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5 Fun Facts About November 9 In West Virginia History

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1. On November 9, 1965, the first section of the West Virginia Turnpike was opened to traffic. The turnpike, which stretches 88 miles from Charleston to Princeton, greatly improved travel and transportation in the state.

2. In 1889, on November 9, the West Virginia State Capitol building was dedicated. The building, located in Charleston, stands at 293 feet tall and boasts a stunning dome made of 23.5 karat gold leaf.

3. On November 9, 1913, the C&O Railway station in downtown Charleston was officially opened. The station provided a vital link between West Virginia and the rest of the country, facilitating travel and commerce.

4. West Virginia University football has seen a number of historic games on November 9th. In 1991, the Mountaineers famously upset the number one ranked University of Miami team 17-14. In 2019, WVU defeated Texas Tech 38-17 on November 9th.

5. On November 9, 1973, the state's first-ever ring-necked pheasant hunting season opened. The season, which ran until December 14th that year, allowed hunters to pursue the colorful and elusive birds in select areas of the state.
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