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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In West Virginia History

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1. On February 27, 1860, the Wheeling Intelligencer newspaper published an article that would inspire the formation of the pro-Unionist state government of West Virginia. The article suggested that western Virginia should secede from the Confederacy and rejoin the Union. This idea ultimately led to the creation of West Virginia as a separate state from Virginia during the Civil War.

2. In 1928, human remains were found in a cave in Greenbrier County, West Virginia that would later be confirmed as the oldest remains of a human ancestor ever discovered in North America. The remains, known as the "Greenbrier Man," date back to around 17,000 years ago and are believed to belong to a Native American ancestor.

3. On February 27, 1907, the West Virginia Coal Mine Disasters Commission was established to investigate the numerous coal mine disasters that had occurred in the state. The commission's findings led to improved safety regulations and better working conditions for coal miners in West Virginia.

4. The town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia was founded on February 27, 1776 and is home to the famous Berkeley Springs, which has been known for its healing properties for centuries. The town is also known for its historic mineral baths and the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, which has been held annually since 1991.

5. On February 27, 1913, the town of Matewan, West Virginia became the site of a deadly shootout between striking coal miners and hired guns working for the coal mine owners. The event, known as the Matewan Massacre, left several people dead and set off a series of violent conflicts between coal miners and company forces in West Virginia.
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