West Virginia

West Virginia Listeni/ˌwɛst vərˈdʒɪnjə/ is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the north (and, slightly, east), and Maryland to the northeast. West Virginia is the 41st largest by area and the 38th most populous of the 50 United States. The capital and largest city is Charleston.


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Blackwater Falls State Park
Brake, West Virginia
Brandywine, WV
Camp Run
Fort Seybert
Gandy, West Virginia
George Washington National Forest
Hardy County
Keyser Ridge
Keyser, WV
McDowell County, West Virginia
Monongahela National Forest
Moorefield, WV
Mount Storm
Petersburg, WV
Spruce Knob Mountain

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(Mount) Mt. Storm Lake

Want to go swimming in a lake at 3,100 feet elevation in West Virigina during the winter?

"A 1200 acre, massively heated thermal lake at 3,100 feet elevation above sea level. A 1.6 GigaWatt coal burning power plant, owned and operated by Dominion Virginia Power, super heats Mt. Storm Lake 20 - 25 degrees above normal. Fall temperatures can still be in the 90's (93 degrees on 9/17/05) while summer temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The power plant supplies 2,000,000 people in the DC area with their power. The power plant consumes 15,000 tons of coal per day and sucks up 234,000 gallons of water per minute to cool it's turbines (entire lake recycled in 2 1/2 days). Popular with scuba divers in the tri-state area practicing high-elevation dives, this rural lake is up to 160 feet deep and miles across. Locals call this Lake "Vepco". It will likely soon be more popular with parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, and more with scuba divers as it is discovered and when the new Rt. 55 Corridor-H Super Highway opens an exit ramp just a couple of miles away near the Liberty Gas Station and Convenience Store (2010). "

Fifty years later, effects of Silver Bridge disaster still felt

"Fifty years ago Friday, just before 5 p.m., 37 vehicles occupied by 64 people — a blend of local Christmas shoppers, long-haul truckers and commuting workers — were crossing the Ohio River between Point Pleasant and Kanauga, Ohio, on the Silver Bridge."

"As a stoplight on Sixth Street in Point Pleasant kept a long line of southbound traffic stalled on the span, a noise, described by some as a very loud gunshot and by others as a whooshing roar, echoed through the Mason County river town."

Silver Bridge

"The Silver Bridge was an eyebar-chain suspension bridge built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint. The bridge carried U.S. Route 35 over the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio.

On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed while it was full of rush-hour traffic, resulting in the deaths of 46 people. Two of the victims were never found. Investigation of the wreckage pointed to the cause of the collapse being the failure of a single eyebar in a suspension chain, due to a small defect 0.1 inch (2.5 mm) deep. Analysis showed that the bridge was carrying much heavier loads than it had originally been designed for and had been poorly maintained."