West Virginia State Nickname

The Mountain State

West Virginia is often referred to as the "Mountain State," a nickname that aptly captures its rugged and mountainous terrain. The state officially adopted this nickname in the late 19th century. On March 3, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state to join the Union during the American Civil War, separating from Virginia. The "Mountain State" moniker reflects the state's picturesque landscape dominated by the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Range runs through much of West Virginia, contributing to its scenic beauty and providing a home to diverse flora and fauna. The nickname not only pays homage to the state's topography but also symbolizes its resilience and enduring natural charm.