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West Virginia is interesting because, for one thing, it is the only state in the entire United States to secede from another state – it was originally a part of Virginia. Unlike other states, like North Carolina, who were a part of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, West Virginia decided to join the United States because Virginia had seceded; the majority of the people in what would become West Virginia didn’t want anything to do with the Confederacy, so in early 1863 they broke away and were accepted by the United States with open arms.

West Virginia officially seceded from the state of Virginia on June 20th, 1863; today, the day is a state holiday known as West Virginia Day. Officially it is still considered to be a part of the southern United States despite the fact that the panhandle of the state extends past the borders of both Pennsylvania and Ohio and is actually parallel to Staten Island, New York. The State of Virginia actually fought the secession after the Civil War had ended, but the Supreme Court said that it was completely legal and set precedent for areas of a state to secede from their state (though it has yet to happen since). The irony is that the United States fought the Confederacy for seceding, yet supported West Virginia when they seceded…hypocrisy abounds in this case, it seems.

During the summer months the average daily highs in the state usually top out in the high 80’s or low 90’s, while overnight lows typically drop into the mid-to-upper 60’s. During the winter, however, average daily highs are much lower, with highs only reaching into the mid 50’s during the day and overnight lows oven dropping to around the freezing mark.

West Virginia borders Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland and Virginia, and it is currently the only state in the United States to lie wholly within the Appalachian Mountain Range. Also, 75% of the state lies in the Cumberland Plateau or the Allegheny Plateau, which is odd considering that it is still a part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Odd geography, it seems, is abundant in West Virginia.

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