West Virginia

West Virginia State Government

Virginia and West Virginia are a Latin nod to sovereign Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen.

Capital:  Charleston

Largest Cities: Bluefield, Buckhannon, Clarksburg, Elizabeth, Elkins, Huntington, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Wheeling, White Sulphur Springs

Present Constitution Drafted: 1872

Entered Union: June 20, 1863 (35)

Motto: “Mountaineers are always free”

State Flower: Rhododendron

State Tree: Sugar Maple

State Bird: Cardinal

State Dog: Not Specified

State Insect: Honeybee

State Song: “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home”

Nickname: Mountain State