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West Virginia Hill Farm
One of the foothill farms of West Virginia

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West Virginia Admitted as the 35th State in the Union
June 20, 1863

Many people have retired to West Virginia to enjoy its wealth of natural resources. The state, with its Appalachian Mountains, is the highest in elevation east of the Mississippi. Forest covers about three-fourths of the state, while farms cover many of the ridges and fertile valleys. Tourists come from all over to visit West Virginia's 33 state parks, experience its world-class white-water rafting, or encounter its unique cultural traditions in music and the arts. Many West Virginians today would still boast their motto to be true: "Mountaineers Are Always Free."
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