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5 Fun Facts About June 27 In West Virginia History

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1. On June 27, 1863, the Confederate Army under the command of General Robert E. Lee reached the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where they would engage in a three-day battle that would become the turning point of the Civil War.

2. On June 27, 1901, the state of West Virginia passed a law requiring that all coal miners be paid in cash, rather than company scrip, which was often used to exploit workers.

3. On June 27, 1917, the West Virginia State Capitol Building was dedicated in Charleston. The building, which took seven years to construct, features a 293-foot dome and is made of Indiana limestone and Vermont granite.

4. On June 27, 1921, famed prohibition agent Izzy Einstein was arrested in Parkersburg, West Virginia for attempting to purchase alcohol. Einstein and his partner Moe Smith became famous for their creative ways of catching bootleggers during the Prohibition era.

5. On June 27, 1979, the New River Gorge Bridge, located in Fayette County, West Virginia, was officially dedicated. At the time of its construction, it was the longest single-span arch bridge in the world, spanning 3,030 feet across the New River Gorge. Today, it is a popular destination for tourists and base jumpers.
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