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    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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  • State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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  • State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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    West Virginia Veteran's Memorial

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    This memorial, designed by P. Joseph Mullins, was dedicated on November 11, 1995, to honor the 10,174 West Virginian's who have given their lives in service to their country. These include the following West Virginia war casualties:
    World War One 1,996
    World War Two 6,341
    Korean War 954
    Vietnam War 874

    West Virginia Veterans Memorial
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    Monument to Booker T. Washington

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Booker T. Washington, a famous black educator, spent his early life in Malden, near Charleston, West Virginia. In 1881 Washington established the first vocational school for African-Americans in Tuskegee, Alabama. Today the school is known as Tuskegee University. Sculptor Bill Hopen of Sutton, West Virginia, created the likeness which was erected here in 1985.

    Monument to Booker T. Washington
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    The Mountianeer

    by Stephen-KarenConn Written Jul 13, 2005

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    Erected just two years after the statue of "Stonewall" Jackson (preceeding tip), The Mountaineer carries a U.S. flag and a musket, representing the home guard who answered Lincoln's call to arms in 1861. Sculptor Henry K. Bush-Brown of New York spent two years in West Virginia searching for a model for his work. The statue was dedicated in 1912 on the grounds of the downtown Capitol, "To the hallowed memories of the brave men and devoted women who saved West Virginia to the Union." The Mountaineer was moved to its current location on the Capitol grounds when the new Capitol was built in 1921.

    The Mountaineer
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    Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    This statue of America's 16th president was originally designed by Fred Torrey of Fairmont, West Virginia, in the late 1930s. His sculpture is based on Vachel Lindsay's poem by the same title, and depicts Lincoln pacing at night in a robe, under the strain of a nation torn apart by war. Some historians credit Lincoln with uniting the divided country, while others say Lincoln's harsh stand against states rights was the cause of the War Between the States.

    Torrey's 42-inch plaster model of the statue was exhibited in the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Torrey died in 1969 without completing the statue in bronze. Charleston sculptor Bernie Wiepper was contracted to reproduce this nine-and-one-half-foot sculpture from the original model, and it now stands in front of the West Virginia State Capitol.

    Abraham Lincoln Statue in front of State Capitol
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    The West Virginia Cultural Center

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    The Cultural Center, opened in 1976, showcases West Virginia's artistic, cultural and historical heritage. The main attraction is the WV State Museum, with three floors of exhibiton space. There is also a theatre for performing arts and dozens of exciting events and festivals are held here throughout the year. The Cultural Center Shop features the works of some 500 West Virginia craftspeople, musicians and writers.

    Hours:
    Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Weekends: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    The West Virginia Cultural Center

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  • Mountain Stage

    by tb55 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Live performance radio from the Mountain State. Visiting artists have included REM, Dr. John, Kathy Mattea, Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, Bruce Hornsby, Barenaked Ladies, Bela Fleck, Hot Tuna, Violent Femmes, Syd Straw, and on and on and on ...

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    Charleston Gnome

    by NYTim Updated May 2, 2011

    In the Downtown area there is a little gnome peeking out of a lintel on a renovated building. No one knows who placed it there.

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    Bridges across the Kanawha

    by Toughluck Written Nov 8, 2010

    Any town built along a river will likely have interesting bridges. Charleston is the capital, thus it has more bridges than some. Two Interstate Highways cross here as well as a few local streets.

    Dickenson Street Bridge I-77 (south end of town) I-77 Patrick Street Bridge
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