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5 Fun Facts About October 10 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1906, the first class of 53 students graduated from West Virginia University's law school. This milestone marked the beginning of a long legacy of legal education in the state.

2. On October 10, 1933, the town of Richwood was incorporated in Nicholas County. Located in the heart of the state's timber industry, Richwood has a rich history of logging and forestry.

3. In 1966, construction began on the Greenbrier Resort's underground bunker, known as "Project Greek Island". The facility was designed to house members of the U.S. Congress in the event of a nuclear attack. The bunker remained secret until its existence was revealed in the 1990s.

4. On this day in 1975, the West Virginia Lottery was established, marking a significant shift in the state's approach to gambling. Today, lottery proceeds benefit education and senior citizen programs in the state.

5. In 2018, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced the discovery of a new species of crayfish in Pocahontas County. The bright red crustacean, named Cambarus hatfieldi after the Hatfield family of infamous feud fame, is found only in a few high-elevation streams in the region.
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