Almost Heaven: The History of West Virginia
West Virginia is one of two American states
formed during the American Civil War (1861 - 1865), along with
Nevada, and is the only state to form by seceding from a
is originally part of the British Virginia Colony (1607 - 1776)
and the western part of the state of Virginia (1776 - 1863),
whose population becomes sharply divided over the issue of
secession from the Union and in the separation from Virginia,
formalizes by admittance to the Union as a new state in 1863.
West Virginia is one of the Civil War Border states.
West Virginia's history is profoundly affected by its
mountainous terrain, spectacular river valleys, and rich
natural resources. These were all factors driving its
economy and the lifestyles of residents, as well as drawing
visitors to the "Mountain State" in the early 21st century.