State Quiz - West Virginia

Can you guess these facts about the U.S. state of West Virginia?
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Last updated: September 9, 2020
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Capital city
Charleston
Most populous metro area
Huntington
States that border West Virginia
Kentucky
Maryland
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Virginia
State nickname
The Mountain State
West Virginia is famous for mining this, but today mines less than a third
as much as Wyoming
Coal
West Virginia is the only state that has two of this type of "handle"
Panhandle
May holiday that was invented in 1908 by Anna Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia
Mother's Day
Notable person who originally surveyed parts of West Virginia from 1748–1751
George Washington
West Virginia became a state during this war
Civil War
18 states have territory in this mountain range, but West Virginia is the only state
that lies entirely within it
Appalachian Mountains
West Virginia native who broke the sound barrier in 1947 and whose drawl is the
source of the "accent" that many pilots try to imitate today
Chuck Yeager
West Virginia is the epicenter of this "epidemic" that has swept the U.S. in recent years
Opioid Epidemic
19.9% of West Virginia's population is over the age of 65. Name one of the two
states that have a higher percentage.
Maine / Florida
Radical abolitionist who raided Harpers Ferry in 1859
John Brown
Harpers Ferry sits on the confluence of these two rivers (name either)
Potomac / Shenandoah
Singer who wrote "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
John Denver
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Level 68
Sep 7, 2019
First to say it: West Virginia, Mountain Mama...

Nice Quiz! ⭐

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Level 73
Jan 12, 2020
thanks for accepting just 'painkillers'. would've never guessed opioid epidemic
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Level 49
Jan 12, 2020
On the age question, what's your source? PBS shows that Maine is number one, followed by Florida, followed by West Virginia.

https://www.prb.org/which-us-states-are-the-oldest/

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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2020
I'll double-check that and get back to you.
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2020
Looks like you are right. I updated the quiz.
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Level 56
Jan 18, 2020
If I remember correctly West Virginia is the oldest state, but then the whole 65+ thing might be correct.
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Level 73
Apr 13, 2020
Harpers Ferry is also the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which is the psychological halfway point when you thru hike. Somewhere in a binder there is a polaroid picture of my bearded self. ("The Crusher' was actually my trail name on my 2010 thru hike.) Shout out to all other thru hikers out there!
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Level 78
Sep 9, 2020
Q: On November 14, 1970, 37 players and 8 coaches of this University's football team were killed (along with 25 supporters and 5 crew members) in a plane crash while returning home from an away game.

A: Marshall

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Level 74
Sep 10, 2020
I suggest you allow 'American Civil' for the war - it might not occur to a non-American just to type 'Civil'.
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Level 69
Sep 11, 2020
Is there really a need to distinguish the event as not being from, say, the Yemeni civil war?