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Many symbols of West Virginia can be found in our West Virginia coloring pages section. This includes state map outlines, the flag, state flower, famous landmarks, state animals and other symbols of the region. These printables make a great resource for student reports.

Check out the West Virginia Unit of Study for all coloring pages, information, interactive puzzles, word jumbles, word searches, worksheets, and thematic book reviews. We even included a state quarter observation sheet!

West Virginia OutlineState Name: West Virginia
State Nickname: The Mountain State
State Capital: Charleston
State Governor: Earl Ray Tomblin
State Abbreviation: W.Va.
2 letter Postal Code: WV
Area: 24,181 square miles
Date Entered the Union: June 20, 1863
State #: 35
Borders: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Ohio River
West Virginia flagFlag Meaning: The inner part of the state seal is centered in a guilded frame and wreath of rhododendrons (the state flower) on a white rectangle. The white rectangle. An outer blue rectangle has gold trim on three sides. A red ribbon that reads "State of West Virginia," is placed above the coat of arms. Pictured inside the seal are a farmer and a miner. They represent the leading industries of the state. The rock between the men shows the date that West Virginia became a state (June 20, 1863). Two rifles lie crossed in front of the rock, with a Liberty Cap on top. The flag was adopted in 1929.
Number of U.S. Representatives: 3
State Motto: Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)
State Flower: rhododendron
State Bird: cardinal
State Song: "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home" and "The West Virginia Hills" and "This Is My West Virginia"
State Tree: sugar maple
State Mammal: black bear
State Fish: Brook Trout
State Butterfly: Monarch
10 Largest Cities (in order of size): Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Morgantown, Weirton, Fairmont, Beckley, Clarksburg, Martinsburg
Famous Residents:
- Pearl S. Buck, author
- Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Confederate general
- Don Knotts, actor
- Mary Lou Retton, gymnast
Attractions: Fort Henry, Berkeley Springs, Harper's Ferry National Monument, White Sulphur Springs, First Bituminous Coal Mine, Blennerhassett Island, Charles Town, Ice Mountain, Jackson's Mill, Seneca Rock
Agriculture: corn, dairy products, fruits, hay, tobacco, vegetables
Industries: farming, mining
Natural Resources: coal, limestone, natural gas, petroleum, salt, sand, gravel, stone, lumber

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