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 70
Sep 7, 2019
First to say it: West Virginia, Mountain Mama...

Nice Quiz! ⭐

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Level 72
Jan 18, 2021
Take me home, country roads!
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Level 49
Feb 23, 2021
To the place, I belong!
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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 57
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 57
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 85
Feb 22, 2021
I'm pretty sure Delaware is actually the oldest. :)
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Level 48
Feb 25, 2021
I think he meant by age of the population.
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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 80
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 45
Feb 4, 2021
marshall
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Level 75
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 71
Sep 11, 2020
Is there really a need to distinguish the event as not being from, say, the Yemeni civil war?
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Level 61
Feb 22, 2021
Pretty sure WV saw the civil war in Sudan and went "fuck this, I'm out"
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Level 49
Feb 23, 2021
NO BAD WORDS
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Level 50
Dec 30, 2020
Best performance on a state quiz!
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Level 72
Jan 18, 2021
For me too!
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Level 50
Mar 2, 2021
Beaten by Alaska!
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Level 43
Jan 21, 2021
Fun Fact: Me and my dad are good friends with John Denver's brother here in Ireland and we call him skelletor because of how clearly we can see he uses drugs on the daily.
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2021
Somehow that comment seems like a deleted scene from The Commitments.
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Level 65
Feb 22, 2021
John Denver was not the principal author of Take Me Home, Country Roads. It was written mostly by a husband and wife team. They showed what they had to Denver, who wanted the song for himself, and the three of them finished it together. But most of the iconic lyrics and the verse and chorus melodies were written before Denver got involved.
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Level 77
Feb 22, 2021
Bill Danoff! He was also a singer, so at the very least Bill Danoff should be accepted. Although .001% will guess that, but I actually tried it first. Danoff toyed with the "Massachusetts" first instead of "West Virginia" as they have the same number of syllables.
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Level 81
Feb 22, 2021
Credit should also go to his then-wife Mary Catherine "Taffy" Nivert-Danoff. And the song originated from a roadtrip through Maryland. Alas, the state was one syllable short.
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Level 51
Feb 22, 2021
Can u please accept mother, I kept trying that.
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Level 51
Feb 22, 2021
And I tried mothers with apostrophe. Accept one of these options
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Level 60
Feb 22, 2021
All the highway signs leading into West Virginia say "Wild and Wonderful," not "The Mountain State." How long do those signs have to be there for it to count as a state nickname?
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Level 57
Feb 22, 2021
thats a slogan not a nickname
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Level 37
Mar 1, 2021
Is the term ‘radical abolitionist’ a reference to a certain mask-off PragerU video? 😜