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5 Fun Facts About September 18 In West Virginia History

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1. On September 18, 1851, the first passenger train arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia, marking the completion of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to the state. The event was celebrated with a parade, speeches, and fireworks.

2. In 1876, the town of Bramwell was incorporated on September 18. Once a booming coal mining town, Bramwell is now known for its well-preserved Victorian architecture and historic homes.

3. On September 18, 1912, the West Virginia Wesleyan College was founded in Buckhannon, West Virginia. The school remains a private, liberal arts college today and has consistently been ranked as one of the top colleges in the state.

4. In 1973, the Kanawha County Textbook Controversy began on September 18 when the county school board voted to adopt new textbooks that were criticized as being anti-Christian and promoting secular humanism. The controversy led to protests, book burnings, bombings, and a boycott of schools.

5. On September 18, 1988, the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament was played for the first time at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The tournament has become a popular event on the PGA Tour and is known for its scenic mountain views and challenging course.
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