West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 New River Gorge Bridge Now Listed on National Register of Historic Places

9/3/2013
During the 1970's construction crews braved high winds and frigid temperatures to build the New River Gorge Bridge.
Photo Courtesy of West Virginia State Archives
During the 1970's construction crews braved high winds and frigid temperatures to build the New River Gorge Bridge.

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

Whether you've driven across the New River Gorge Bridge, admired a photo of the iconic structure, walked the span during Bridge Day, or held a West Virginia quarter that bears its image in your hand - the bridge has captured the attention of many near and far with its grandeur and majestic views. Earlier this month, the National Park Service listed the bridge in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant historic resource.

A symbol of our state's ability to transform a challenge into a magnificent architectural achievement, the New River Gorge Bridge was an engineering feat. When construction began, never before had a steel arch bridge spanned such a distance. As Clarence "Spud" Chandler said of the bridge he helped to construct, "It was a big deal. It was the greatest project in the United States at the time." Today, many years later, it remains one of the greatest national infrastructure projects.

The New River Gorge Bridge is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo Courtesy of the W.Va. Division of Culture and History
The New River Gorge Bridge is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For many years following its opening in 1977, the New River Gorge Bridge remained the longest steel arch bridge in the world and, today, it is still the longest single-span steel arch bridge in the United States. At almost 900 feet above the New River, it is the third highest bridge in the nation. To construct the bridge, engineers and ironworkers overcame not only geographic obstacles, but frigid winter temperatures, strong winds, and sweltering days to build this now historic structure.

Back in the late 1970's the bridge's construction was so much more than a scenic drive. As many in the area recall, the New River Gorge Bridge replaced the Fayette Station Bridge, which was built in 1889 - connecting Fayette and South Fayette with a commute that took more than 40 minutes. Following the construction of the New River Gorge Bridge, the commute was reduced to less than a minute. Today, the bridge is a vital link - connecting nearby communities and continuing to provide access to the state's highway system.

The New River Gorge Bridge means a little something different to each of us. For me, it's a symbol of perseverance and beauty. It tells a story of our history and shows, like Spud Chandler said, West Virginia can make big projects successful.

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977