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The following poem was written for West Virginia’s Centennial birthday. It seems appropriate to share as once again we are set to celebrate the birth of West Virginia on Saturday, June 20.


Calhoun County centennial festivities included a ball at the high school where Sara Holliday, Edith Poling and other members of the Class of 1955 were in charge. They had live music and tables set around the gym, with table cloths and nice centerpieces.


The West Virginia Centennial


In eighteen hundred sixty-three, while war clouds hovered low,

        A Star was born to U.S.A. a hundred years ago.

They named it West Virginia and the Star became a state;

        A century of progress passed and now we celebrate.


The Union now has fifty stars and we invite you all

        To be our guests and dine and dance at West Virginia’s Ball.

Throughout the year, to guide you here, our Star is shining bright,

        ’Twill light the way for you to come and see the won’drous sight.


Of mountains high and rolling hills, green valleys in between--

        Of waterfalls and rushing streams of water, clear and clean,

That wind their way thru forests tall and flow thru evergreen

        And some are found beneath the ground and even can’t be seen.


Our lakes and streams and rivers, too, are stocked with Golden Trout

        Awaiting you, with rod and reel, to come and pull them out.

You’ll find a sportsman’s paradise, a children’s wonderland--

        And every Mountaineer you meet will lend a helping hand.


No need to go to Switzerland--come see it here, and more,

        From caverns deep beneath the ground to mountain tops that soar,

Like Hawk’s Nest--where the thrill you get will add a pleasure shock;

        And don’t forget to see the show called “Honey In The Rock.”


So come on down and visit us, and for a while abide;

        The welcome mat is out for you, the door is open wide.

Come spend vacation here, and then our song you’ll understand--

        “Oh, the West Virginia hills, how majestic and how grand!”

                                                                  --C.L. Boari


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