To the Editor:
With the passage of the 150th anniversary of West Virginia, the following factoids fascinated me:
“Montani Semper Liberi” (Mountaineers are always Free) is our official state motto, but our elected and appointed officials sometimes struggle to understand and preserve our precious liberties.
“Vandalia” was the first name suggested for West Virginia, as a part of a proposed 14th colony, which included Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh, and without West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
The first name proposed for the current state of West Virginia was “Kanawha,” which now is the name of the county that includes our state capitol (Charleston).
Romney (Hampshire County) and Shepherdstown (Jefferson County) fiercely argue about which was the first incorporated town in West Virginia, but Hedgesville (Berkeley County) was the third.
The grandparents of Davy Crockett, famous frontiersman and hero of the Alamo, lived in Spring Mills (Berkeley County), where their home still stands.
The West Virginia state fruit is not our elected and appointed officials. It is the Golden Delicious apple.
For more West Virginia factoids, visit www.LarryKump.us (”Montani Semper Liberi”>entry).
Delegate Larry D. Kump (Dist. 59)
Falling Waters, W.Va.