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West Virginia's capital and largest city, Charleston is
located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha
Rivers. While the city has a population of approximately
51,000, the metropolitan area includes about 225,000
BY D. FRAN MORLEY
West Virginia has a unique history. While south of the Ohio River, it is
the only state to have formed by seceding from a Confederate state
during the Civil War. A border state during the war, West Virginia was
admitted to the Union in 1863.
Rich with history of all kinds, the Mountain State also is rich in scenic
beauty with the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains split by deep river valleys.
It's no wonder that singer John Denver called it "almost heaven" in his
1971 hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads," which was named a West
Virginia State Song in 2014.