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5 Fun Facts About December 27 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1774, the Battle of Point Pleasant took place, which was a significant conflict between Virginia militia and Native American tribes. This battle is seen as one of the first battles in the American Revolution.

2. The West Virginia Statehood movement began in December of 1861, during the Civil War. At the time, West Virginia was still a part of Virginia, but loyalty to the Union caused the western counties to attempt to break off and form a new state.

3. In 1904, the town of Bramwell, located in Mercer County, was incorporated. Bramwell was once one of the wealthiest towns in America due to its coal mining industry.

4. December 27, 1927, marks the date of the worst mining disaster in West Virginia history. In Monongah, an explosion in a coal mine killed 362 miners.

5. In December of 1985, the first legal pari-mutuel horse racing track opened in West Virginia. The track is now known as Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort and is a popular destination for those who enjoy horse racing and casino gaming.
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