywhere else home.
West Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in America, especially in the fall! I only wrote about 20 reasons to be proud of West Virginia, but I honestly could have written a million more. My home state is amazing! What are some things that you are proud of as a West Virginian?