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5 Fun Facts About April 30 In West Virginia History

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1. West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state of the United States on April 30, 1863. It was created during the American Civil War by the secession of several northwestern counties from the state of Virginia.

2. On April 30, 1907, the first game was played at the newly built Huntington Baseball Park, now known as Harris Riverfront Park. It was the home of professional baseball team the Huntington Blue Sox until 1915.

3. The Wheeling Stogies, a professional baseball team, played their first game in the newly formed Central League on April 30, 1884. The Stogies won their first game against the Columbus Buckeyes with a score of 9-4.

4. On April 30, 1927, the St. Marys Hydroelectric Plant began generating electricity. It was the first hydroelectric plant built in West Virginia and is still in operation today.

5. The Greenbrier, a luxury resort and National Historic Landmark in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, opened on April 30, 1778. It has been a popular vacation spot for presidents, celebrities, and other high-profile guests. During World War II, it was used by the U.S. government as a relocation center for Axis diplomats.
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