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Charleston, West Virginia (WV)

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Where is the Capital of West Virginia?
The Map of West Virginia (WV) shows the location of the state capital in the "Mountain State". West Virginia has 55 counties, and the capital of the State is Charleston. On a map, the capital city is always indicated by a star. Interesting fun facts about Charleston including its history, location, county, current population, size of the city and the nickname of Charleston, West Virginia.

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The Map of West Virginia and map provides an outline of the state, which covers 24,231 square miles. The size of the state's capital city, Charleston, is 156.6 square miles. Test your recognition skills of the map of the state, and knowledge of its capital, with our State Maps Quiz Game.

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Where is Charleston located?
The location of Charleston is in the Allegheny Mountains, at the meeting of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in the south central part of the state. The city is located in Kanawha county, West Virginia.

Capital of West Virginia - Charleston
Each of the 50 states have their own capital city. The city of Charleston is the capital of the state. The capital does not have to be the largest city in the state, but is usually centrally located either geographically or by population.

The capital is the prominent city, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of the state where the state legislature, senate, governor, mayor and other state offices are located.

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Where is West Virginia? (WV)

The State of West Virginia is located in the Appalachian and South eastern regions of the United States.

 

History & Facts on Charleston, the Capital of West Virginia
The History and Fast, fun facts about Charleston, the capital city of West Virginia:

History & Facts about Charleston, West Virginia - Fast Fact Sheet
Fact 1: The Capital of the State is Charleston, which is also the largest city
Fact 2: The state covers 24,231 square miles and the size of the capital is 156.6 square miles
Fact 3: The population of the capital city - 125,583. Nickname "Chemicalville"
Fact 4: It is the county seat of Kanawha county.

Fact 5 on History: Native Indian tribes were the early inhabitants of the area. The names of the West Virginia tribes included the Cherokee, Iroquois, Manahoac, Monacan, Nottaway, Saponi and Shawnee.

Fact 6 on History: In 1773 the Bullitt family were deeded 1,250 acres in the area. The family sold the land to Colonel George Clendenin in 1786.

Fact 7 on History: Fort Lee was the first permanent settlement was built in 1787 by Colonel Savannah Clendenin and his company of Virginia Rangers. Fort Lee was protection for the early settlers and also acted as a meeting place.

Fact 8 on History: The settlement was named "Charles Town" and is named after Savannah Clendenin's father, Charles. "Charles Town" was soon shortened to Charleston

Fact 9 on History: In 1791 Daniel Boone, a lieutenant colonel of the Kanawha County militia, was elected to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates. The city was officially established by the Virginia General Assembly In 1794

Fact 10 on History: Salt brines from the Kanawha River were discovered in the early 1800's and the first Salt Well was created in 1806 which led to the Charleston area becoming one of the leading producers of salt in the world.

Fact 11 on History: The American Civil War (1861 - 1865) erupted and the Confederate Army defeated the Union Army in the Battle of Charleston of 1862.  Shortly after the battle ended, the Union Army returned and occupied the area until the Civil War was over

Fact 9 on History: After the Civil War, the territory of Virginia was divided and the state of West Virginia. It was decided that Charleston should be the capital following a state vote in 1877

Facts about the Population of Charleston, West Virginia
The number of people, or the population of the capital city of Charleston, obviously changes constantly but the government statistics for the 2012 population of Charleston was 125,583, which provides a good indication of the number of inhabitants of the city.

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