West Virginia Assets
Because of our mountains, we have rivers. The oldest river in the Western
Hemisphere, the New River (quite appropriately named, don't you think)
ends in West Virginia. We have the Gauley River, which confluence's with
the New River in a magnificent cascade to form the Kanawha River, which
in turn flows through the center of the state, and directly through the
capital city of Charleston, the largest city in West Virginia. These
rivers in addition to the Cheat, Blackwater,
Tygart, Monongahela, Ohio and countless others offer tremendous
recreational opportunities.

The tallest building in Charleston is barely 25 floors tall, which, if
you think about it, is a plus; how could you possibly build a skyscraper
more beautiful
than a mountain?

The capital city stretches throughout the long river valley encompassing
both hill and dale.

The Charleston airport, the largest in the state, sits on top of a

The crime rate in Charleston, including the entire population of the
Kanawha Valley (around 200,000), reflects that of the entire state, the
lowest in America. No more than a handful of murders are committed each

Charleston has no subway systems, but, truth be known, you can get from
one end of town to the other, even in rush  hour traffic, in less than
ten minutes.

There are three major interstate systems going through Charleston, the
smallest city in America to make such a claim.

The entire state has six different interstate systems, meaning, from
Charleston, you can reach Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh,
Louisville or Charlotte in four hours or less....

Ah, but once you leave the interstates, the drive becomes a thing of
wonder. Two lane roads, winding up and down the mountains, offer amazing
views and
historic places, small towns, poor in wealth but rich in history.

West Virginia is the birthplace of Mother's Day, in Grafton; and Father's
Day, in Fairmont.

We have the oldest covered bridge still in use. We have walnut festivals
and strawberry festivals and apple festivals and pumpkin festivals and
buckwheat festivals , and arts and crafts fairs and stern wheel regattas
and ramp dinners.

We have Bridge Day, on the New River Gorge bridge over 800 feet above the
New River; the only standing structure in the United States that, one day
a year, allows parachuting and bungee jumping.

We have college basketball, and minor league baseball and hockey, and,
just like all of America, Friday night high school football.

We have white water rafting, and skiing, and hiking, and caves, and
waterfalls, and camping in every direction. We have Sundays where a
leisurely drive in the car can take eight hours, and only cover 100

We have bed and breakfasts, and resorts, and golf courses, and museums,
and the Greenbrier Hotel. West Virginia has more natural beauty and
wonder than any person could ever imagine.

We have all of this, and yet .... our greatest asset is our people. West
Virginians are good people. We care about each other. We talk to our
neighbors over the backyard fence.

We grow tomatoes for the entire neighborhood.

We turn around in each other's driveways, and yell "howdy" when we do.

We sit on the porch on warm summer evenings, listening to crickets, and
watching kids catch fireflies.

We loan a hammer, or a cup of sugar. We don't take two-hour lunches, but
we do spend a few minutes each day with a cup of coffee, and our feet up
on our desk, shooting the breeze.

We rarely get in a hurry. We have relatives just down the street. We
don't just loan someone a socket wrench, we help them fix their car. We
share recipes, and gardening tips, and our last cup of coffee. We baby
sit each other's kids, we house sit each other's dogs while we're on
vacation, and we loan each other our cars if we have to get to the

We ask each other if we need anything as we're going to the market.

We celebrate each other's accomplishments, and we cry over each other's

We are a friendly folk. We are West Virginians.

Mountaineers are always free! Free to take the time to enjoy life, and
hold each moment in our hearts, forever
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