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5 Fun Facts About May 20 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1865, West Virginia became the third state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.

2. On May 20, 1892, the first meeting of the West Virginia Mining Council was held in Charleston, with the aim of promoting safety and productivity in the state's mining industry.

3. In 1905, the West Virginia legislature named the Golden Delicious apple as the state's official fruit. The apple was first discovered in Clay County in 1900.

4. On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh made a stop in Charleston during his historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He landed his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, at the old Edgewood Country Club.

5. The New River Gorge Bridge, one of West Virginia's most iconic landmarks, was completed on May 20, 1977. The bridge spans the New River Gorge and is the longest steel arch bridge in the world. It has become a popular tourist attraction and is also used for BASE jumping and other extreme sports.
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