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5 Fun Facts About October 20 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1887, the town of Bramwell was incorporated in West Virginia. This small community in Mercer County was once home to over a dozen millionaires during the coal boom of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

2. On October 20, 1962, the West Virginia University Mountaineers football team played against Penn State in a game that ended in a tie at 14 points each. This game is notable as it occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and it was uncertain whether or not the game would be canceled due to the threat of nuclear war.

3. The West Virginia State Capitol Building was dedicated on October 20, 1932. The building, located in Charleston, was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and includes a 293-foot-tall dome that is visible from miles away.

4. On October 20, 1869, the West Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as West Virginia University, opened its doors to students for the first time. Originally located in Morgantown, the university now has several campuses throughout the state.

5. The Battle of Greenbrier River, an early engagement of the Civil War, took place in Pocahontas County on October 20, 1861. The battle resulted in a Confederate victory and was significant as it demonstrated the Union's lack of preparedness and coordination in the early stages of the war.
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