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5 Fun Facts About February 15 In West Virginia History

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1. West Virginia was still part of Virginia when Thomas Stonewall Jackson was born on February 15, 1824, in Clarksburg. Jackson later became a distinguished Confederate general in the American Civil War.

2. On February 15, 1842, the town of Point Pleasant experienced a devastating flood, which destroyed numerous buildings and caused significant damage to the town's infrastructure. The flood was caused by a combination of heavy rain and melting snow.

3. In 1909, the West Virginia Legislature established a state board of control for penal institutions on February 15. The board was responsible for overseeing the state's prisons and reformatories, which included the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

4. On February 15, 1949, the Davis-Elkins College basketball team set an NCAA record by defeating Salem College 258-141. The game featured a fast-paced style of play that resulted in numerous offensive records, including most points scored in a game by a single team.

5. In 2002, the West Virginia Legislature designated February 15 as West Virginia Statehood Day in honor of the state's admission to the Union on June 20, 1863. Statehood Day is an annual observance that celebrates West Virginia's unique history and culture.
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