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5 Fun Facts About October 25 In West Virginia History

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1. On October 25, 1906, the West Virginia University Mountaineers played their first-ever football game against the University of Pittsburgh. Despite losing 0-24, this marked the beginning of a fierce rivalry that continues to this day.

2. In 1934, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School in Buckhannon, West Virginia, was founded on October 25. The school has a rich history in sports, music, and academics, producing numerous successful alumni over the years.

3. On October 25, 1960, the Brooklyn Colliery in Preston County, West Virginia, suffered an explosion that killed 8 coal miners and injured several others. The mine closed down soon after the accident, marking a tragic chapter in the state's mining history.

4. In 1994, the West Virginia State Police began using DNA testing to solve criminal cases. The first case to be solved using DNA evidence was the rape and murder of 7-year-old Ashley Nicole Gadd by her uncle, who was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

5. On October 25, 2016, local media reported that parts of a historic bridge in Wheeling, West Virginia, had been damaged by a truck carrying an oversized load. The Wheeling Suspension Bridge, which was completed in 1849, is the oldest vehicular suspension bridge in the US and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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