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5 Fun Facts About December 2 In West Virginia History

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1. The first state capitol building in Charleston was completed on December 2, 1885. The building, which now serves as the West Virginia Governor's Mansion, took three years to construct and was designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.

2. On December 2, 1951, the West Virginia University football team became the first team in school history to play in a bowl game. The Mountaineers traveled to play in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, where they lost to the University of Georgia 24-35.

3. The West Virginia State Police was officially established on December 2, 1919. At the time, the force consisted of just 41 members and focused on enforcing Prohibition laws.

4. December 2, 1985, saw the worst flood disaster in the history of West Virginia. Over a period of three days, heavy rain caused severe flooding across the state, killing 47 people and causing over $570 million in damages.

5. The Greenbrier Resort, located in White Sulphur Springs, opened its doors on December 2, 1913. The luxury resort, which has hosted numerous U.S. presidents and other famous guests, boasts 11,000 acres of land and over 700 rooms. During World War II, the resort was used as an internment camp for Axis diplomats.
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