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WEST VIRGINIA  
CHARLESTON  
AREA 24,087 sq miles (41st) (Land) 24,087 sq. miles (Water) 145 sq. miles
CAPITAL Charleston
FAMOUS DATES Entered Union (rank): June 20, 1863 (35) , Present constitution adopted: 1872
LOCATION 38.350N, 081.630W
MEAN ELEVATION 1,500 ft.
HIGHEST POINT Spruce knob; 4,863 feet, 24th
LOWEST POINT Potomac River; 240 feet, 31st
COUNTIES 55
COASTLINE  
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER Braxton
STATE FOSSIL  
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE  
STATE ROCK  
STATE GEMSTONE Lithostrotionella
STATE FLAG A white field is bordered in dark blue. West Virginia's flag displays a rock containing the date June 20, 1863, the day West Virginia became a state. The two men represent farming and mining. Below them are two rifles with a "Liberty Cap" on top the rifles. A banner ribbon includes the state motto " Mountainiers Are Always Free". Around the picture are a wreath of rhododendren and the name of the state on a red ribbon.
STATE COLORS blue and gold (official) (1863)
STATE SEAL  
STATE SLOGAN One Big Happy Family - Really!
STATE MOTTO Montani semper liberi Mountaineers are always free
STATE SONG West Virginia My Home ,The West Virginia Hills ,This Is My West Virginia
STATE TREE Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
STATE BIRD Cardinal
STATE ANIMAL black bear (1973)
STATE FISH  
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES Mountain State
STATE FLOWER Rhododendron Rhododendron maximum
BORDERING STATES Kentucky Maryland Ohio Pennsylvania Virginia

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