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5 Fun Facts About June 29 In West Virginia History

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1. On June 29, 1863, during the Civil War, Confederate forces captured the town of Beverly, West Virginia. Beverly was strategically important for both the Confederates and Union forces due to its location on the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, a major transportation route.

2. West Virginia became the 35th state of the United States on June 29, 1863, just a few days after the Battle of Gettysburg. It was the only state to be created during the Civil War and was formed because of its disagreement with Virginia's decision to secede from the Union.

3. On June 29, 1908, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began operation in West Virginia's New River Gorge, which was one of the most challenging areas to build a railroad. The railroad played a significant role in the industrial, economic and social development of the region, and today, its remnants are part of the New River Gorge National River.

4. In 1985, West Virginia experienced one of its worst floods on June 29. Heavy rainfall caused several rivers to overflow, and damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure was widespread. The flood resulted in 47 deaths and over $570 million worth of damage.

5. On June 29, 2014, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks visited the Johnstown, West Virginia area to help celebrate the history of the Hatfield and McCoy feud. Hanks played the role of the McCoy patriarch in the TV miniseries, "Hatfields & McCoys," which aired in 2012. His visit helped to raise money for the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce and promote the region's tourism industry.
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